01 Mar Tribal Liaison Specialist (Communications) – Indian Youth Service Corps (IYSC)
INDIAN YOUTH SERVICE CORPS PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Indian Youth Service Corps (IYSC) was established by the Dingell Conservation, Management and Recreation Act (PL 116-9, March 2019) under the John S. McCain 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act (21 SCS) which amends and expands the Public Lands Corps Act. The purpose of the IYSC Program is to provide a direct benefit to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian youth through meaningful education, employment, and training opportunities. Participants enrolled in the program must be between the ages of 16 and 30 inclusive and veterans up to age 35 or younger. Projects may include assisting federal and tribal governments in performing research and public education tasks associated with natural and cultural resources.
The primary goal of IYSC is to provide employment opportunities for youth and young adults with the goal of developing gainful careers, in the public or provide sectors, in conservation careers by exposing them to conservation professionals in Federal or Tribal land management agencies. Program areas that may be included through the IYSC include climate change, race equity, cultural resources, education, recreation, tourism, facilities management, and natural and cultural resource stewardship and science.
Position Description: The Office of Native American Affairs has been impacted over the past several years with first the passing of the American Indian Program Manager, then the retirement of the TRAC Program Manager. For the past two years, the Office was maintained by two people detailed into the position. It has recently been brought back to be housed in the Office of the Director.
The proposed internship position (Tribal Liaison Specialist - Communications) is in support of the ONAA. We are proposing two specific tasks for the intern:
Task 1: Update and re-design the Office of Native American Affairs webpage.
Task 2: Develop a draft Communications and Outreach Strategy in concert with the Native American Affairs Liaison and Washington Office of Communications staff.
The long-term goal of the completion of these two projects is to bring greater relevance to the Office of Native American Affairs by providing current information to the National Park Service, Tribes, Tribal representatives, Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian organizations, and the general public on topics and issues related to Indian Country.
In addition to the work products outlined above, the intern will observe government-to-government consultations with federally recognized tribal government officials and may communicate directly with indigenous communities, federal agencies, and other partners about project needs and priorities. This work will be in direct support of the federal government’s tribal trust responsibilities, a critical function of the federal government with wide-ranging implications.
This internship is designed to provide employment opportunities for youth and young adults with the goal of developing gainful careers, in the public or provide sectors, in conservation careers by exposing them to conservation professionals in Federal or Tribal land management agencies. Program areas through the Indian Youth Service Corp may include climate change, race equity, cultural resources, education, recreation, tourism, facilities management, and natural and cultural resource stewardship and science
The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate their skills and experience through their resume and application and be in pursuit of obtaining or within two years of having obtained a bachelor/master/Ph.D. degree in history, government, Native American studies, or another relevant field.
The intern selected for the position basic requirements includes:
- Must be Native American, Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian.
- Must be 18 to 30 years of age, or a Veteran 35 years of age or younger.
- Must have substantial experience productively working with tribal nations and indigenous communities.
- Must be able to demonstrate a degree of familiarity with fundamental concepts including tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, and federal trust responsibilities to tribal nations.
- Must be able to demonstrate outstanding oral and written communication skills.
- Must have experience communicating clearly, concisely, and effectively with diverse audiences.
- Must be able to work independently and with minimal supervision.
- Must be able and willing to travel occasionally to visit tribal communities and other federal offices as necessary.
- Must have a good grasp on working with computer programs to update and redesign the Office of Native American Affairs webpage.
Start: May 2021
Duration: 6 months