Repatriation Specialist

Pay Range: $77,000 – $103,306 per year Classification: Non-exempt

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria exists to exercise our inherent sovereign powers, customs, and traditions; to perpetuate our unique native heritage; to preserve and protect the rights and privileges of our Tribe; to establish justice in the conduct of tribal affairs; to work for the social and economic betterment of all Citizens; and to foster the value of education.

The Repatriation Specialist will provide project coordination for repatriation activities, and work collaboratively with tribal elders, cultural bearers, the Tribe’s Sacred Sites Protection Committee, museum representatives, and federal agencies as needed. The Repatriation Specialist must be able to develop, implement, and provide a high level of support to repatriation activities, consistent with the Tribe’s cultural values.

• Conducts research and gathers documentation for repatriation claims.
• Organize and participate in meetings with museum representatives to negotiate the return of cultural items.
• Assist with developing repatriation claims.
• Assist with grant reporting and writing grant proposals.
• Assesses and evaluates summaries, inventories, and documentation provided by various parties for repatriation claims
determinations to provide to the THPO for consideration.
• Assists with designing, entering, and updating information, reports, and images into the repatriation database.
• Develop training and presentations on repatriation for the tribal community and appropriate departments.
• Assists with tribal committee meetings as needed and related to repatriation.
• Assists the THPO with review of NEPA/NHPA/CEQA Documents related to Repatriation laws.
• Contributes to developing repatriation policy, guidelines, and protocols.
• Attends NAGPRA Review Committee meetings hosted by the National Park Service and any other appropriate
trainings/workshops to stay current on repatriation activities.
• Perform other duties as assigned.


Experience: Two (2) years of experience working in Tribal Government, Cultural Resources, Environmental Sciences field, or related fields.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, American Indian Studies, or a closely related field.

• Five (5) years of direct experience in the repatriation or historic preservation field.
• Master’s degree in Native American studies, Government, History, or related field.

• Ability to plan, coordinate, and direct varied and complex operations.
• Sound judgment and problem-solving skills, including when there is no precedent to draw upon.
• Strong organizational and communication skills.
• Ability to establish and maintain strong interpersonal relationships with employees at all levels throughout an organization
and to lead, create, and promote a positive and supportive work environment.
• Demonstrated accuracy and thoroughness, with the ability to monitor your own work to ensure quality.
• Ability to work efficiently and effectively when in high-pressure situations and under deadlines.
• Ability to delegate and conduct oversight appropriately to ensure timely completion of all required tasks and projects.
• Advanced knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
• A record of satisfactory performance in all prior employment as evidenced by positive employment references from
previous employers.
• Ability to adhere to the highest level of professional ethical standards.
• Ability to understand and apply applicable Federal and Tribal laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and program
• Ability to interact in an honest, trustworthy, and respectful manner with FIGR Tribal Citizens, Tribal Council and other
officials, employees, visitors, and vendors.
• A record of satisfactory performance in all prior employment as evidenced by positive employment references from
previous employers.
• Strong cultural sensitivity and ability to work effectively within a Native American tribal government environment.
• Ability to perform other duties as assigned.

Work environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the primary functions of this job. Normal office conditions exist, and the noise level in the work environment can vary from low to moderate. Limited overnight travel may be required from time to time.

Physical demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to frequently stand, walk, sit, bend, twist, talk, and hear. There may be prolonged periods of sitting, keyboarding, reading, as well as driving or riding in transport vehicles. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include reading, distance, computer, and color vision. Talking and hearing are essential to communicate with Citizens, employees, vendors, and staff.
Mental demands: There are a number of deadlines associated with this position. The employee must also multi-task and interact with a wide variety of people on various topics and, at times, complicated issues.

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria is a federally recognized Indian tribe, and, pursuant to its Indian Preference Statute, gives preference in hiring in the following order of priority: (1) Citizens of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, (2) Native Americans who are members of or affiliated with a California Indian Tribe with ties to Marin and Sonoma Counties, (3) Native Americans who are members of or affiliated with any other California Indian Tribe, and (4) other Native Americans who are members of a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe. Aside from employment preference as provided in this section, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, age, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, medical disability, or political affiliation.