Cultural Teacher

You can find the position description (in printable format) here: Cultural Teacher 2021 Job Description.

Status:   Seasonal FT, May-Sep | Reports to: Executive Director |  Salary:​ $15-$18 hourly/DOQ

The Cultural Teacher will work closely with the program team to support the day to day operations of summer youth programming and lead Dakota and/or Lakota teachings to ensure program success for intertribal youth participants. This individual will provide youth program development opportunities in alignment with the mission; and may provide transportation to and from the farm in Hugo, MN. The ideal candidate has demonstrated knowledge of Dakota or Lakota culture and language, a strong passion for Native culture, youth leadership development, and mentorship. This position may be extended to address program needs.

Responsibilities & Expectations:

  • Attend staff trainings, weekly team and program meetings
  • Support coordinator of summer youth eduction programs, including youth recruitment, curriculum, goals, forms and reporting, supply and equipment needs, daily schedule and activities, behavior guidelines and enforcement, and evaluation
  • Build positive relationships with youth and their families
  • Provide training to youth participants to become leaders in the community
  • Collaborate with the DWH team regarding youth activities
  • Assist with meeting preparation, logistics and communications with youth, their families, and staff regarding program activities, transportation and updates
  • Support program documentation and evaluation needs related to grant reporting needs
  • Fulfill administrative duties associated with the job
  • Must be willing to adapt to change, fill in during staff absences and meet DWH needs
  • Assist in programming activities and other duties as assigned


  • Two year degree; or equivalent experience preferred
  • Knowledge of Native American (Dakota and/or Lakota) culture, language, and/or history preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of youth program coordination
  • Demonstrated ability to meet grant objectives
  • Ensure that program activities are consistent with mission, cultural values and organic principles
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with staff, youth and families
  • Experience working with Native American youth and community

Must pass a background check and have a valid driver’s license. Travel to and from the Hugo farm is required. May transport youth using a passenger van. Must have ability to work outdoors for long periods of time wearing a mask at all times; and flexibility to work occasional evenings and/or weekends.

Schedule: Onboarding and training begins in May. Summer programs are currently scheduled to begin in June (pending COVID restrictions). Programs include 2 weeks in June, 3 weeks in July and August.

To Apply: Submit cover letter, resume, and three references to Bryan at ​​. Open until filled.