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Part-time Mentor for Native American Youth (POSITION FILLED)

Updated: Jun 22, 2023


We are seeking a part-time mentor to help Native American youth strengthen cultural identity and positive self-esteem as they increase health and wellness resiliency, and raise appreciation of traditional ecological knowledge.

The Native American nonprofit, Elderberry Wisdom Farm (EWF), founded in 2018 in Salem, Oregon, has created the Native American Journey of Transformation and will provide culturally-tailored multimedia classroom education for Native American high school students at an Indian boarding school in Salem OR.

We are hiring a part-time Mentor with experience working with Native youth to teach health and wellness plus ecology in the classroom. This is part of a project with the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at University of Washington and Elderberry Wisdom Farm. We have designed lesson plans that integrate traditional cultural arts and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and are designed to strengthen students’ health and wellness resilience, positive cultural identity and self-esteem. Candidates need past experience working with Native American youth, some classroom and outdoor experiential ecology experience, and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills. Since they will co-teach with certified educators, a teaching certificate is a plus, but is not required.

Position Description: Mentor is being recruited for the Native American Journey of Transformation to:

  1. Co-teach health and wellness resiliency and/or ecology in order to strengthen learning success, and engage in traditional cultural arts, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and multimedia.

  2. Exemplify positive Native American cultural values with students, co-workers and partners.

  3. Collaborate with the youth and elders’ council, school educators, administrators, and partner.

  4. Protect identifying or personal information from release to other parties and ensure that participant lists are stored properly and destroyed as identified in human subject protocols

  5. Attend weekly team meetings; submit weekly reports; engage in staff assessments.

  6. Assist with other activities as needed.

Part-time work at $25 an hour for up to 20 hours a week through May 2023. This position will extend Sep-May over three-years, with an option to expand to full time. If you have questions or need additional info about our organization or the opportunity, see our website To apply, please email an expression of interest and your bio to Sara at

Elderberry Wisdom Farm is a Native American nonprofit corporation committed to Native American cultural sustainability, multimedia education and career pathway planning. Projects include the five-year NIH health and wellness research partnership with Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at University of Washington and Chemawa Indian School, in Salem, Oregon. Mission Statement: Elderberry Wisdom Farm provides opportunities for Native Americans, communities of color and public audiences to raise awareness of the rich cultural heritage and Traditional Ecological Knowledge of America’s First Peoples. We work with diverse collaborative partners to provide educational and workforce opportunities so Native people can fulfill meaningful career pathway plans, strengthen health and wellness and achieve prosperity.

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