Genawendang Manoomin: (full time, permanent position) for the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), located on the Bad River Indian Reservation at Odanah, Wisconsin. GLIFWC serves 11 Ojibwe tribes in the implementation and management of treaty harvesting rights. GLIFWC’s Biological Services Division employs scientists and TEK specialists with expertise in environmental, fisheries, wildlife, and wild plant issues.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the supervision of the Wildlife Section Leader Genawendang Manoomin will:
1. Assist GLIFWC member tribes in the implementation of their treaty-reserved hunting, trapping, and gathering rights in a culturally-appropriate and biologically-sound manner, especially as it relates to wild rice. Serve as expert supporting tribal litigation and negotiation as needed.
2. Work in partnership with GLIFWC Wetland Ecologist and wild rice technician to implement the Manoomin plan and evaluate success.
3. Serve as co-chair of the joint tribal/state wild rice committee in Wisconsin
4. Conduct community outreach, including tribal rice camps and youth.
5. Assist tribal rice chiefs in opening date regulated lakes as called for by LCO v Wisconsin stipulations.
6. Make relative abundance information available to tribal wild rice harvesters and report on abundance and harvests annually.
7. Attend Voigt Intertribal Task Force meetings and provide technical assistance to tribes on issues related to wild rice upon request.
8. Pursue collaborative opportunities for research and management, including reseeding efforts, in areas important to the tribes.
1. Experience in working with Tribes and tribal governments is required.
2. Extensive experience working with wild rice or with wild rice chiefs/committees.
3. Knowledge of Ojibwe language and lessons surrounding manoomin.
4. Demonstrated skill in written and oral communication.
5. Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable.
6. Indian preference will be applied consistent with GLIFWC policies and the federal Indian Self Determination and Education Act (PL 93-638).