The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides outdoor recreation activities and manages Minnesota’s natural resources to create economic opportunity and a sustainable quality of life. We are driven to find talented, innovative employees to help us carry out this mission.
The DNR is currently seeking an Assistant Area Wildlife Manager in Nicollet, MN. This position exists to evaluate, design, lead, implement, and evaluate wildlife management activities in the Nicollet wildlife work area resulting in optimum and sustained use of wildlife resources and the protection, sustainability, and enhancement of wildlife communities for their intrinsic value and long-term benefits to the people of Minnesota. Primary emphasis will be on prairie and wetland ecosystems.
1. Coordinate resource management activities throughout the work area with Ecological Services and Waters, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife, watershed districts, SWCD’s, conservation groups, and other natural resource specialists so that management practices promote optimum abundance and diversity of wildlife and plant communities, consistent with statewide population goals.
2. Plan and direct physical and biological inventories of wildlife resources for the purposes of collecting information from which to describe resource attributes, evaluate resource health, identify resource issues, and measure resource management effectiveness.
3. Protect, maintain, and improve wildlife habitat and native plant communities on lands within the work area so that appropriate wildlife population levels are met and diversity goals are integrated into an ecosystem based management strategy.
4. Use appropriate GIS tools, databases, and technology to conduct complex analyses, evaluations, and prepare products to assist in documenting and communicating wildlife use, habitat conditions, and project work accomplished within the Nicollet wildlife work area.
5. Provide information and education to and communicate with the public and users of the area so that opportunities, regulations, policies, and goals of the section of wildlife will be known and understood and the interests of the public are addressed.
6. Conducts general administrative duties and daily operations to maintain a productive workforce and effective resource management. Act as a lead worker at the Nicollet wildlife office and team member at regional and statewide meetings and planning groups.
See transcript requirements below AND instructions for submitting transcripts in the "How to Apply" section of this posting.
• Bachelor's degree in Wildlife or equivalent field with wildlife emphasis.
• Transcript Evaluation:
o A review of your transcript per the following coursework requirements:
A minimum of three (3) courses directly related to wildlife management/biology;
One (1) course in each: chemistry or physics; statistics; communication; and ecology;
At least four (4) additional wildlife or ecology, or related courses, such as animal or plant taxonomy, comparative anatomy or physiology, soils or geology, mammalogy, ornithology, parasitology, etc.
• Two (2) years of professional level (e.g., NR Specialist) wildlife management or habitat experience sufficient to complete habitat management, facility development, and maintenance duties in a Wildlife Area.
• Experience in wildlife habitat management including managing forest, brush land, prairie, and wetland habitats for wildlife.
• Technical knowledge of wildlife species identification, habitat relationships, food habits, animal behavior, parasites and disease, life histories, and reproductive potential.
• Knowledge of census/survey techniques and their limitations.
• Knowledge sufficient to identify common terrestrial and aquatic plants.
• Writing skills sufficient to communicate work programs, project proposals, accomplishment reports, survey results, hunting season data, and correspondence.
• Ability to communicate orally to individuals, small and medium sized groups, and news media.
• Knowledge of and/or experience with hunting and trapping traditions, methods, and regulations.
• Knowledge of development and implementation of project proposals using available, staff, tools, and equipment.
• GIS/GPS education or experience.
• Knowledge of computers including spreadsheet, GIS, database, and word processing skills.
• Master's degree in Wildlife Biology or related field.
• Knowledge of citizen participation, conflict resolution, and negotiation techniques.
• Ability to fly in small aircraft at low altitudes as an observer in aerial surveys.
• Field experience with standard forestry practices and prescribed burns.
• Experience in coordinating wetland management for wildlife habitat with other disciplines or organizations.
• Experience in writing contracts for wildlife habitat or facility projects.
• Experience in supervising contractors or work crews.
• A working knowledge of other disciplines such as fisheries, forestry, engineering, soil conservation, and hydrology to guide the development of partnerships and projects.
Occasionally lifting articles such as 50-pound bags of seed maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.
This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License with a clear driving record.
It is policy of the Department of Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components:
1. Employment Reference Check
2. SEMA4 Records Check
3. Criminal History Check
4. Conflict of Interest Review
5. Education/license verification