Snoqualmie Tribe
  • 29-Nov-2017 to 05-Jan-2018 (PST)
  • Culture
  • Snoqualmie, WA, USA
  • 20.06
  • Hourly
  • Full-time

Competitive medical, dental, life and disability insurance benefits after 60 days employment; 401k retirement plan after 90 days employment; generous paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave.


This position carves numerous projects such as canoes, masks, paddles, story planks and other woodcrafts. Participate in various Snoqualmie Indian Tribe culture events, trainings, and ceremonies. Provide safe canoes and paddles for Canoe Journey and other events. Carefully and safely transport children and elders in canoes for long periods of time. This is a non-exempt position that reports to the Director of Culture.


  • Carve wood for many projects such as canoes, masks, paddles, and story planks. Accurately determine and cut appropriate dimensions and shapes of carved objects.
  • Maintain canoes in good condition. Sand wood, fix cracks, ensure canoes are dry and oiled regularly, especially while in storage in the off-season.
  • Coordinate with department staff to research and incorporate Snoqualmie culture into various Tribal events/activities, such as drum-making, weaving, resource gathering, song, and dance, canoe journey, conferences, etc.
  • Generate all necessary material requests, check requests, and support material to ensure project completion.
  • Mill logs for projects. Sharpen saws, set up mill, measure out thickness of planks, and move planks to dry.
  • Skipper/pull canoes. Load canoes and ensure safety of people on board at all times.
  • Properly sharpen, maintain, and store tools and equipment. Properly maintain, organize, and keep clean shop and storage areas.
  • Source and purchase materials and supplies as needed to accomplish carving projects.
  • Share information with tribal members, staff, and local communities on Snoqualmie history, culture, and woodcraft traditions. Work closely with these groups and individuals to help build and maintain positive relationships.
  • Follow all safety regulations and ensure others follow them when on canoes or interacting with woodcraft projects. Report potentially unsafe conditions and recommendation appropriate corrective action.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Two or more years' demonstrated knowledge and experience of various Northwest Native tribal carving traditions and techniques, including canoes and different techniques used in coastal, inland, and northern regions.
  • Experience working in a shop environment and past participation in Canoe Journey or similar events preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of Snoqualmie history, culture, and traditions.
  • Ability to safety skipper canoes in various types of water and weather conditions for long periods of time.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations.
  • Excellent eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity. Be creative and have a sense of design.
  • Knowledge of different types of wood and how they will work for certain projects. Knowledge of handheld and electrical tools.
  • Valid unrestricted Washington State driver's license required. Qualified driving record required.
  • Must be able to pass random and pre-employment drug screening, including for marijuana.
  • Must pass background check.

Additional Information

  • Pay starts at $20.06 per hour.
  • Competitive medical, dental, life and disability insurance benefits after 60 days employment.
  • 401k retirement plan with employer matching contributions after 90 days employment.
  • Generous paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave.
  • The 8 hour work shift includes a paid lunch hour.
  • This is a full-time, hourly non-exempt position and employment is at-will.

The Snoqualmie Tribe gives Indian preference to candidates who can provide proof of enrollment in a federally recognized tribe. In the absence of qualified Indian applicants who meet the qualifications listed above, all applicants not entitled to or who do not claim Indian preference, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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