Employment & Contract Opportunities

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

ʔaq̓am is located in the beautiful, sunny centre of ktunaxa Traditional Territory in the southeast corner of British Columbia. If you love the outdoors, the mountains, fresh air and the sun, this is the place for you.  We are here to work towards achieving ʔaq̓am’s Vision: “A vibrant, healthy community, speaking our language, governing effectively, and maximizing our lands and resources for the benefit of future generations and all living things, in a manner consistent with qanikitȼi (our values and principles).”

Be a part of an excellent team, perform meaningful work that will realize long term benefits, share in worthwhile accomplishments, celebrate successes, join in the camaraderie, build strong relationships and enjoy life long learning!

EXECUTIVE AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT

PERMANENT FULL-TIME

The Executive and Communications Assistant “ECA” works closely with the Director of Operations, the Director of Lands “The Directors” and the Human Resources Generalist to support the work of the departments.  The ECA oversees the communication function for the departments and provides high level executive and administrative support to the Directors of Operations and Lands and Human Resources Generalist.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Primary administrative support to the Directors, completing a wide range of administrative tasks including preparing correspondence and documents, processing payments, creating promotional and communication material etc.
  • Assists with completing human resources, payroll, and benefit reporting requirements to internal and external stakeholders in a timely manner with various repetitive deadlines
  • Coordinates and provide administrative support (e.g., scheduling meetings, prepare meeting packages, set up of meeting space, preparing meetings, minutes, file maintenance, etc.) to various committees of the departments.
  • Develop highly engaging communications materials and digital content, to promote the impact of projects, ensuring the website and social media are kept up to date and messaging is consistent and in line with organization policies and branding guidelines.  Oversee the social media and Webpage communication for the departments.
  • Support staff recruiting initiatives by posting advertisements, tracking advertising campaigns and receipt of applications. 

The successful candidate holds completion of education or training in Business Administration/Communications or management field with diploma or higher.  experience working as an administrative or executive assistant to a Chief Executive or Senior Director.  The ability to maintain strict confidentiality, with respect to discussions, documents, records, and other information. Critical thinking skills with the ability to problem solve. Proficiency in Microsoft Office.  Valid First Aid or willingness to obtain. Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License.

Please see full job description for more information

Recruiting at ʔaq̓am

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5.

email: 

Applications will be accepted until a qualified candidate is hired and will be reviewed as received.                  

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry and ʔaq̓am encourages applicants to self-identify within your application.  Thank you to all those that apply, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

REGISTERED CARE AIDE PERMANENT PART-TIME

The Registered Care Aide (the "RCA ) is responsible for administrating the home and community care program. Daily tasks include assisting clients in the Community with tasks and routines, supporting them to achieve and maintain their best health in consultation with the RN and Collaborative Care Team

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide elder/community care daily; assist clients with personal care and daily activities including cooking, prompting to take medication, assisting with daily exercise, cleaning, attending events/daytrips with them, shopping, and wellness checks and appointments.
  • Perform administrative duties related to clients, including maintaining client chart, filing etc.
  • Plan social and recreational events and day trips for clients including coordinating event details (venue, food, etc.) and promoting the event to the Community in accordance with annual plans.
  • Participating in a collaborative team-based model of care ensuring that client support is in alignment with health and wellness care plans.

The Successful Candidate holds a minimum of 2 years experience in a similar role a Registered Care Aide Certificate, Food Safe Certificate and completion and possession of Valid CPR and First Aid Certificate. A clean criminal record and provide proof of such as well as provision of a clean drivers abstract and a Valid Class 5 driver’s license.  Please see the full job description for more information.

Salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications and includes a favorable benefits package and pension plan.

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “Registered Care Aide” to:

Recruiting at ʔaq̓am

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5;

email: 

Applications will be accepted until a qualified candidate is hired and will be reviewed as received.                       

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry and ʔaq̓am encourages applicants to self-identify within your application.  Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

SCHOOL BUS DRIVER

PERMANENT PART-TIME OR ON-CALL/CASUAL

The School Bus Driver is responsible for the transporting student to and from the ʔaq̓amnik̓ School, ensuring a safe environment for students at all times.  Ensure proper maintenance of the school bus and take any required actions to ensure it is in good working order.  Supervise students during bus trips.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Operate school bus, transporting children to and from school and on field trips.
  • Perform basic mechanical inspections; determine required maintenance, and complete repairs/arrange for repairs with mechanical facility.
  • Perform safety check of vehicle prior to each trip.
  • Complete required tasks to ensure safe and continuous bus operation, including cleaning and interior and exterior and refueling.
  • Inform students of safety rules and enforce these rules during trips.
  • Supervise students during trips.

The Successful Candidate holds completion of specialized bus driver training. Valid Class 2 driver’s license with air brake endorsement as well as possession of a clean drivers abstract. Completion of and possession of valid CPR and First aide certificate.  Experience in the transportation industry is an asset.  Vulnerable Sector Check and Criminal Record Check clearance required.

Please see full job description here for more information

Salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications and includes a favorable benefits package and pension plan.  Shifts are typically 7:00 – 9:00 am and 2:30 – 4:30 pm on school days for an average of 4 hours per day/20 hours per week.  There is opportunity for additional hours for field trip coverage as well.

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “School Bus Driver” to:

Recruiting at ʔaq̓am 

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5.

email: 

Applications will be accepted until a qualified candidate is hired and will be reviewed as received.                  

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry and ʔaq̓am encourages applicants to self-identify within your application.  Thank you to all those that apply, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CUSTODIAN

ʔaq̓am is seeking a self motivated and highly organized individual to fill the positions of Custodian to perform key maintenance and cleaning functions within the Department of Operations.  The Custodian is responsible for the cleaning of all Band owned facilities. The Custodian will also be responsible to inspect and undertake routine maintenance of the facilities for the purposes of ensuring that the site is suitable for safe operations and maintained in an attractive and clean condition.

Training, Education, and Experience

  • High School Diploma
  • Physically fit and have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Able to perform routine maintenance
  • Highly motivated and able to prioritize work tasks
  • Willing to work a flexible schedule
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a diverse team environment
  • Able to operate equipment used in industrial maintenance including electrical cleaning equipment, common tools, etc; and adhere to safety and chemical usage practices
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license and safe driving abstract
  • Valid First Aid Certificate
  • WHMIS certified
  • Must undergo Criminal Records Check, including the vulnerable sector check (VSC)
  • Previous experience working with a First Nation’s organization, and knowledge and appreciation of the culture, values and political objectives of the ʔaq̓am Community would be a definite asset.

This position includes participation in our group benefits plan and pension plan!

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “Custodian” to:

Recruiting @ ʔaq̓am

ʔaq̓am Administration

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5   e-mail:  

Applications will be accepted until a qualified candidate is hired and will be reviewed as received.   

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry, ʔaq̓am encourages applicants to self-identify within your application. If you are a Ktunaxa citizen who is interested in this opportunity but do not feel you have the necessary qualifications, please contact the Ktunaxa Nation Council Education and Employment Sector at Training & Job Search : Ktunaxa Nation

Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

INTERNAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!

HEALTH AND WELLNESS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISANT

Permanent Full-time

The Health Centre Administrative Assistant will perform a variety of clerical and administrative duties in support of the Community Health and Wellness Department.  This permanent, full-time role will report to the Director of Operations and Community Services. 

KEY DUTIES

Provide telephone and in-person receptionist duties for the health and wellness centre;
Provide and manage clinic intake and bookings;
Provide administrative and clerical support;
Practitioner Support;
All other administrative or medical assistance duties as assigned.

Training, Education, and Experience

Post-secondary education or a combination of education and experience
2-4 years’ office and administrative experience in a medical office or health facility
Knowledge of the health care field and training or experience to complement i.e Care Aid, Medical Office Assistant
Valid First Aid certification
Valid Foodsafe certification
Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check.
Valid Class 5 Driver’s License.

Please see the full job description here

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “Health and Wellness Administrative Assistant” to:

Recruiting at ʔaq̓am 

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5.

email: 

Closing Date: Monday, May 23, 2022 @ 4:30 p.m. MT - Any applications received after this time will not be considered. Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Internal applications are only open to current ʔaq̓am employees, ʔaq̓am members or Ktunaxa Citizens. We encourage you to self identify in your application. 

 

OPERATIONS YOUTH SUMMER STUDENT (2 POSITIONS)

The operations summer student is an opportunity for ʔaq̓amnik and/or Ktunaxa youth to gain early experience and skills working in the facility operations and maintenance department. Under the supervision of the Operations Coordinator, the operations summer student will assist with projects focused on the operation and maintenance of ʔaq̓am community infrastructure.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Complete routine ground maintenance including operations of lawn care tools including lawn mower, trimmer etc.
Complete training on tools and equipment.
Assist with custodial duties.
Assist with the collection of water samples and learn how to report results
Assist in the development and maintenance of the ʔaq̓am Community Garden
Assist with the collection of data from housing renovation projects.

The Successful candidate must be capable of working for full workdays in the field performing physical labor, as well be capable of travelling to and from the ʔaq̓am Band Administration Office for scheduled shifts. Strong focus on safety and the ability to follow safe work procedures.  Must demonstrate the ability to work with people with different backgrounds and demonstrate knowledge of Ktunaxa people and culture.

Click here to see the full job description of this position

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “Operations Summer Student” to:

Recruiting at ʔaq̓am

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5.

email: 

Applications will be accepted until May 29, 2022

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry and ʔaq̓am encourages applicants to self-identify within your application.  Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (CAO) - PERMANENT FULL-TIME

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is responsible for leading ʔaq̓am’s overall strategic direction and operations and is responsible for overseeing and directing all programs and services offered by the Organization, as well as administering the Organization’s annual operating budget.  This position is the primary liaison between Chief and Council and the Organization, implementing any directives or decisions. The CAO is also responsible for leading employees to achieve ʔaq̓am’s Vision, Mission, and Values, and monitoring organizational performance.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in the updating of ʔaq̓am’s strategic plan, overseeing its implementation and achievement, and ensuring alignment of individual department work plans and goals. 
  • Strong mentorship focus, passing on knowledge and growing current staff and community members to develop their skills.
  • Maintain regular communication with Chief and Council on the Organization’s activities and operations, including priorities, successes, opportunities for improvements, and discuss recommendations. 
  • Manage and provide leadership to all Directors/Senior Leadership Team, keeping apprised of day-to-day activities and oversee department work plans; ensure individual and departmental short and long-term objectives are achieved.

The successful candidate will possess exceptional leadership skills, hold extensive knowledge of intergenerational trauma, the effects of colonization and residential schools and a trauma informed workplace.  Completion of post-secondary education in Public Administration or Business Administration or other relevant education combined with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar role within a senior level position leading all operations for an organization in a First Nations/Aboriginal environment.  Previous experience working directly with Chief and Council is required as well as extensive public speaking, human resources and accounting and/or finance experience.

For further information or to apply, please visit Leaders International

Salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications from within a range of $102,000 - $150,000 annually and includes a favourable benefits package and pension plan.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired and is also advertised with Leaders International

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry and ʔaq̓am encourages applicants to self-identify within your application.  Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

POLICY ADMINISTRATOR/LAND CODE ADVISOR

Position Summary:

The Policy Administrator/Land Code Advisor is responsible for managing the planning, implementation and administration of the ʔaq̓am Amended Land Code, according to natural law and qanikitȼi (ʔaq̓am values and principles) for the use and benefit of all ʔaq̓amnik̓ (ʔaq̓am people present and future generations).   A major function of this position is to facilitate the development of laws, policy and procedure arising from ʔaq̓am Amended Land Code. This position is critical in supporting the Director of Lands and Natural Resources in achieving goals and objectives as set out in ka kniⱡwitiyaⱡa or Our Thinking: ʔaq̓am Community Strategic Plan. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for law approval processes under ʔaq̓am Land Code as directed by Chief and Council.
  • Ensures organizational compliance with ʔaq̓am Amended Land Code.
  • Research and keep informed of pertinent information and developments in areas such as First Nation Environmental Protection, Environmental Assessment laws and regulations and/or Canadian Environmental Protection/Assessment laws and regulations.
  • Works closely with Staff, Leadership and the Lands Committee to communicate Land Code development initiatives and lead Community engagement and consultation efforts.
  • Works collaboratively with external partners to implement Land Code initiatives.  Partners may include but, are not limited to: Lands Advisory Board Resource Centre, Department of Indigenous Services Canada, the Ktunaxa Nation Council and other Land Code communities.
  • Drafts leases, permits, licenses, easements to support ʔaq̓am and ʔaq̓amnik̓ operated initiatives.
  • Helps ʔaq̓amnik̓ interpret and complete forms within the Lands Management Manual.
  • Ensure land instruments are recorded in an accurate and timely manner within the First Nations Lands Registry.
  • Provides, as required, communications to ʔaq̓amnik̓ as specified under Land Code.
  • Represent the interests of ʔaq̓am in the negotiation and drafting of lease/license/permits/easement agreements

The successful candidate holds a minimum of a Bachelors and/or Masters in Planning, Land/Resource Management, Law, Public Administration, Policy or a related field with 3 years’ experience in a similar role, implementing and monitoring strategic plans, policy and law development and land and resource development is preferred.  Project management experience would be an asset as well as demonstrated knowledge of Ktunaxa/Aboriginal people and Ktunaxa/Aboriginal culture.  We are seeking a strategic, analytical thinker with a Community focused approach who will take initiative to prioritize multiple projects with a high degree of ethics, confidentiality and integrity.  You must have a clear Criminal Record and provide proof of such as well as provision of a clean driver’s abstract and a Valid Class 5 license. 

View the full job description of this position here

Salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications and includes a favourable benefits package and pension plan.

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “Policy Administrator/Land Code Advisor” to:

Recruiting at ʔaq̓am
email: 

Applications will be accepted until the role is filled

Applications will be accepted until a qualified candidate is hired and will be reviewed as received.

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry and ʔaq̓am encourages applicants to self-identify within your application.  Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

ʔaq̓am Trading Retail Associate - Part Time

ʔaq̓am Trading is the retail store and fuel station, for the community of ʔaq̓am. ʔaq̓am Trading is seeking a self-motivated, energetic and a friendly customer oriented individual to fill the position of Part-Time, Retail Associate. The Retail Associate position will be key to assist in covering shifts when required and will be required to work weekends, holidays, mornings and evenings as required.

The Retail Associate is responsible for the following, which includes but is not limited to;
• Overall retail store operations, including use of point-of-sale systems, maintaining merchandise displays, following cash management procedures and monitoring cash over/under and inventory
• General cleaning duties, maintaining a fresh and clean atmosphere inside and outside of the store
• Develop and maintain positive relationships with customers, and work colleagues so that we ensure customers always return
• Complete daily paperwork and data entry in a timely manner
• Have the physical ability to perform all duties of a retail associate
• Identify and resolve customer needs in a timely and professional manner
• Adhere to merchandising and vendor policies and procedures
• Adhere to all permitting and license regulations
• Follow safety and security procedures pertaining to the store
• Assist with social media marketing and promotional ideas to help increase store traffic and sales
• Assist in business development and growth efforts for ʔaq̓am Trading
• Always promoting ʔaq̓am Trading professionally and positively

QUALIFICATIONS & ATTRIBUTES:
• Satisfactory completion of grade 12 preferred
• Experience in retail store operations
• Comfortable using computers and point of sale software
• Physically fit and have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs
• Highly motivated, organized and able to prioritize work tasks
• High degree of professionalism when interacting with work colleagues and customers
• Ability to work independently and would like to continually learn
• Valid First Aid Certificate preferred
• Valid Class 5 Driver’s License
• Must be willing to undergo Criminal Records Check and must be “bondable”

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “ATLP Retail Associate” to:
Recruiting at ʔaq̓am
7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook BC, V1C 7E5
Email:
Closing Date: Will remain open until suitable candidates have been found

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry and ʔaq̓am encourages applicants to self-identify within your application. Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Thank you to all applicants however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

INTERNAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!

Language & Culture Researcher

1 YEAR TERM FULL-TIME POSITION

ʔaq̓am is seeking a self motivated and highly organized individual to fill the position of Language & Culture Researcher to perform key work with the St. Eugene Cemetery.

Position Summary:

The Language & Culture Researcher is responsible for:

Working with and seek direction from Language Speakers and Knowledge Holders
Contact archival bodies such as the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Royal BC Museum, Ktunaxa National Council archives, etc. for the purposes of obtaining records relevant to the operation of the St. Eugene Residential School
Administer and manage contracts for works on the St. Eugene Cemetery, cemetery, church and hospital
Liaise with the Ktunaxa Nation Council Traditional Knowledge and Language sector, as needed
Review archives and identify relevant information to the identification of unnamed burials within the St. Eugene cemetery
Develop communications and updates for ʔaq̓amnik̓ and Ktunaxa citizens
Draft content and design for signage and monuments within the cemetery
Oversee cultural protocols with respect to contractors working on site etc.
Seek funding, prepare proposals and submit final funding reports to support project work
Draft contracts and manage projects as they relate to the position duties
Submit cemetery maintenance requests to Operations as needed

Training, Education, and Experience

Previous experience in a similar research role and relevant education will be considered
Excellent listening and communication skills
Excellent document management skills
Problem solving skills
Highly motivated and able to prioritize work tasks
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a diverse team environment
Previous experience working with a First Nation’s organization, and knowledge and appreciation of the culture, values and political objectives of the ʔaq̓am Community is a must.

For further information about this position, please visit our website aqam.net under Employment and Contract Opportunities

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “confidential” to:

Recruiting at ʔaq̓am
email: 

Applications will be accepted until the role is filled - Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Internal applications are only open to current ʔaq̓am employees, ʔaq̓am members or Ktunaxa Citizens. We encourage you to self identify in your application. If you are a Ktunaxa citizen who is interested in this opportunity but do not feel you have the necessary qualifications, please contact the Ktunaxa Nation Council Education and Employment Sector.

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Casual On-Call Positions Available!

ECEs, ECE Assistants or Responsible Adults!

ʔaq̓amnik̓ Daycare Centre

At ʔaq̓am we are dedicated to working toward our community Vision, collaborating to provide quality programs and services to ʔaq̓amnik̓ (the people).   By infusing our Ktunaxa language and culture into the programming at our ʔaq̓amnik̓ Daycare Centre we are laying the foundation for the next generation of strong and healthy Ktunaxa citizens.  Our employees enjoy exposure to Ktunaxa culture and language, a cohesive work environment, and a dedicated and enthusiastic team!

Key responsibilities will include:

Assist with or provide quality childcare as well as plan and carry out developmentally and age appropriate educational activities to engage children aged 1-5 years in learning;
Help, or assist ECEs to help, children complete daily tasks and routines to gain independence and provide constant feedback and communication to build self-esteem; 
Function as a member of our cohesive, positive, flexible and exuberant team, which includes staff, management, parents and community members.

Successful candidates will have:

Early Childhood Educators:

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certification and licence to practice;
Doctor’s medical clearance letter;
Up to date immunization record;
First Aid Certificate;
Vulnerable Sector Check Criminal Record Check.

ECE Assistants:

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Assistant Certification and licence to practice;
Doctor’s medical clearance letter;
Up to date immunization record;
First Aid Certificate;
Vulnerable Sector Check Criminal Record Check.

Responsible Adults:

At least 19 years of age;
Able to provide care and mature guidance to children;
Have completed a course, or a combination of courses, of at least 20 hours duration in child development, guidance, health and safety, or nutrition, or willing to take this training; 
Have relevant work experience;
Vulnerable Sector Check Criminal Record Check.

Preference will be given to candidates who also have:

Previous experience working in a First Nation community.

Food Safe certification.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to:

ʔaq̓am                                                                                      Fax:  (250) 426-8935                                                            

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5                     Email: 

Position will remain open until a suitable list of on-call candidates is established.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry. If you are a Ktunaxa citizen who is interested in this opportunity but do not feel you have the necessary qualifications, please contact the Ktunaxa Nation Council Education and Employment Sector.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!

Traffic Control Flagger

D&B Flagging & Traffic Control is a rapidly-growing business, proudly owned by member bands of the Ktunaxa Nation since 2018. Our Office is located at the ʔaq̓am Community just outside of Cranbrook, BC. We are currently looking for multiple highly motivated, organized and responsible individuals to join our team in a dynamic and rewarding environment.

The successful candidates should look to have relevant experience and qualifications which align with the roles and responsibilities outlined below. This position is required immediately and can be based out of Cranbrook, Kimberley, Creston, Radium, Invermere or Elkford!

Roles and Responsibilities

• Driving fully equipped pickup to sites;

• Setting up standard signs for work zones;

• Guiding vehicles safely through or around work zones and accident scenes;

• Communicating direction clearly to contractors, the public and other flaggers on site;

• Self-motivated and safety oriented team player.

Qualifications

• Traffic Control Certification;

• Must be professional, patient, alert, respectful and direct, even in situations of confrontation;

• Must be able to stand for a long period of time in all weather conditions;

• Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Remuneration: Salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications. D&B Flagging offers competitive wages.

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “Traffic Control Flagger - Confidential” to:

Closing Date: Open until all positions are filled. Thank you to all those applicants that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry. If you are a Ktunaxa citizen who is interested in this opportunity but do not feel you have the necessary qualifications, please contact the Ktunaxa Nation Council Education and Employment Sector.

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EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES:

To view other opportunities please visit:

http://www.ktunaxa.org/careers/current-postings/

Columbia Basin Trust Opportunities

http://ourtrust.org/about/careers/