leading “The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters”

Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness (NMW; website: seeks to hire a Tribal Liaison to work with the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. The Campaign is a local, state, and national initiative of NMW to prevent sulfide-ore copper mining in the watershed of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The immediate focus of the Campaign is to prevent the approval and development of the Twin Metals sulfide ore mine in the watershed of the BWCAW southeast of Ely, MN.


  • The Tribal Liaison will report directly to the State Director and will manage tribal coordination with Minnesota Chippewa Tribes (MCT) and the Lac la Croix Band in Canada with an emphasis on organizing in the Bois Forte community.
  • In these priority communities, a principal responsibility will be to educate, develop and organize citizen groups that are in opposition to the proposed Twin Metals sulfide-ore mine southeast of Ely and adjacent to Birch Lake and the South Kawishiwi River.
  • Coordinate with Tribal Councils and Tribal natural resource departments and officers in reviewing project environmental documents, assist in developing Tribal responses, and assist in developing and submitting public comments.
  • Provide information and education to Tribal government officials on conservation and activism related to protecting the Boundary Waters region and the negative consequences of the proposed Twin Metals sulfide-ore mine.
  • Assist in the development of interpretive displays at the Campaign headquarters, in public presentations, and in printed and online communications materials, to appropriately reflect Native American history and culture in the story of northeast Minnesota and the Boundary Waters area.
  • Organize the logistics for and represent the Campaign at events and presentations across the region.
  • Identify and develop other organizational relationships to help expand the reach of influence for the Campaign.
  • Participate in educational and professional development opportunities to refine skills for organizing and outreach.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Affiliation with or networks within the Bois Forte (preferred), Grand Portage, Fond du Lac, or other Minnesota Chippewa Tribal Nations.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Willingness and ability to travel – this position requires travel across NE Minnesota and adjacent Ontario, Canada (travel expenses paid by NMW).
  •  Access to a functional and safe automobile (mileage reimbursement paid by NMW).
  • Passion for Native Treaty Rights, wilderness and public lands.
  • The ability to represent NMW and the Campaign in a professional and positive manner.


  • Experience with tribal outreach, knowledge of tribal government, some “standing” in one or more tribal communities.
  • Willingness to learn about wilderness policy and law, economics, environmental science, and environmental conservation.
  • Extroverted personality; position requires a lot of time talking to and interacting with the public.
  • Previous organizing experience.
  • Knowledge of Ojibwe language, culture, history, current issues and key leaders.
  • Basic computer skills (email, word processing, videoconferencing).
  • High school degree or equivalent; some college is desirable, but not required if appropriate life experience is demonstrated.


  • The Tribal Liaison position is an up to full-time, salaried position with Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, an IRS recognized 501c3 organization. Starting salary is a floor of $34,000 per year for a full-time position.
  • Compensation includes a competitive wage and benefits package with coverage or a stipend for health, dental, and vision insurance; a 403b retirement plan; 8 designated paid holidays; travel and expense reimbursement; training opportunities; and 18 “Personal Time Off” (PTO) paid days per year.
  • t is expected that the position will involve considerable travel, not necessarily “overnight” travel. The staff person will need to have access to a dependable vehicle, must be able and willing to drive several hours in a day, and will be reimbursed for mileage and related expenses.
  • No previous organizing experience is required – we will provide training and professional development for an ideal candidate.
  • The staff person will work primarily from a home office, with some availability for time in the Ely office. A computer and necessary office supplies will be provided, and a stipend for use of a personal cell phone is also provided.
  • All employees of NMW are “at will” employees, meaning continued employment is contingent on satisfactory work performance. The candidate will have a performance evaluation after 6 months, then once annually thereafter.

    Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior ecosystem. Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness is committed to equal opportunity in employment. All qualified persons are invited to apply and enrolled members of 1854 treaty signatory bands are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send a resume with a cover letter and with 3 professional references to with “Tribal Liaison Application” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Title: Alcohol and Drug Counselor III, Full Time

Location: FDL Human Services
Supervisor: Program Supervisor
Closing Date: September 30, 2020
Salary: $28.00 – $32.00 per hour

General Summary:
Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) III will provide direct outpatient drug and alcohol counseling to clients of the Fond du Lac Human Services co-occurring outpatient chemical dependency programs as an integral member of a multidisciplinary treatment team; and while assisting the program supervisor with all aspects of program operations.

Position Responsibilities:

  •  May conduct State of Minnesota Rule 25 Assessments, authorizing chemical dependency treatment.
     Provide treatment planning per Fond du Lac Ordinance and the 12 core functions of
     Provide screening for and work with clients with a dual diagnosis of chemical dependency and mental health problems.
     Perform one to one counseling, conduct education groups and provide group support for Program clients and their families.
     Provide follow-up services for individual clients transitioning into the Fond du Lac Human Services Outpatient Treatment Program.
     Develop and provide appropriate educational materials for staff and community.
     Participate on the client’s treatment team and collaborate with the treatment team members to promote the client’s recovery plan.
     Provide clinical supervision as directed by program supervisor or department coordinator for ADC I and II.
     Submit required reports to all appropriate parties.
     Appropriate work attire is required.
     Must attend all mandatory department trainings.
     Ensures confidentiality of financial records and all records for employees, band members and/or clients.
     Displays a responsive and professional manner in promptly responding to all requests, complaints, and problems.
     Recognizes that each employee is a representative of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake
    Superior Chippewa and is responsible for demonstrating courtesy, respect, and sensitivity to the needs of all others, including visitors and co-workers.
     Represents the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the department in a positive and professional manner in the community.
     Required to maintain proper attendance including reporting to work on time in accordance with applicable policies.
     Maintains a clean and organized work area.
     Due to changes and modifications in the job from time to time, employees are required to be flexible and assume other responsibilities assigned by management as deemed necessary.

Physical Requirements: Normal physical requirements.

  • Position Qualifications:
     Class D Driver’s License is required and must be insurable under Fond du Lac’s insurance requirements.
     State Licensed ADC or equivalent or eligible for Fond du Lac Reservation Tribal Licensure.
     Must have a four-year degree in Human Service, Chemical Dependency or equivalent and completed an 880-hour internship.
     Must obtain a Fond du Lac Reservation ADC III license within 6 months of hire.
     Must be CPR certified; if not currently certified must become CPR certified within 6 months of hire is required and must maintain CPR certification for duration of employment.
     Must complete Fond du Lac NARCAN training within 6 months of hire.
     If chemically dependent, must be free of use for at least two (2) years and able to document length of sobriety, and continued sobriety is required.
     Ability to maintain healthy boundaries with clients.
     Must document competence in screening for and working with clients with mental health problems, through education, training, and experience.
     One-year group and counseling experience required.
     12 hours in clinical and ethical supervision training preferred for supervision of ADC I and II.
     Knowledge of computer applications to include word processing, Access, Excel and Microsoft Outlook is required.
     Operations may consist of shift work; seven days a week and on holidays.
     Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing is required
     Ability to work independently and establish priorities is required
     Attention to detail and accuracy is required.
     Ability to establish professional and harmonious working relationships on all projects and with all parties involved.
     Subject to drug and alcohol testing in accordance with the Fond du Lac Reservation’s Personnel Policies.
     Subject to pre-employment and annual background checks.
     Travel is required.

This position is eligible for our comprehensive benefit plan, which includes medical, dental, retirement, optional life insurance, optional disability coverage and more. For detailed information please click here.


APPLY TO: Fond du Lac Human Resources
1720 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720



Central Minnesota Legal Services (CMLS):
Volunteer Attorney Program Coordinator

Located in Willmar.
Duties include: interviewing clients; recruiting volunteers, placing cases with volunteers, community outreach. Excellent verbal and written skills; strong organizational, time management and administrative skills; paralegal degree or bachelor’s. Strong proficiency in computer applications – MS Word, Outlook and Excel. Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle.
Salary: D.O.E. up to $37,364; Ex. Benes.
Resumes, references, cover letter by 10/02/20 to Sheila Merriman, CMLS, 110 6th Avenue South, #205, St. Cloud, MN 56301; No calls. EOE



Position: Relative: Kin-Focused Permanency Specialist
Classification: Regular, full time
Location: 2515 Wabash Avenue, Suite 150, St. Paul, MN 55114
To apply: send cover letter and resume to

Ampersand Families recruits and supports permanent families for older youth, and champions practices in adoption and permanency that restore belonging, dignity and hope. We are seeking experienced professionals who understand the profound impact that child welfare intervention has on the lives of children, youth and families. A successful candidate for this position will be curious about the many ways permanency work can restore belonging, dignity and hope.  An orientation of professionalism and humility that values continuous learning and commitment to give and receive consultation are requirements for successful employment at Ampersand Families.

Ampersand Families is proud to be an employer of choice with an organizational culture of excellence that embraces humor, learning and collegial support. We employ professionals who are accountable for learning the skills, building the relationships and investing the time required to achieve and support real outcomes for youth, families and excellence in the programs designed to support them.

Ampersand Families is committed to doing our part to create a more equitable child welfare system.  To that end, Ampersand Families provides equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, nationality, ethnic background, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, marital status, socio-economic status, status with regard to public assistance, political affiliation, veteran status, other non-visible differences and other protected attributes.

Ampersand Families’ programs and services focus almost exclusively on achieving permanency for older youth (10 years and older) in Minnesota’s child welfare system. Our approach to permanency work invites both prospective adoptive families and waiting youth to be deeply engaged in their own process.  For youth, in particular, being part of decisions made on their behalf is a key component to meaningful permanency work. Permanency Specialists are the frontline to achieving permanency for youth and families.  As an organization, Ampersand Families strives to strategically addressing systemic inequity and barriers to permanency for older youth, youth of color and sibling groups.  To a large extent, this commitment is demonstrated though active engagement with relatives and kin as potential permanency resources for youth who cannot return to their parent/s.

The Relative/Kin-Focused Permanency Specialist works primarily to identify, engage and support relatives who might be able to provide permanency to youth who are in the child welfare system and not able to return home to their parent/s.  The right person for this position has a deep commitment to helping relative/kin families successfully parent children and teens who have experienced trauma.  This is a professional position requiring significant amount of self-direction, irregular hours and occasional travel throughout the state of Minnesota.


  • Provide the full spectrum of permanency and adoption services, primarily to relative and kin families, including recruitment, training, home study, comprehensive matching and transition services and post-placement support.
  • Work closely to engage relatives/kin with the home study, full disclosure, placement and on-going parenting commitment.
  • Engaged participation an initial on-boarding period, which will include partnering with more experienced peers in order to develop a deep understanding of the role and the practice orientation of Ampersand Families.  For the first six months to twelve months, the Permanency Specialist is expected be present in the office whenever s/he is not in the field meeting with youth, families or professional partners*.
    *Modified during COVID.  Be present often in video communication with colleagues.
  • Frequent and in-depth consultation with peers to develop strategies, promote creativity and maintain balance in this position which has a potential for high stress and emotional investment.
  • Build relationships with the other professionals involved in the lives of each youth, and relative families to leverage those relationships to achieve permanency.
  • Commit to taking time and asking questions in order to develop a deep understanding of the social and systemic influences that contribute to disparities and over-representation of older youth and youth of color in the child welfare system.
  • Establish positive relationships with foster parents and other care providers, providing tools for them to act as a bridge for youth during the adoption process.
  • Permanency Specialists spend most of their time in the field – up to 30% of their time involve visits that require driving to meet with families who may be in any part of the state.


  • Master’s Degree in social work or related field or Bachelor’s Degree and three years’ experience in child welfare, children’s mental health, adoption or foster care required.
  • Experience with family preservation and/or relative/kin search, engagement and support or similar is required.
  • Experience with children’s mental health, adoption or foster care in Minnesota preferred.
  • Professional licensure is required, as applicable.  Social work licensure supervision (LICSW, LISW, LGSW, LSW) available on-site.
  • Experience working in permanency in Minnesota, direct family support and crisis intervention, children’s mental health and/or trauma-informed care preferred.
  • Men and persons of color are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Personal and professional commitment to anti-racism work, and understanding of the impact of systemic racism on the lives of youth who end up in the child welfare system.  Willingness to engage in difficult, respectful conversations for the purpose of strengthening the organization, the child welfare field and interpersonal relationships with colleagues.
  • Valid driver’s license, insurance coverage, and clean driving record.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and develop partnerships with wide range of community members, social service professionals, families and youth.
  • Ability to be flexible, take personal initiative, and be self-directed while embracing a work environment that demands collegial support and consultation and accountability.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. This position requires a significant amount of writing.  Both youth and family work demand the ability to synthesize large amounts of information into well-written, descriptive documents.
  • Well-organized, strong attention to detail and the ability to multi-task.
  • Available and willing to travel throughout Minnesota, including occasional overnight work trips.
  • BCA and social services background check required.

Ampersand Families has a very competitive benefit package, including Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Long-term Disability, Retirement Plan, 20 Days of PTO (accrued per year; increases with each year of employment), 10 floating holidays, plus Juneteenth and election day paid holidays. Short-term Disability Bank (accrue 5 days/year of service).

STARTING SALARY RANGE: $43,000 – $52,000
As part of our commitment to equitable hiring practices, we offer the highest starting salary based on an applicant’s qualifications that the agency is able to pay.  Therefore, we do not engage in salary negotiations at hiring.

To apply: send cover letter and resume to



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