CHIEF BLACKBIRD CENTER                                        P.O. BOX 39                                                     ODANAH, WI 54861

Job Title:                              Grants Writer

Department:                        Administrative

Hourly Rate:                       Negotiable DOQ                Full Time-40 Hours

Exempt:                                No/hourly

Supervisor:                          Tribal Planner

Summary: The Grants Writer will prepare grant proposals for the purpose of acquiring non-Tribal funds to assist the Tribal Government, with respect to the established priorities of the Bad River Community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities including the following:

  • Will maintain familiarity with current grant and funding opportunities and processes in the areas of housing, social services, health, natural resources, environmental protection and all other areas relevant to tribal operations.
  • Will interact with tribal membership, and with programs and personnel as necessary for development of each grant proposal.
  • Will attend all tribal management meetings necessary to facilitate the flow of information regarding policy development, implementation and execution, problem identification, analysis and/or resolution.
  • Other duties may be assigned.
  • Must submit complete Bad River Tribal Application,
  • Unofficial transcripts,
  • Copy of degree,
  • Cover letter with resume
  • 3 current letters of recordation, and
  • 2-page writing sample.

Qualification Requirements: to be successful, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Educational and /or Experience:


B.S./B.A. degree in Business Administration or a related field, or a combination of College/Vocational credits with a minimum of two (2) years of experience in grant writing.

Must have working knowledge of the grant development process.

A Master’s Degree is preferred.

Other Skills and Abilities:


This is a required driver position.

Must possess a valid Wisconsin driver’s license and meet eligibility for tribal insurance.

Must be capable of researching grant opportunities and collaborating with tribal department staff and non-tribal technical persons in the development of proposals.

Must maintain a good working relationship with federal, state governmental funding sources.

Background Check:

This position is contingent on ability to pass background check required. This position required driver check, to meet eligibility for Tribal Insurance.

Language Skills:

Must possess strong oral and written communication skills, and be capable of communicating with Tribal Council and tribal membership throughout the development and implementation of projects.

Experience with computers and current software applications.

Reasoning Ability:

Must be a self-starter capable of completing projects with little or no supervision.

Physical Demands: 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.

Sedentary work with some standing and walking is required. Must be able to lift up to 20lbs on occasion.

Working Environment: The working 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.

The noise level in the working environment is usually moderate.

Drug-Free Workplace Act in accordance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, P.L. 100-690 and the Bad River Tribe’s Employee Policy & Procedures Handbook. Indian Preference will be given in accordance with P.L. 93-638 and the Tribe’s Preference Policy.

Application Requirements:

Must Submit a complete Bad River Tribal Application

Unofficial Transcripts

Copy of Degree

Cover letter with Resume

3 Current letters of Reference

2 page writing sample

                                                                                                                        Send Application and accompanying documents to:

                                                                                                                                                Bad River Tribe

                                                                                                                                                Attn: Human Resources Office

                                                                                                                                                P.O. Box 39

                                                                                                                                                Odanah, WI 54861


Opens: Friday September 7, 2018

Closes: Friday September 21, 2018 @ 4:30pm

Flood and High Water Conditions on the

Bad River Reservation (as of May 18, 2017)

The Bad River Band and Natural Resources Department wants to inform the Bad River community of changing water levels and flood conditions.

Water levels in rivers and streams on the Reservation are extremely high after several days of heavy rain. It’s expected that the Bad River will continue to rise within the next 24 to 48 hours.

The GIS Program at the Natural Resources Department has made a map of current water and road conditions. We will continually update the map and post it on the Tribe’s web site: www.badriver-nsn.gov

The National Weather Service has issued a forecast specifically for Bad River for the next 48 hours:

No precipitation expected between now and Friday night, skies should be sunny Friday.

The White River is forecast to crest the evening ofThursday, May 18; the Bad River in Odanah is forecast to rise another foot before cresting the morning of Friday, May 19. 

Additional rain forecast on Saturday, May 20, is not expected to make the rivers rise again, but may slow down how fast the water levels recede.

Thereafter, while periods of light rain are forecast next Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, no heavy precipitation is forecast at this time.

Road Conditions

  • All back roads are closed except for emergency services vehicles.
  • All hard surface roads remain open.

Here are the Reservation roads we know are either washed out, covered in water, or very close to flooding:

          Government Road south of Four Corners is closed due to several washouts.

          Lake Road is closed due to a washout.

          Elm Hoist Road is full of numerous dangerous pot holes.

          Miller Road at Dock Road has water covering the intersection.

Places To Get Information About Changing Water Levels

The National Weather Service web site identifies at-risk rivers in the Bad River watershed in real time at these two web sites:  http://bit.ly/2riVkLo  and https://waterdata.usgs.gov/wi/nwis/rt

How to Stay Safe

Here are some basic safety tips from the Office of Homeland Security when you’re in a flooded area:

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and just one foot of water can sweep your vehicle away.

Learn more about what to do to stay safe in high water or flood conditions: www.ready.gov/floods

Who to Call if You Have an Emergency or Want to Report a Problem


Contact Person

Cell Phone Number


Ben Connors



24-Hour Emergency Line



Robert Houle

682-2271 (daytime office)

(906) 306-7440

Conservation Warden 

Bob Wilmer


Conservation Warden

Joseph Cadotte


Tribal Chairman

Buzzy Blanchard


Tribal Vice Chairman

Mike Berlin


Water & Sewer

Phillip Livingston


Miigwech and Stay Safe!

Lissa Radke

Environmental Specialist

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

72682 Maple Street

Odanah WI 54861

(715) 682-7123

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