Tribal Employment

The Human Resources Department provides support for all phases of the employement relationship, from recruitment to the employment policies and procedures that guide the day-to-day operations of all departments and programs of the Tribe. 

MISSION: The mission of the Human Resources Department is to foster a healthy employment environment that is supportive of the personal and professional goals of individual employees as well as the service goals of the Tribe as an employer.



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1) Tribal Preference

2) Benefits

3) Application

4) Positions Available


Tribal Preference

Federal law recognizes the inherent authority of Indian tribes and tribal organizations to exercise an employment preference for their own members and other Indians. This is often referred to as tribal or Indian preference.

Accordingly, preference in all aspects of employment with the Tribe will be given

1) First, to enrolled members of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe,

2) Second, to Port Gamble S'Klallam descendents and parents of enrolled Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Member children, 

3) Third to other Indians enrolled in any federally recognized tribe, and

4) Fourth to non-Indian candidates.

This preference is for the purpose of furthering the goals of self-determination and employment opportunities for the Tribe and its members.  



Hours per Week Benefits
30-40 Medical/Vision/Dental/Life Insurance/401K/Short & Long Term Disability/Annual Leave/Sick Leave/Personal Leave/Birthday Leave/Funeral Leave/Holidays
20-29 401K/Pro-Rated Annual Leave/Pro-Rated Sick Leave/Pro-Rated Personal Leave/Pro-Rated Birthday Leave/Pro-Rated Funeral Leave/Holidays



To Apply

Print and Download Application Here

2015 Application 7.30.15.pdf

Print Application, and then scan and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail (to address below) Latest version of Adobe reader may be found here.

An application is required for ALL postitions. Email your application and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR mail them attention Human Resources to the address below. You may also drop it off at the Tribal Center Reception. Final candidates must also pass a pre employment background screening and drug testing.

All Applications are due by 4:30pm of the closing date.

Human Resources
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
31912 Little Boston Road NE
Kingston, WA 98346


Positions Available (unless otherwise marked closed)





Closing Date


Heronswood Volunteer Coordinator/Gardener Assistant  FT  1 10/09/17  Closed
Heronswood Maintenance/Grounds/Custodial Worker FT  1 10/09/17 Closed
Family Care Coordinator FT 1 10/16/17 Open
MD/Psychiatric or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Services RFP 1 11/01/17 Open
Natural Resources Technician On-Call 1 10/23/17 Open
Family Prevention Coordinator FT 1 10/23/17 Open


Heronswood Volunteer Coordinator/Gardener Assistant

Job Summary:

The Volunteer Coordinator/Gardener Assistant plays key roles in the development and implementation of a volunteer program and as a gardener working hands-on alongside volunteers and staff at Heronswood botanical garden.

Under the direction of the Garden Director and Garden Manager this position will:

  • Create volunteer program goals and objectives, policies and procedures, program and recruitment materials, work plans, and benefits and recognition systems.
  • Recruit volunteers of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds; match volunteer interests and skills with Organization’s needs.
  • Plan, organize and coordinate volunteer orientations and trainings, including garden work assignments and monetary transactions with the general public during public events (e.g., garden entry fees, plant sales).
  • Maintain volunteer records in a computerized database; track and compile volunteer hours.
  • Schedule volunteers for general garden volunteer days, plant sales, garden opens, and other Heronswood events that include volunteer staffing.
  • Assist with the design and implementation of volunteer communications (e.g., e-mails, e-blasts, printed correspondence).

Performing gardener duties as assigned, working alongside garden volunteers and staff, this position will possess or gain:

  • Knowledge of growth habits and cultural needs of trees, shrubs, perennials, vines and bulbs. Ability to learn and distinguish different plants in the garden and their location.
  • Knowledge of and ability to perform and instruct in gardening tasks of weeding, mulching, pruning, reducing, cutback, fertilizing, planting and transplanting.
  • Knowledge of and ability to perform and instruct in greenhouse practices including sowing, transplanting, potting up, feeding and watering containerized plants; and proper labeling of plants.
  • Knowledge of and ability to perform and instruct in proper use of garden tools, equipment and their maintenance and care; tracking tool inventory, cleaning, storage and upkeep; garden safety.
  • Knowledge of and ability to learn Latin and common names of plants and how to record and verify plants.
  • Horticultural training; able to instruct in growth habits and cultural needs of trees, shrubs, perennials, vines and bulbs. Ability to learn and distinguish different plants in the garden and their location.
  • Position requires some evening and weekend work.
  • Other duties as assigned and appropriate for this position.


  • Education/Experience: High School diploma or GED. Hands-on garden work in a professional horticultural setting of at least 12 months and at least 6 months of experience supervising garden volunteers required.
  • Licensing/Certification: Reliable and legal transportation and a Valid Washington State Driver's License.
  • Ability to understand and follow policies and procedures is required.
  • Ability to work independently or in groups is required.
  • Experience working with the general public is highly desirable.
  • A self-starter who takes direction well and is able to work efficiently unsupervised is required.
  • Basic knowledge of MSWord and Excel desirable; able to learn to input and maintain records kept on a computer database and e-mail distribution systems.
  • Good problem solving skills and a flexible personality very important.
  • Able to pass a criminal background check and a UA Drug and Alcohol test is required.

Physical Requirements

  • Regularly required to finger, handle, reach with hands and arms.
  • Frequently required to walk, sit, stand, and bend over.
  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Normal audio and visual acuity.

Typical Environmental Conditions

The worker is subject to outside environmental conditions on a daily basis, including rain, cold and heat.


Heronswood Maintenance/Grounds/Custodial Worker

Job Summary:

The purpose of this position is to assist in the maintenance of buildings and other physical structures, grounds and infrastructure of the Heronswood Campus which includes Heronswood Garden. This position is regular and full time. The Maintenance, Grounds & Custodial Worker reports to the Lead Maintenance Worker.

Duties Include:


  • Assists with painting and/or repairing masonry, woodwork, windows, and building furnishings; building, repairing, and/or installing cabinets, counters, walls, floors, doors, building framework and trim; maintaining and repairing plumbing and electrical fixtures. Moves and assembles furniture and equipment. Maintains greenhouse structures.
  • Assists with grounds work, following Heronswood Garden standards, to include mowing, hedging, and weeding; raking, disposal of leaves and other debris; spreading fertilizer, mulch, compost and gravel; limbing up trees; wood splitting and helping with firewood distribution.
  • Assists with infrastructure work including maintaining roadways; assisting with repairs and/or installation of plant irrigation systems and wells; building/repairing wooden and stone fences, arbors, and other outside property structures.
  • Serves as custodian of Foundation and Heronswood buildings and assures they are kept in clean and sanitary conditions. Duties include cleaning floors (sweeping, mopping, vacuuming) and other surfaces and windows, cleaning and sanitizing toilets, sinks and common touch surfaces such as door handles, light switches, etc.; dusting as needed; emptying trash and recycling bins; restocking toilet paper, paper toweling, soap; maintains supplies and equipment in tidy and organized manner.
  • Helps to ensure the security of all maintenance equipment and supplies in designated locked storage areas; helps with lock up of buildings and gates when needed.
  • Follows adherence to standard safety practices for all work activities (e.g., proper use of tools and equipment; safe application of chemical products; use of protective clothing and footwear, ear and eye protection, hardhats, etc.).
  • Must be able to perform all work duties with minimal interruption to other staff occupying buildings or visiting public.
  • Works well in cooperation with other tribal staff.
  • Attends and participates in various staff meetings.
  • Other related duties as assigned by the Lead Maintenance Worker.


Education/Experience: High School diploma or GED, or equivalent work experience of 2 years. Working knowledge of all outdoor grounds equipment such as, riding mower, push mower, weed eaters, backpack blowers, trimming shears etc. and Tribal operations.

Other: Ability to use a broad range of power tools and other necessary equipment.

Licensing/Certification: Valid Washington State Driver's License.

Able to work some evenings and weekends.

Travel Requirements:

Local, statewide and out of state travel may be required.      

Physical Requirements:

  • Regularly required to finger, handle, reach with hands and arms
  • Frequently required to walk, sit, stand
  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 100 pounds
  • Normal audio and visual acuity


Family Care Coordinator

Job Summary:

The mission of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe Family Care Coordinator is to enhance the quality of life of Tribal children and families through the delivery of excellent child welfare services. This position focuses on the Tribe’s deeply held value of protecting children and keeping families together whenever possible. This position operates under the Tribe’s family code and within the standards of the Department of Children and Families.

Duties Include:

Care Coordination: Protection of children- under moderate supervision performs specific functions related to the protection of children, reconciliation of families, and ongoing services to children and families where there is court involvement such as:

  • Explains program policies and provisions of the Tribal Code and program procedures to families, individuals, and members of the community
  • Develops and implements appropriate family protection plans including which are goal directed, have specific behavioral objectives, and are measurable and time limited.
  • Maintains case records, required forms and reports.
  • In consultation with prosecuting attorney and CFS Director and Child Welfare Investigator prepares and documents cases for court proceedings.
  • Refers clients for psychological/psychiatric evaluations, treatment, and other community resources.
  • Provides psycho-social summaries, home studies and other appropriate correspondence with outside agencies.
  • Provides and or arranges for supportive services such as consultation, problem resolution and crisis counseling for out of home providers.
  • Provides transportation for clients.
  • Supervises visitation between children and adult family members.

On Call Response: Provides on-call response as per scheduled rotation.   Documents on call response in case files

Training: Participates in in-house case staffing, multi-disciplinary and/or multi-agency case staffing; participates in unit staff meetings; participates in beginning and intermediate department and non-department training as appropriate.

Other Duties as Assigned.


  • To listen, observe, communicate, interview, understand, confront and engage in problem solving and conflict resolution with adults, children or families.
  • To work cooperatively with individuals and groups.
  • To effectively present material to community agencies, court, potential resources, and multi-disciplinary teams in written and oral form.
  • To interview effectively with hostile children and resistive children and adults; counsel children of all ages with varying degrees and abilities.
  • To manage a caseload in an efficient and effective manner.
  • To develop and implement casework plans to remove barriers for socially and economically disadvantaged clients so that family preservation and reunification may occur.
  • To identify economic, social, cultural, physical, and environmental factors which support or limit family or individual functioning.
  • Occasionally required to stand and lift or move up to 25 pounds.


  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in Social Work, Child Welfare, Sociology, or related field preferred. Minimum of 2 years’ experience in social work or working with families or children
  • Licensing: Valid WA State Drivers License
  • Current First Aid & CPR Card, or ability to get one within 60 days of employment.
  • Other: Basic computer skills, including word, excel
  • Must have a thorough understanding of the Indian culture, Indian family dynamics and the Indian Child Welfare Act through personal experience.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must pass FBI check if you have lived outside of Washington State for the last three years.

Travel Requirements:

  • Local, statewide and out of state travel may be required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Regularly required to finger, handle, reach with hands and arms
  • Frequently required to walk, sit, stand
  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds


Request for Proposal

MD/Psychiatric or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Services

Background of Tribe and Intent


“Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe uses our many resources to maintain a proud, strong, healthy, educated community that uses innovation to ensure all our people enjoy a good quality of life.”

Mission: The mission of the government of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe is to improve the quality of life for all tribal members. We accomplish this through decision-making that considers future generations, competent administration and management, preservation and protection of our rich cultural heritage and natural resources, the enhancement of economic opportunities, and the protection of tribal sovereignty through determining our own destiny.

Brief Description of Tribe

The Port Gamble S'Klallam Reservation is located on the northern tip of the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State. It is situated on Port Gamble Bay, for generations an important natural resource for Native Americans. The Port Gamble S'Klallam Indian Tribe has been increasing its interaction with its neighbors in the North Kitsap area, making it known that it is concerned about issues related to growth, water resources and land use. By expressing these concerns and working with members of the surrounding communities the Tribe is taking its rightful place as a responsible citizen and custodian of the natural resources surrounding its home.

The Tribe is one of 29 federally recognized Indian Tribes in Washington State. The population of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe is currently just over 1,131 enrolled tribal members. About half the tribal members reside on the reservation, along with other Native Americans and non-Indians. More information about the Tribe can be found at the Tribe’s website:

Intent of Tribe

The Tribe is seeking proposals from interested parties to provide psychiatric, behavioral and mental health services for Port Gamble S’Klallam children, youth and adults. The Port Gamble S’Klallam Behavioral Health Program enhances the quality of life of the Tribe and its members through the culturally appropriate deliver of prevention, education, early intervention, treatment and ongoing support services using a holistic approach for individuals of all ages and their families.

This is an independent contractor position and does not have benefits.



Desired Scope of Services

  1. Provide specific billable therapeutic services, consultation and/or provision of direct psychiatric behavioral and mental health services for Port Gamble S’Klallam tribal children, youth and adults.
  2. Participate in clinical staffing, medication management, and psychiatric evaluations and related follow-up services.
  3. Experience working in a Tribal community and using NextGen software is desired.
  4. Total services provided will not exceed 24 hours per month.
  1. Proposed Schedule
  1. Tribe to release RFP by: October 6, 2017
  2. Proposals due by: November 1, 2017
  3. Tribe interviews and selects by: December 1, 2017
  1. Proposal Requirements/Guidelines
  1. Letter of Interest and current resume listing experience necessary, including educational background and professional licenses.
  2. Proof of liability insurance and current Washington State Department of Health licensure.
  3. Proof of DEA licensure.
  4. Description of experience working in Tribal communities, and of services provided to Tribal clients.
  5. Description of experience in providing psychiatric evaluation and medication management.
  6. Estimated fee for providing services, or billing rate based on up to 24 hours per month for psychiatric services, to cover the period of January 2, 2018 through December 31, 2018. State the manner and frequency in which bills would be presented.
  1. Procedures for Submission


Interested consultants are invited to submit their proposal prior to 4:00 p.m., November 1, 2017. Proposals should be submitted to:

Jolene George, Behavioral Health Division Director

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe

31912 Little Boston Road N.E.

Kingston, WA 98346

(360) 297-9674

Email submissions preferred to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All material submitted in response to this Request for Proposals becomes the property of the Tribe and will not be returned.

  1. Selection Criteria and Qualifications (In no particular order)
  1. Ability to meet desired scope of services.
  2. Described experience in psychiatric evaluation and medication management, particularly in Tribal communities.
  3. Experience using the NextGen software.
  4. Meet applicable professional and licensure requirements.
  5. The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe reserves the right to award a contract according to its Indian Preference Policy.
  1. Rejection of Responses

The Tribe reserves the right to reject any or all responses to this Request for Proposals or to award a contract to the next most qualified candidate, based solely on the Tribe’s judgment, if the successful candidate does not enter into a contract with the Tribe within thirty (30) days after the selection of the provider by the Tribe.

  1. Dispute Resolution and Waiver of Sovereign Immunity

Any candidate responding to this Request for Proposals should include a statement of their consent to the jurisdiction of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Court for the resolution of any disputes that may arise between the consultant and the Tribe along with their agreement that any waiver of sovereign immunity that may be included in a contract between the Tribe and the consultant will be limited to declaratory and injunctive relief in Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Court.


On-Call Natural Resources Technician


Job Summary:

The Natural Resources On-Call Shellfish Technician shall assist the Shellfish and Finfish Managers with on-going intertidal and subtidal shellfish projects along with hatchery operations. The technician shall also be available to assist the water quality, habitat, and forestry programs as needed.

Duties Include:

  • Assisting in habitat and population surveys for intertidal/subtidal shellfish and finfish species, and testing water quality.
  • Assisting with monitoring of shellfish and finfish harvesters at various times and locations throughout the U&A.
  • Assisting with project tasks related to shellfish sanitation program requirements and marine biotoxin sampling regimes.
  • Participate in hatchery work as needed and especially the egg take, incubation and rearing.
  • Participate in and assist the hatchery manager with the successful collection of brood stock, holding, spawning/fertilization, carcass disposal, and incubation of eggs.
  • Assist with fish transport activities as needed including moving coho smolts to net pens.
  • Assisting in the implementation of tribal shellfish, finfish and forestry management programs in addition to shellfish enhancement and habitat restoration projects.
  • Assisting in monitoring and/or compliance/enforcement diving within the Tribe’s geoduck fishery.
  • Entering data along with written activity reports.
  • Assist other Natural Resource programs with seasonal projects such as spawning at the hatchery, feeding fish and wood cutting.
  • Other Duties as Assigned.


  • Education/Experience: High School diploma or GED.
  • Experience working as a Technician preferred.
  • Accurate data collection abilities including error checking and data entry skills.
  • Must have boat operating skills including trailering.
  • Certified SCUBA diver status preferred but not required.
  • Excellent listening skills to grasp opposing views, compromises, and community needs.
  • Licensing/Certification: Must possess a valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Personal Computer Skills: Basic personal computer skills are required, as well as the ability to learn word processing, spread sheet and other software programs.
  • Other: Ability to take initiative and work independently on projects.
  • Ability and willingness to work daytime, evenings and weekends, and travel, as required.
  • Must comply with the Tribe’s Substance Abuse and Personnel Policies


  • Regularly required to finger, handle, reach with hands and arms
  • Frequently required to walk, sit, and stand
  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Normal audio and visual acuity

Travel Requirements:

  • Local, Statewide and out of state travel may be required.         


 Family Prevention Coordinator


Job Summary:

The Family Prevention Coordinator enhances the quality of life of Tribal members through the delivery of case management services to residents within the Reservation service delivery area, provides prevention services to the youth and conducts interviews with family members to determine eligibility for services. The Family Prevention Coordinator is under the direct supervision of the Behavioral Health Director.

Duties Include:

  • Prevention Services: Plan and provide youth prevention services in schools, youth center, early child hood and other Tribal locations as appropriate.
  • Training: Attend and complete required training courses in order to perform job. Attend any other meetings or training required by the Tribe.
  • Timeframes: Work within time frames and deadlines dictated by program requirements.     
  • Reporting: Track data needed for the program by inputting correct and up to date data into the appropriate database. Contribute information for quarterly reports. Keep monthly lists of cases worked. Coordinate with the Behavioral Health staff and other eligibility staff to assure applications for mutual clients are processed properly and timely.  
  • Meetings: Attends and participate in various community meetings and staff committees whose goals directly or indirectly relate to the program objectives.
  • Personal Contacts: Maintain regular contacts of a positive nature with clients, staff, community members, and others to accomplish tribal objectives and preserve good public relations.
  • Other Duties as Assigned.


  • Education: HS diploma or GED required. Degree in a human services related field or currently working towards degree desired. Chemical Dependency experience preferred.
  • Experience: Experience in motivating and assisting youth and families is required.
  • License: Valid Washington State Driver’s License, first aid and CPR cards required.
  • Background Check: Must pass a criminal background, fingerprint & child abuse and neglect record check.
  • Other: Basic personal computer skills are required, as well as the ability to learn IDVD and word-processing, spreadsheet and other software programs. Should enjoy working with children. Must be able to work with staff in a confidential manner.


  • Regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel and talk or hear.
  • Frequently required to walk, sit, stand and reach with hands and arms.
  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.                    

Travel Requirements:

  • Local, Statewide and out of state travel may be required.          



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