Traditional Medicine Support Worker / Apprentice

Job Closing: Sep 18, 2019

Division: Health Services, Mental Health

Job Code: 21-1093

Salary Range: $24,835.20 to 40,456.00 ($11.94 to 19.45)

Status: Full-time, term (6/30/2024), non-exempt

SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Traditional Medicine Liaison the Traditional Medicine Assistant/Apprentice role is to make available to the community- mainly youth 24 and younger- Traditional Mohawk methods for healing spiritual, behavioral, emotional and physical concerns affecting Akwesasne youth. The Assistant/Apprentice will work with and learn from our Traditional Medicine Liaison and our Akwesasne Youth Suicide Prevention team to provide culturally competent and Traditional Medicine services to youth and their families/caregivers.

The Traditional Medicine Assistant/Apprentice will work within guidelines of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Mental Health Services policies and procedures, internal control standards, by performing the following duties:


  • Exhibit a friendly, respectful and courteous manner when dealing with clients, fellow employees and associates.
  • Maintain and respect confidentiality according to HIPPA standards regarding contact with clients-youth and their families.
  • -Accept referrals from youth and their families, youth serving agencies, and Health Services personnel to provide Traditional Medicine Services.
  • -Work with Traditional Medicine Liaison and MH Team to meet with youth and their families to determine and help provide Traditional Medicine needs.
  • -Provide necessary resources and/or put together the team of necessary medicine persons to assist the youth in their healing journey.
  • -Assist Traditional Medicine Liaison to educate staff and community about traditional Mohawk healing ways, including participating in annual vision quest/fast.
  • -Provide services in the culturally appropriate settings, sometimes in the evenings or weekends.
  • -Meets and consults with other members of the mental health treatment team and other service providers.
  • -Refers clients and their families to community resources to assist in their recovery and to provide advocacy.
  • -Documenting client contact in the RPMS Behavioral Health electronic record.
  • -Other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: There are no supervisor requirements for this position.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Be recognized by the community of Akwesasne as knowledgeable of Traditional Mohawk Healing ways. 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. Due to the sensitive nature of information and Personal Health Information within Health Services, must maintain strict confidentiality at all times.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Minimum – Knowledge of Mohawk Traditional spiritual practices. Fluency in Mohawk language and basic knowledge of plants and herbs used for medicine, preferred. Interest in obtaining additional training/education in Behavioral Health, suicide prevention and working as an apprentice with our Traditional Medicine Liaison.

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Strong oral and written communication skills required. Able to use computer and willingness to use Word, and ability to navigate various scheduling and electronic health record programs. Openness in working with traditional/spiritual approaches regarding behavioral health issues. Ability to do presentations, represent the mental health program and connect with people. Familiarity with Akwesasne community.

REASONING ABILITY: Maturity and ability to handle delicate role issues and to respond to crisis.

Applicants must submit letter of interest, resume, supporting documents (certificates, degrees, licenses) and proof of native preference eligibility (Tribal Identification Card or Status Card or letter) by email to or by mail to Human Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 71 Margaret Terrance Memorial Way, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Due to our network security, we are unable to open hyperlinks. Applicants will need to attach their documents as PDF or WORD files if emailing. Applicants must clearly outline that they meet the qualification requirements on their resume.


The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job related factor. Among qualified applicants, the SRMT will give preference to the qualified native applicant.


The successful applicant for employment must submit to and pass a drug test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.


Some positions require candidate(s) to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment, used solely for employment related purposes.


A list of qualified candidates is created from interviews that may be used to appoint individuals to similar positions within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe for a period of six months.


Testing in the applicable skills may be required as part of the interview process.