Government Careers

About the Positions: Government jobs often are appealing for several common reasons. Many positions offer job security and employment benefits. Another benefit is the chance for promotion overtime based on performance evaluations. Opportunities within the government may be found across the nation at regional, state and tribal offices.

Most government positions involve providing direct services to communities. Other positions are managerial and advisory in nature. Listings for vacant positions within the federal government can be found at USA Jobs. A resource called, SAIGE, is a group of public service professionals that provides information to Native youth on how to apply. Listings for tribal and local government positions often may be found on the respective government’s office of personnel website.

Here are some examples of government offices and staff positions within the five government structures. 

  • Government Sector Jobs

  1. Tribal Government Divisions or Offices
    Navajo Division of Health
    Menominee Department of Finance
    White Earth Natural Resource Department
    Nez Pearce Department of Natural Resources

  2. Federal Government Offices
    U.S. Department of Interior
    - Suggested Reading: Larry Echo Hawk, Former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs (Navajo Times)
    Bureau of Indian Affairs
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Indian Health Service

  3. State Government Offices
    The State Office of Tribal Relations
    Office of the Governor
    State Health Department
    State Department of Education

  4. County Government Offices

  5. City Government Offices
    Mayor's Office
    Comptroller Office
    Parking Authority

  • Positions

  1. Executive Director
  2. Chief of Staff
  3. Chief Financial Officer
  4. Accountant
  5. Policy Analyst
  6. Program Director
  7. Program Manager
  8. Tribal Liaison
  9. Communications Director


Different government positions require different sets of skills, depending on the role and duties. A government bureaucracy can be a large and complicated system. For administrative positions, the ability to write well, understand instructions, and follow procedure is critical to accomplishing tasks in an efficient manner. For managerial positions, the ability to make decisions based on set of policies and financial analysis is important.  The foundations for these skills are taught in high school level English and math classes.  More advanced analytical skills are taught in college level courses.

  • Relevant High School Courses

  1. English
  2. Math
  3. Science
  4. Economics
  • Popular College Degrees

  1. Political Science
  2. Public Policy
  3. Economics
  4. Government
  5. Mathematics
  6. Journalism
  7. Pre-Law
  8. Environment