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Counselor Aide - 7936 


Job Title: Counselor Aide

Department: Health and Human Services

Division: Behavioral Health/Tas Tonlik Ki Program

Status: Non-Exempt/Full-time

Salary: $14.61/hourly

Position Summary: Under close supervision, provides leadership and supervision for the program clients in the plant nursery; takes care of the plants and maintains a safe environment for the clients; duties include, but not limited to, coaching, providing emotional support, soft skills training for appropriate workplace conduct, conflict management, problem-solving skills, and appropriate interactions with other clients.

The work is normally reviewed in progress and upon completion of each assignment to ensure accuracy, timeliness, and conformance to established standards; most aspects of the work tasks are covered by detailed instructions or procedures.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leads and supervises clients in the plant nursery; provides hands-on work and is a role model.
  • Plants seeds, cultivates, harvests, transplants trees, shrubs and plants.
  • Provides plant and tree management and overall maintenance of the nursery.
  • Completes and submits progress notes in accordance with client wellness plan.
  • Provides individual training for specific job tasks.
  • Provides coaching, emotional support, and soft skills training for appropriate workplace conduct, such as conflict management, problem-solving skills, and appropriate interactions with other members.
  • Assists clients to do work safely, should a member get injured or have an accident,
  • Coordinates with appropriate individuals to provide assistance if a client should get injured or have an accident.
  • Teaches and demonstrates use of tools or other techniques to clients.
  • Forms professional relationships with clients and communicates with them in a way that respects their views, autonomy and culture.
  • Reports to staff members the performance and progress in the plant nursery.
  • Transports members to and from service treatment center or outside activities.
  • Sweeps and tidies up the work areas to maintain cleanliness.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications establishing networks; participating in professional societies; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
  • Contributes to a team effort.
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge in the Tohono O’odham culture, customs, and traditions.
  • Knowledge of horticulture, fertilizers, and insecticides used in plant nursery to keep plants healthy and robust.
  • Knowledge of various mental health diagnoses.
  • Knowledge of barriers to members faced by disadvantaged populations.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Skill in providing superior customer service for both internal and external customers.
  • Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions and implementing recommendations
  • Skill to train subordinate members, assign tasks, and to supervise their work.
  • Skill to prepare soil, arrangement of flower beds, transplanting of flowers and other plants.
  • Skill to be able to carefully use the different gardening tools and materials.
  • Skill in operating a Bobcat Uni-loader, and skill saws.
  • Skill in using hand or power tools.
  • Ability to exercises good personal time management, and to be consistent and reliable.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work extended hours and various work schedules.
  • Ability to interact and maintain good working relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to obtain First Aid and CPR certifications.
  • Ability to travel within the interior/exterior boundaries of the Tohono O’odham Nation.
Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or General Education Diploma and three months’ work experience in working with plants, light landscaping equipment and working with others in a mentoring role, or an equivalent combination of training, education, and work experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of this position.

Licenses, Certifications, Special Requirements:

  • Must obtain certifications in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and First Aid within the first six months of hire.
  • Must obtain Bobcat Driving Certification, within six months of hire.
  • Upon recommendation for hire a criminal background and National FBI check is required to determine suitability for hire, including a 39-month Motor Vehicle Record.
  • May require possessing and maintaining a valid driver’s license, (no DUIs or major traffic citations within the last three years).
  • If required, must meet the Tohono O’odham Nation tribal employer’s insurance requirements to receive a driver’s permit to operate program vehicles.
  • Based on the department’s needs, incumbents may be required to demonstrate fluency in both the Tohono O’odham Language and English as a condition of employment.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, bend, stoop, and lift up to 50 pounds and operate machinery.

This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.

Location Sawkud Ke:k  
Open Date 8/4/2022  
Close Date  
About the Organization The Tohono O'odham Nation is a federally-recognized tribe that includes approximately 28,000 members occupying tribal lands in Southwestern Arizona. The Nation is the second largest reservations in Arizona in both population and geographical size, with a land base of 2.8 million acres and 4,460 square miles, approximately the size of the State of Connecticut. Its four non-contiguous segments total more than 2.8 million acres at an elevation of 2,674 feet.  

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