Employment Opportunity: Youth Summer Interns

May 12, 2022

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is hiring five (5) Youth Summer Interns (YSI) between the ages of 15 and 30 to assist with SCO projects and operations this year. Interns will be employed for a period of twelve (12) weeks starting on May 23rd, 2022, and ending on August 12th, 2022. This employment opportunity will be based in Winnipeg, MB. This position is full-time for the duration and will come with a 35 hour a week commitment.

Start Date:          Monday, May 23, 2022

End Date:            Friday, August 12, 2022

Wage:                  $15.00/hour


SCO is a growing and dynamic regional First Nations organization that represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations and more than 81,000 citizens in southern Manitoba. SCO was established 23 years ago by the Chiefs as an independent organization to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nation peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

For years SCO has made it a priority to provide quality and engaging opportunities for youth to develop their personal and employable skills and knowledge base. SCO has also invested in youth leadership by creating a regional youth council to ensure that young First Nations people are encouraged to learn about and take part in positions of governance.

SCO provides competitive compensation, opportunities for growth, the space to learn from experienced staff and leadership, as well as a positive work environment.


Reporting to the Intern Program Coordinator, who will oversee the four Youth Summer Intern staff and help them implement their work plan. YSI will assist in the coordination, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of activities related to the workplan and SCO department initiatives.

  • Assist the Grand Chief’s Office.
  • Assist SCO departments and programs and help organize SCO events.
  • Administrative tasks, taking minutes at meetings.
  • Developing and organizing document files.
  • Assist SCO staff and leadership when required.
  • Assist SCO Youth and Elders’ councils when required.
  • Conduct research and create summary reports.
  • Provide assistance at SCO or member community events and gatherings.
  • Participate in debriefing after activities, events, and gatherings.
  • Work in collaboration with the Communications Department to develop outreach materials.
  • Provide Intern Coordinator with progress updates and create presentations or reports.
  • Maintain records of program materials, activities, and budget statements to document milestones and expenses.
  • Professionally represent SCO while working with external partners.
  • Compile and analyze program data and information to produce progress annual reports.
  • Successful completion of training on water testing procedures and protocols.
  • Visit several First Nations over the summer to test key surface water sites.
  • Document and catalogue samples and findings and enter data.
  • Prepare and maintain testing kit.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Appreciate of the significance of Anishinaabe or Dakota ancestral teachings, languages, songs, and ceremonies in prompting health and wellness.
  • Knowledge of Anishinaabe or Dakota community protocols as they pertain to traditional gathering and events.
  • Ability to prepare and deliver high quality reports and presentations of diverse audiences with the ability to express ideas clearly, concisely, and respectfully.
  • Ability to problem solve and think critically with strong attention to detail.
  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be skilled in working with the internet, Windows platforms and Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Must be able to work independently, as well as with a team, and be able to prioritize and adapt within a fast-paced changing environment.
  • No experience with water testing necessary, training provided to successful candidates.


  • Some post-secondary education.
  • Fluency in Anishinaabe or Dakota.
  • Knowledge of OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession) principles.


  • Valid Class 5 Manitoba Driver’s Licence.
  • Available to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Occasional overnight travel may be required.
  • All successful candidates must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday, May 20, 2022, at 4:30 PM CST

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Human Resources
Southern Chiefs’ Organization
1572 Dublin Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0L4
Fax: (204) 946-1869 | hr@scoinc.mb.ca

*Please note resumes without a cover letter will not be considered complete*

Preference will be given to qualified First Nation candidates

Please self-identify as First Nations in your cover letter

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected will be contacted for further consideration.