Tribal Research Technicians (3)

Job Title:                  Tribal Research Technicians (3)

Department:            Culture& Heritage

Reports to:               Culture & Heritage Director

FLSA Status:           On-call/Seasonal    

Opens:                      Re-opened 02/16/2017

Closes                       Open until filled 

Salary:                       Commensurate to G 4/5/7 DOE

This Candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screen and Criminal and Character Background Check.


Assists in anthropological field work, literature searches, and subsequent report writing related to assigned project areas and topics.  Uses knowledge and experience gained in the workplace of cultural anthropological methods, and applies that knowledge and training in every day work assignments.  Works closely with the Project Lead to effectively complete assigned tasks.  Assists in the performance of documenting office, home, and in-field interviews related to research subject locations.   Assists the project lead in collaborating with Burns Paiute tribal community members to document oral history and tradition, as well as further document important historical to present day tribal practices.   


  1. Assists with interviews of tribal community members related to their knowledge and understanding of specific project areas and locations.   
  2. Maintain strict confidentiality in regard to information gathered during research projects, cultural site locations, etc.
  3. Assists in maintaining a systematic process for obtaining data related to specific project areas and locations.  
  4. Works efficiently to assist the Project Lead in gathering, synthesizing, interpreting, and reporting research related findings in a written format.
  5. Carries out specific assigned work tasks that support the overall research objectives.
  6. Assists in the coordination of interviews, field trips, and project meeting schedules as assigned by the Project Lead.
  7. Provides regular progress updates of assigned tasks to the project lead.
  8. Assist in preparing updates of project activities to present to the Cultural Advisory Committee, and the Tribal Council as requested.
  9. As needed, performs general office support to others in the Culture & Heritage Department including such tasks as letter writing, mailings, processing meeting minutes, correspondence to Culture& Heritage Project participants, etc.
  10. Other duties as assigned.

The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.  Other duties may be assigned.



  1. High school diploma or GED required (or will obtain diploma/GED within 3 months of employment).
  2. Ability to work effectively with tribal community members (demonstrated experience preferred).
  3. Possess a working understanding of Indigenous Great Basin cultures, and the ability to assist in the incorporation of those cultural norms into research methods and practice.
  4. High energy individual with the ability to provide assistance and support to collaborative anthropological research projects working on assigned tasks with minimal supervision.   
  5. Introductory knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite programs (GIS experience also a plus).
  6. Experience with or ability to quickly learn effective use of digital recorders, digital cameras, etc.). 
  7. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  8. Ability to assist the Project Lead in best practices for collaborative research in the Burns Paiute Tribal Community.        
  9. Ability to learn quickly and employ all aspects of cultural anthropological inquiry pertinent to assigned research projects including manipulating digital media, transcription, and research report writing.
  10. Valid Oregon Driver’s License required (or will obtain within 30-days of employment).



Indian preference will be given to candidates showing proof of enrollment in a federally recognized tribe.  In the absence of qualified Indian applicants, all applicants not entitled to or who fail to claim Indian preference, will receive consideration without regards to race, color, sex, politics, age, religion, or national origin.


HOW TO APPLY:  Applications are available on our website:  Burns Paiute Tribe or picked up at 100 Pasigo Street, Burns, OR 97720 Monday - Friday 8-5pm.

Return completed Burns Paiute Indian Tribe Application Curriculum vitae or Resume, college transcripts (if applicable), and a research paper writing sample (4 page minimum) to:

To apply, please submit application to:
Human Resources Dept. 
Christina Van Holland
100 Pasigo St
Burns, OR 97720
Phone: 541-573-8013
Fax: 541-573-2323
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Burns Paiute Tribe

Welcome to the Burns Paiute Tribe.


  +1 (541) 573-2088 Administration
  +1 (541) 573-1910 Tribal Council
  100 Pasigo St. Burns Or 97720

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