Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe

Human Resources

Physical Address: 208 Capitol Hill, Nixon, Nevada 89424
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 256, Nixon, Nevada 89424
Phone: (775) 574-1000
Office Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:00am – 4:30pm

The Human Resources Department is responsible for the Tribes personnel management which includes recruitment, employee relations, employee benefits program, salary administration, worker’s compensation, grievance and appeal system, and personnel records management. Human Resources provides assistance to Department Heads and Supervisors in developing, communicating, and implementing the Tribe’s personnel policies.

It is the mission of the Human Resources Department of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe to …

  • Partner with all Tribal departments and programs to attract, develop, motivate, and retain a diverse workforce of qualified employees who seek to improve Tribal services for our community members.
  • Provide leadership skills and guide employees in promoting a positive work environment by providing access to available resources that will help to achieve success according to the vision of the Tribe.
  • Create understanding in the development and application of policies, benefits, and training opportunities that foster a spirit of individual growth, empowerment, responsibility, trust and respect.

Our values of continuous improvement, teamwork, and achieving results are woven into every aspect of Human Resources management. 

See the full PDF of our Personnel Policies Here:  Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Personnel Policy 


Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 472 and 473). However, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will be considered in accordance with the provisions of Section 703 (I) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, amended in 1991.

Job Listings:

See PDF of current job openings here: CURRENT POSITIONS 5.26.23

2023 Youth Worker

The purpose of the program is to provide job opportunities for young adults to prepare them with practical employability skills in a field of their interest and expose them to a potential career in Tribal Government.  The targeted age group is 14 to 18 years of age and actively attending school. We are looking for 15 workers. The program is budgeted for 6 weeks up to 29 hours per week.  Interviews will be conducted/scheduled the week of June 12th (to ensure we do not interrupt students’ academic schedule) and the employment dates are:  June 19th to July 21st, 2023.

Brief summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

       Performs clerical, maintenance, or administrative assistance, depending on field of interest.

       Maintains daily activity log. 

       Builds work skills with good attendance, cooperative attitude and work initiative.

       Demonstrates interest in work assignments, uses good judgment, accepts supervision.

       Attends orientation and meetings as requested.  Prepares notes and submits to supervisor.

       Learns aspects of the Paiute culture including history, language, current events and issues.

       Attends workshops to develop employability skills.

       Assists with computer input, operates common office machines.

       Maintains a safe workplace by following safety rules and reporting unsafe work conditions.

       Submits an essay on “Career Goals and the Value of Tribal Work Experience.”

       Other related duties and tasks as assigned.


See HR Personnel Policy regarding COVID LEAVE here: HR Personnel Policies COVID Leave

PLPT COVID Sick Leave Form 

Please forward a copy of this leave slip to Human Resources and attach with each timesheet submitted during this period for tracking purposes.

Human Resources Staff

Lesley Hawley
Human Resource Manager
Phone: (775) 574-1000 Ext. 1120

Joby Kness, Human Resources Generalist (Benefits)
Phone: (775) 574-1000 Ext. 1119

Nathan Dunn, Human Resources Employment Coordinator
Phone: (775) 574-1000 Ext. 1132

Missy Whitebird, Interim Recruitment Officer 
Phone: (775) 574-1000 Ext. 1133

Backgrounds Staff:
Kimberly Dunn
Background Investigator
Phone: (775) 574-1000 Ext. 1134
Cell: (775) 217-8950 

Drug Testing Staff:
Pyramid Lake Tribal Health Clinic: (775) 574-1018

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