Cemetery Improvement Technician
Nisqually Indian Tribe
Olympia , WA 98513
Posted 6 days ago
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NATURE OF WORK: The Cemetery Improvement Technician is responsible for assisting families with funerals and burials and for the maintenance, improvement, and development of Tribal cemetery properties. The work is a blend of construction, landscaping and grounds keeping activities, and security and assisting with funeral and burial related activities.DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:* Provide information to the public on the assistance available; meet with cemetery visitors and assist them address their interests and needs. * Consult with families regarding their plans for funerals and burials, and assist by showing them the family burial areas. * Assist families in selecting, acquiring, and transporting casket and cement vaults to house the caskets in burials. * Attend the funeral ceremonies and provide physical, emotional and traditional support. * Place and dig gravesites and assist families in completing the ceremonial interment process including the closing of the grave. * Keep core cemetery groomed by mowing lawns, pruning and trimming trees and shrubs, weed eating, mulching, aerating, removing thatch, trimming around pathways, road ways, parking lots, fountains, planters, and head stone markers. * Mix and spray or spread fertilizers, herbicides or insecticides onto grass, shrubs, or trees. * Plant decorative trees, shrubs, and flowers and grasses. * Perform timber thinning and transport logs and mill into lumber as feasible for small tribal projects and for construction of caskets. * Clean and maintain the grounds, facilities, and work areas; pick up and remove litter; perform recycling duties. * Maintain supplies and equipment necessary to conduct respectful funerals. * Maintain and repair equipment, machinery or structures such as buildings, fences, or benches using hand or power tools. * Perform minor carpentry, wood working and plumbing and wiring duties to upgrade or improve or repair buildings, facilities and work areas. * Perform basic security duties necessary to protect property and facilities from trespass, theft, and vandalism. * Report and document all suspicious activity or questionable incidents or theft or vandalism to tribal police, security, and administration. * Establish and keep an updated property management log. * Document work activities by keeping updated work logs and records. * Provide reports as requested by the Cemetery Committee and/or management. * Perform other duties as required.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:* Knowledge of culturally appropriate mortuary practices and spiritual ways in order to stay safe and to maintain respect and dignity for the non-living relatives. * Knowledge of Native American customs, traditions, and culture. * Knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform general maintenance and basic building repairs. * Knowledge, skill, and ability necessary to perform basic security patrol duties. * Ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with those in grief. * Ability to be conscientious, reliable, self-directed and motivated. * Ability to research and resolve basic maintenance problems. * Ability to independently problem solve. * Ability to operate power equipment, such as mowers, chain saws, electric pruning saws, lumber milling equipment, and electric skill saws. * Ability to operate vehicles and heavy equipment which may include a dozer, front end loader, backhoe, tractors, and large trucks.* Ability to perform strenuous work in difficult conditions, work outdoors, and work in varied weather conditions. * Ability to understand and follow oral and written instruction. * Ability to work safely and use and operate hand and power tools within safety guidelines for use. * Ability to exercise necessary precaution when using cleaners and solvents; follow directions for use as specified by manufacturer.MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: * Two years work experience in a related field. * Must have a valid Washington State Driver's license and be insurable under the Tribe's insurance policy.