Where We Work CAIRNS was founded in 2004 and is located at Wingsprings, a retreat and conference center located on Oglala Sioux allotted trust land in the Lacreek District of Pine Ridge Reservation, near Martin, SD. Its name is based on an old place-name for the area, Three Stars Springs; the memory of Richard Howe, previous steward of the land who loved to pilot airplanes; and two Frank Lloyd Wright designs, Wingspread and Spring Green. The architecturally striking facilities are nestled into a native prairie reserve of rolling grass-covered hills that overlook a natural system of spring-fed pools.

Working at CAIRNS

Your Title Team Member

What You Will Do

  1. Provide operational and administrative support to director

  2. Coordinate operations

  3. Manage correspondence and website

  4. Conduct research

  5. Contribute to graphic design

  6. Assist with special assignments

What You Should Bring

  1. Positive Attitude

  2. Rigorous work ethic

  3. Desire to produce top quality work within the CAIRNS framework

  4. Superior verbal and written communication skills

  5. Bachelor’s degree or higher (strongly preferred)

  6. Ability to adapt to diverse tasks

  7. Strong organizational skills

  8. Readiness to learn about Oceti Sakowin histories and cultures

What Would Be Beneficial

  1. Some knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite

  2. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office software

  3. Web design skill

  4. Comfort interacting with diverse individuals and organizations

How You Will Be Compensated

  1. Hourly, commensurate with experience

  2. Lunch and snacks daily

  3. Beautiful views of remote landscapes

  4. Long, picturesque drives through surrounding countryside each day

When We Would Like You Here CAIRNS is flexible to on-board new staff on a part-time or full-time basis.


How to Apply Please print, complete and mail the application to the address on the application, or scan and email it to info@nativecairns.org. Be sure to include all application components:

  1. Application form

  2. Resume

  3. Essay 1

  4. Essay 2


This job description is subject to change.

Who We Are Looking For We are seeking motivated and dependable individuals who are excited about working with us to maintain the momentum and trajectory of CAIRNS by contributing to its administration and operations.

What We Do CAIRNS is a small organization, currently with just two full-time staffers, and therefore pursuing its mission requires a great deal of collaboration and communication, as well as an exceedingly diverse work docket. It is tricky to describe a typical workday here at Wingsprings and so new individuals joining our team should be prepared to “wear many hats” throughout the course of any given day. We develop educational resources for commercial purposes. We maintain an online presence for communication purposes. And we create and facilitate multi-day classes, weekend workshops, day-long trainings and short presentations as immersive learning experiences.  Some of these offerings are held at Wingsprings, while others are at our clients’ locations; some are stationary, others are conducted in vans or buses. We also design and host public events, like exhibits, festivals and workshops, to extend our educational reach to wider audiences and locations. Finally, we design products and resources with a careful aesthetic. All of our work is aimed at promoting tribalism, the notion that tribal sovereignty is advantageous to American Indian communities. Join our team and contribute your talents to the cutting edge of American Indian research and education.

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