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Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribal Police: Conservation Sergeant Closing Date: March 24, 2023

JOB TITLE: Conservation Sergeant 
Supervisor: Director of Law Enforcement
Status: Non-Exempt 
Salary: Grade 7 ($28.98 – $30.08 Hourly)


The Sergeant shall supervise and coordinate activities of police officers and lands in federal trust, citizens living on Tribal land and Tribal property and any additional jurisdiction pursuant to Tribal statue. The Sergeant works under the general supervision of the Law Enforcement Director and shall supervise all departmental policies, procedures and personnel.  

Excellent Benefit Package for Eligible Team Members

  • 100% Employer paid health benefits which includes a comprehensive medical, dental, and vision
  • A supplement HRA that helps with out-of-pocket costs
  • Flexible Spending Account for Medical Reimbursement
  • 100% Employer paid Short Term and Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement
  • 401K Plan with eligible match
  • MERS Plan for Law Enforcement 
  • A generous paid time off program where all employees begin earning accrued paid time off immediately upon hire
  • Generous Tuition Reimbursement Program with Educational Release Time
  • Thirteen Paid Holidays
  • Employee wellness and fitness programs
  • Opportunities to participate in NHBP Sponsored activities


The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi reserves the right to change, amend, add, delete and otherwise assign any and all duties, responsibilities and position titles as it deems necessary to meet the needs of the government.

  1. Recommends and assists in implementation of department’s goals and objectives.
  2. Patrol assigned area to control/monitor traffic and prevent crime.  Coordinate the investigation of criminal cases and conservation violations.  
  3. Investigate accidents involving fishing and hunting activities on land and water.
  4. Investigate reports of hunting/fishing/gathering violations, issue warnings and/or citations when appropriate.
  5. Assist with issuance of Tribal fishing, hunting and gathering licenses/permits.
  6. Know and enforce Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), US Fish and wildlife programs, Tribal, federal and state laws, other codes, all applicable policies and procedures within the NHBP Tribal properties and Law Enforcement Department.
  7. Assist the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Environmental Department to collect data on wildlife for evaluation and submission for grant opportunities.
  8. Assist the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Environmental Department with data collection of harvestable wildlife and provide input on bag limits and species for harvest.
  9. Assist Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Environmental Department in managing wildlife harvest data.
  10. Provides supervision and direction for Conservation/ Police officers working on conservation projects.
  11. Review and determine the hunting zone boundaries annually to ensure safe harvesting.
  12. Possess a working knowledge of multiple court structures and proceedings on an as needed basis.
  13. Function as an Act as Tribal Police Liaison to the community to enhance good public relations.
  14. Directs and performs criminal investigations when assigned.
  15. Reviews and prepares various reports on operations and activities.  
  16. Assumes active command in emergency situations.
  17. Performs any number of administrative assignments at the direction of the Director of Law Enforcement.
  18. Interim Acting Law Enforcement Director during occasional absences of the Director of Law Enforcement.
  19. Maintains and conducts audits of the department’s evidence room.
  20. Conducts daily briefing sessions for department and inspects uniforms and equipment.
  21. Detains and questions witnesses, victims, and suspects and makes arrests as necessary.
  22. Conducts preliminary investigations of incidents as necessary; collects and preserves physical evidence, protects crime scene and reports and records all facts of incident.
  23. Maintains liaison with other law enforcement agencies, courts, community groups and others as assigned.
  24. Notifies superior of major crimes or disturbances within the area and takes necessary action until arrival of superior.
  25. Answers all calls regarding service, illness, accidents, disturbances, crime, or distress and provides necessary assistance or takes appropriate action as needed.
  26. Reports dangers in streets or sidewalks, such as holes, obstructions, or leaking gas mains. 
  27. Provides general assistance and information to staff, Tribal members and general public.
  28. Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

An individual must be able to demonstrate the ability to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:

  1. Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university or eight years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  2. Five years full-time police officer experience.
  3. MCOLES licensed.
  4. Must be able to obtain a Special Law Enforcement Commission with the Bureau of Indian Affairs within the first year of taking this position.
  5. Ability to understand, gain knowledge and appreciate the differences with the Native American culture and customs. 
  6. Must maintain a valid driver's license with good driving record; and must attend EVO training every 3 years. 
  7. Ability to become CPR/First Aid certified.
  8. Ability to maintain confidentiality, including HIPAA requirements.
  9. Excellent interpersonal skills.
  10. Must possess strong administrative, organizational, and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  11. Must possess intermediate level of computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheets, and knowledge of other office equipment.
  12. Ability to be self-directed and be an excellent problem solver.


  1. Ability to qualify with department firearms.
  2. Knowledge of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Laws and procedures.
  3. Conservation Law Enforcement helpful.
  4. Community policing experience helpful.
  5. FEMA Plan Management a plus.
  6. Knowledge of basic federal and Tribal labor laws.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Skills                   

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak and respond to questions effectively before groups of customers and employees.

Mathematical Skills                   

Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's.  Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.

Reasoning Ability                   

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel such as performing data entry or handling a firearm.  The employee also must be able to taste and smell. The employee is also required to stand, walk and run; reach with hands and arms and climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds; frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The employee must possess the cognitive skills and ability to assess a situation and make appropriate decisions in imminent danger situations.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and explosives. The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analytical – Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.

Design – Generates creative solutions; Uses feedback to modify designs; Demonstrates attention to detail.

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.

Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.

Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

Motivation - Measures self against standard of excellence.

Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.

Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Initiative - Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.


This position may contain information that is security sensitive and thereby subject to additional provisions including HIPAA.


Tribal preference will be applied in accordance with the NHBP Indian Preference in Employment Code which requires that preference in employment be afforded to NHBP members, spouse/parents of NHBP members and Native Americans who meet the minimum qualifications and can successfully perform the essential functions for the position.

Opening Date: 3/13/2023
Closing Date: 3/24/2023

Contact Person: Zach Zlotnicki
Telephone: 269-704-8433
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