Language Assistant

Okanagan Indian Band - Vernon, BC (30+ days ago)

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The purpose of the Language Nest Assistant is to support children participating in language nest program. The Language Nest Assistant works with school staff to provide a solid and safe foundation to foster the student’s physical, intellectual, emotional, social and cultural development.


The Language Nest Assistant supports the Language Nest Program in activities inside and outside the classroom. Additionally, the position assists in developing a learning environment among students and teaching staff based on Okanagan values, culture and traditions.

This is a temporary position to cover medical leave


Reports to the Language Nest Coordinator


  • Assists the Okanagan Language Nest team and Language Nest Elders in delivering basic oral Okanagan language through a variety of techniques such as story, song, photos, cultural activities, conversation, and participation in daily school routines.
  • Assists the Okanagan Language Nest team with the organization of materials
  • Assists/leads with small group instruction under the direction of the Language Nest Coordinator
  • Supports cultural activities such as berry picking, plant identification, and introduction to safe hunting and fishing practices and techniques
  • Assists in managing classroom expectations through positive reinforcement
  • Acts as a positive role model for behaviour; practicing respectful child/adult/elder interactions
  • Supervises outside play, while on fieldtrips, and assists in other supervision duties as required
  • Manages incidents involving Language Nest participants to ensure children have a safe and secure environment
  • Clears Language Nest and outside surroundings of debris to ensure safety
  • Develops and maintain a good working relationship with parents
  • Healthy meal / snack planning and preparing
  • All persons employed by the Okanagan Indian Band may be required to assist the Band in providing emergency services. Duties assigned during an emergency may differ from regular duties
  • Perform other duties as required


  • Attends staff meetings and professional development day training as required
  • Communicates to team any pertinent information regarding children, parents, staff, program etc. including incident and first aid reporting
  • Communicates with the Language Nest Coordinator regarding child incidents
  • Participate in community events as requested
  • Performs all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the OKIB policies and procedures



  • Grade 12 diploma
  • Certified Education Assistant considered an asset
  • Current First Aid/CPR certificate


  • Fluency in the Okanagan language, or active language learner
  • Experience working with infant to age 5 children and their parents
  • Experience working with First Nations communities

Competencies (KSAs & Desired Attributes)

  • Ability to work within a team and independently
  • Ability to listen and demonstrate empathy
  • Experience working with confidential information
  • Effective verbal and written communication
  • Knowledge of traditional practices
  • Ability to work as a part of the instructional team
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Punctual
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy
  • Honest, trustworthy and respectful
  • Computers use, specifically MS Word and MS Excel is an asset


Physical Demands

The Language Nest Assistant will have to spend long hours sitting, standing, moving while helping students. The Language Nest Assistant may also have to do some lifting of supplies and materials from time to time. Heavy lifting may also be required.

Environmental Conditions

The Language Nest Assistant may have to manage up to 5 children at one time, and may be interrupted frequently to meet the needs of individual students. The Language Nest Assistant may find the environment to be busy and noisy and will need excellent stress and time management skills. There will be some exposure to varying weather conditions as outside supervision is required. There is some potential to encounter local dogs on the grounds.

Sensory Demands

Sensory demands include use of the computer, learning aids, and speaking much of the time. The school may be noisy and busy making it difficult for the Language Nest Assistant to concentrate.

Mental Demands

The Language Nest Assistant deals with a variety of student behaviours and needs; maintaining a calm, respectful yet firm demeanor will require cognitive effort.



Deadline for Applications: November 25, 2019


Commensurate to experience

Preference may be given to those having knowledge of the Okanagan culture and traditions

Job Type: Part-time