The Project Assistant works within the Environmental Protection Division of the Tribal Historic and Cultural Preservation Department to ensure the preservation, protection, and management of the natural environment and homelands of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (FTBMI). Under the direct supervision of the Program Director and in collaboration with the project team, the Project Assistant will be responsible for assisting in the deployment and coordination of The Tiüac’a’ai, Healthy Land Project. The Project Assistant will work towards the project overarching goal of developing an Environmental Advocacy Strategic Plan that will lay the groundwork and formulate a road map for the FTBMI to be able to better protect cultural and burial sites as well as environmental issues affecting its historic lands.


 Project Description The Tiüac’a’ai, Healthy Land Project is a community driven project of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians designed to address the following need: (1) build the capacity of the tribal government to engage in environmental advocacy, (2) create a plan to move 60 acres to land conservancy, and (3) develop an Environmental Advocacy Strategic Plan with the tribal community’s voice centered in the process. The Tiüac’a’ai, Healthy Land Project will not only support the Tribe’s increased capacity and planning, it will impact the Tribe’s ability to move dozens of acres into the Tataviam Land Conservancy. The primary stakeholders of the Tiüac’a’ai, Healthy Land Project are the 800+ Tataviam tribal citizens who will benefit from an increase of community value through the strategic planning process and preservation of the riparian and chaparral acreage moving into the Tataviam Land Conservancy.

 DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: until the position is filled.

Salary: $22.00 / hour

Duration: Fulltime

Begin: Immediately



  • Assist with the formation and management of the project Steering Committee comprised of representation from Tribal leaders, elders, partners, community, and staff
  • Establish, nourish, and maintain effective working relationships with the internal tribal stakeholders, project steering committee, and community at large
  • Assist with the development of a plan that stipulates policies and practices for data collection and evaluation for the Environmental Management Division
  • Conduct research and analysis of community engagement methodology used by other tribal communities, with a focus in California, community led, tribal initiatives and craft a tailored plan for which to implement the strategic planning sessions, deadlines, and responsibilities
  • Collaborate in the development of the Tribe’s pilot environmental and cultural land trust plan to move 60 acres of land in to the Tribe’s Land Conservancy
  • Generate internal and external communications for the Environmental Program Director, manage and ensures appropriate and timely follow up on requests for information or action. This includes scheduling and developing agendas for meetings; taking detailed notes during meetings, and tracking next steps and follow-ups to completion
  • Collaborate with the Project team to enact a multimedia strategy to engaging our tribal community via mixed methods such as mailings, social media posts, online surveys, digital newsletter, etc.
  • Assist Program Director in maintaining a secure project management platform for data collection and task tracking
  • Assist with writing quarterly grant reports
  • Assist in responding to environmental consultation notices
  • Willingness to carry out other duties as assigned by the Director.


  • Must possesses excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians. If hired, the applicant will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Must be dependable, punctual, self-directed, willing to take initiative, detail-oriented, and courteous and personable when dealing with the public
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record as determined by the company’s insurance carrier.
  • Must be willing and able to become licensed and/or certificated in other skillsets, such as HAZMAT, HAZWOPER, and Incident Qualifications Card (Red Card), when and if requested/needed.
  • Must have intermediate or higher MS Office software skills and be able to create and manage excel or excel like spreadsheets
  • Exemplary writing and editing skills and an ability to prepare clear, accurate and concise summaries and reports in a timely manner
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and comprehend project goals and priorities, work independently, exercise sound judgment, and acclimate to adaptive project management
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Conflict resolution skills

Required Education:

  • Environmental Science Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education OR experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the position’s essential duties and responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of, or ability to quickly learn, FTBMI policies and functions.
  • Must demonstrate some knowledge of culture and history of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians.

Physical Demands

  • Requires standing and/or sitting for sustained periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • Requires repetitive movement of the fingers, wrists and hands.
  • Occasionally involves fieldwork, which is subject to the environmental conditions of the season.
  • Ability to walk or hike up to a mile periodically.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) statute knowledge
  • Understanding of Land Conservancies structure, operations, and policies
  • Experience working with tribal governments, processes and policymaking
  • Proficiency in GPS technologies and associated software

Confidentiality: This position develops, maintains, and is responsible for safeguarding the computer/electronic and hardcopy file folders containing sensitive and proprietary information about the Tribe and its members. The applicant must maintain confidentiality of all work and files pertaining to enrollment, clients, survey results, and all other material that may identify individuals by name (either directly or by reference), as set forth by the Tribe. Any violation in this matter may result in immediate termination of employment. Benefits: Comprehensive medical, dental, and paid holidays a year. Drug Testing Policy: The successful applicant for employment must submit to and pass a drug test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.  

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a resume, application, and cover letter via email to:   Miguel Angel Luna, Environmental Project Director Environmental Division Tribal Historic and Cultural Preservation Department Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians 1019 Second Street, Suite 1 San Fernando, California 91340 Recruitment Timeline:
  • Posting: 12/14/2020 – 1/04/21
  • Applications Reviewed: 1/4/21-1/08/21
  • Job Offer: Mid-January 2021
**Timeline is approximate