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Ethnobotanist - San Manuel Casino

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San Manuel Casino


Highland, California 92346
United States

Date Posted:

Jan 07, 2021

Ending Date:

Jul 23, 2021

Type of Position:

Full Time


Environmental Health/Safety

Job Description

Under the direction of the Director of Cultural Resources Management (CRM), and as guided by the San Manuel Tribal Citizenry, the Ethnobotanist assists in the organization and execution of a comprehensive heritage stewardship program related to the preservation and use of plants considered culturally important to the San Manuel Tribal Community. The Ethnobotanist works closely with CRM staff and the Environmental, Construction/Development, and Public Works departments to support the Tribe’s efforts to create and maintain plant habitats on tribally owned lands for access and use by Tribal Citizens. The incumbent also leads CRM’s consultation efforts with various external government agencies and private organizations to protect plant habitats of cultural importance outside of tribally owned lands within Serrano ancestral territory, as well as establish agreements for access and use of these habitats by Tribal Citizens. Further, the Ethnobotanist supports the Tribal Community with various plant initiatives related to increasing food sovereignty and sufficiency, revitalizing and maintaining cultural practices related to plant gathering and usage, and executing various cultural interpretive/outreach efforts both on and off the reservation.



Essential Duties & Responsibilities


1. Responsible for the CRM department’s efforts related to revitalizing and maintaining cultural practices around plant gathering, horticulture, and use, as well as increasing food sovereignty and sufficiency. Such efforts may include, but are not limited to, invasive species eradication, native habitat restoration, seed bank expansion, community garden creation, and native plant propagation. Provides plant management guidance to relevant departments in support of tribal-led initiatives and works with the Tribal Archaeologist to incorporate the Ethnobotany program into the Tribe’s Cultural Landscape Stewardship Program within the CRM department.

2. Responsible for conducting outreach to Tribal Citizens related to various native plant initiatives on the reservation, researching and creating ethnobotanical information packets for Tribal Citizens, generating cultural/historic interpretive panels for gardens/trails/etc., and executing deliverables for various cultural interpretive/outreach efforts both on and off the reservation.  Assists with CRM and Education department efforts, as appropriate, related to plant-based educational efforts geared toward the Tribal Community.

3. Responsible for providing timely responses to scoping requests from external government agencies and private organizations when said notices are related to the preservation/management of plant habitats within Serrano ancestral territory, all consultation related to these actions. Also, responsible for engaging with various external partners in support of establishing agreements related to Tribal Citizen access and use of culturally important plants within habitats not management by the Tribe. Such consultation may require the incumbent to speak to wildfire management plans/practices, forestry management plans/practices, riparian and river basin management plans/practices, and environmental justice initiatives and the importance of using Traditional Environmental/Ecological Knowledge (TEK) in such documents and proposed actions.    

4. Supports the Tribal Archaeologist’s efforts, as needed, related to resource identification and preservation on the reservation, as required by San Manuel Environmental Protection Act, specifically as those actions relate to the preservation of plant resources on the reservation.  Assists the Cultural Resource Analyst, as needed, with their Off-Reservation consultation efforts, pursuant to State and Federal law, for any infrastructure projects that could affect culturally important plant habitats.

5. The incumbent will perform other duties as assigned by the CRM Director in support of the Ethnobotany program within the CRM Department.

6. Performs other duties as assigned to support the efficient operation of the department.



  • Bachelors degree in Environmental Science, Conservation Biology, Botany, Ecology, or a related field is required.
  • Masters Degree in Environmental Science, Conservation Biology, Botany, Ecology, or a related field is preferred.
  • Minimum of four (4) years of relevant and progressive experience related to the creation and maintenance of native plant habitats (i.e. invasive species eradication, native habitat restoration, seed bank expansion, community garden creation, native plant propagation, etc.) is required.
  • Experience working with/for Federal and/or State agencies pursuant to various regulations that govern environmental preservation, and demonstrated experience in carrying out compliance activities under those regulations, such as fieldwork, research, consultation, and reporting, is required.
  • Experience related to both team-oriented and independent research, community engagement/outreach, and creation of informational/educational content for various audiences is required.
  • Experience working with/for Tribal governments and indigenous communities in their efforts related to Environmental Justice (EJ) and/or Traditional Environmental/Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is preferred.
  • Experience working in ecosystems/habitats in Southern California, particularly within Serrano ancestral territory, is desired.
  • Basic understanding of Federal and/or state historic preservation law and their intersections with Tribal Governments is desired.
  • High level of proficiency in PC applications, including Windows 10 and Microsoft Office (Word; Outlook; Excel; PowerPoint) is required; basic knowledge of SharePoint systems is desired.
  • Willingness to attend training that will augment the skills needed to perform the work detailed above is required.



  • At the discretion of the San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission, you may be required to obtain and maintain a gaming license.
  • A qualified candidate/employee must have a valid drivers license with an acceptable driving record as determined by the companys insurance carrier.


San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


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San Manuel Casino
777 San Manuel Boulevard
Highland, CA 92346

San Manuel Casino  is located in Highlands, CA, just 60 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, and a short drive from LA-Ontario International Airport. The gaming facility is operated by the San Manuel Entertainment Authority, an economic instrumentality of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The casino floor contains over 4,800 of the latest and most innovative slot machines in a state-of-the-art facility. It features over 130 Vegas-style poker and blackjack tables, an exclusive high-limit room, and a designated Poker room.

Food & beverage venues include Big Mo’ Cafe, Tutu's Food Court with fast-food options around the clock, Rock & Brews with a wide selection of craft burgers and craft beer from around the world, as well as legendary comedian George Lopez's Chingon Kitchen, which provides an authentic Mexican dining experience. Guests can dance the night away with DJ's at Bar Bar Bar, listen to Rock'n Roll tribute bands on stage at Rock & Brews, or enjoy Latin music at George Lopez's Chingon Tequila Lounge.

Indian gaming in California is an exciting, thriving industry. Whether working on the casino floor or providing support to gaming operations as a “behind the scenes” employee, you can contribute to a dynamic and challenging business and have opportunities to learn and grow with the gaming industry. At San Manuel, our team members define us. Working at San Manuel is more than just a job. It is a career that will help you grow into the successful professional you want to be. Apply today to join our team!