State-wide Health Improvement Program Coordinator/Garden Educator

Prairie Island Indian Community

Welch, Minnesota

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details starting $53,000
Deadline Nov 30, 2023
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

SUMMARY: The SHIP & Tobacco Grants Coordinator/Garden Educator will be responsible for managing the projects set forth in the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) & Tobacco grants through Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for the Tribe. The employee is responsible for, promoting healthy eating, active living, and traditional tobacco while encouraging culture and reconnection with the land. They are also responsible for overseeing the Tribe’s Cultural Garden and Community Garden and spaces and conducting on-the-ground work. They will also prepare necessary monthly reports and invoices. The employee will serve as the Tribal representative to other agencies and contractors with regards to the grant. The employee will also be requested to assist with other tasks within Land & Environment Department as needed.


The following duties and responsibilities are not meant to be all inclusive and may be adjusted to meet business needs.

  • Carry out objectives set forth in the SHIP & Tobacco grants in a timely manner, following the work plan timeline and adjusting as needed.
  • Coordinate with Dept. staff, consultants, external agencies, and volunteers when working to complete project goals.
  • Communicate project progress with Minnesota Department of Health representative.
  • Prepare all required reporting of the grant working with Grants Manager and the Finance Dept. to complete all invoices and financial reports, and ensure expenditures are within budget.
  • Manage the Cultural & Medicinal Garden near the Elder’s Center to benefit the community through connection and sharing traditional knowledge.
  • Manage the Community Garden and promote community participation through active living and healthy eating.
  • Supervise Tribal Garden Assistant and Tobacco Cessation & Education Consultant.
  • Coordinate Wicozani Waṡte “Good Health” Committee by developing monthly agendas with the core committee members, managing budget, and communicating monthly meeting reminders, minutes, and recordings.
  • Coordinate community outreach and events—cooking/preservation classes, traditional tobacco, food sovereignty, etc.
  • Properly maintain equipment and other project material.
  • Assist with other projects/tasks as needed within the Department



  • Associate’s degree in public health or related field
  • Minimum one (1) year of experience in organic gardening and/or public health
  • Minimum one (1) year in grant management
  • Strong writing and verbal communication
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel (data management; reporting)
  • Ability to travel occasionally
  • Able to work independently and effectively with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work well within the existing team and government structure
  • Sensitivity to Native American culture
  • Must pass drug screen (UA) and a criminal background check
  • Must possess valid driver’s license (with proof of insurance)


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health or related field
  • Experience using motorized vehicles – UTV operation
  • Background of Dakota or other native people’s cultural/medicinal plants and uses


  • Must have the ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Must have ability to utilize garden equipment and tools
  • Must be able to walk, stand or sit for long periods throughout the day
  • Must be able to push, pull and grasp objects routinely
  • Must be able to bend and crouch frequently
  • Ability to work in extreme temperatures and weather conditions


  • Effectively Handling Harassment training
  • Any position-related training as determined by department manager


  • Work is performed in an office setting and outdoors and may include exposure to extreme weather conditions

Please visit our Employment Opportunities page: https://prairieisland.org/employment 

Send application along with resume, cover letter and references to Human Resources unless otherwise indicated within the job posting. Application materials may be emailed directly to bailey.saas@piic.org. If you have questions, please contact:

Bailey Saas, Human Resources Coordinator
Prairie Island Indian Community
5636 Sturgeon Lake Road
Welch, MN 55089
Office 1-800-554-5473, ext. 4121
E-mail: Bailey.Saas@piic.org

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Category Environmental Education, Sustainability
Tags Sustainable Agriculture