Assistant Area Wildlife Manager: Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Two Harbors, Minnesota
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Full time Positions
• Salary Range: $23.62 - $34.45 / hourly; $49,318 - $71,931 / annually
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The DNR is currently seeking an Assistant Area Wildlife Manager in Two Harbors, MN. Job Class: Natural Resources Specialist Intermediate Wildlife. This position exists to protect and enhance wildlife populations and capital improvements through development and management of wildlife habitats and facilities. The Assistant Area Wildlife Manager recommends development, maintenance, and construction on all wildlife management areas within the Two Harbors wildlife work area with an emphasis in the northern half of the work area. In addition, it provides input into the evaluation, development, and management of populations, habitat, and plant communities as well as provides assistance to the Area Wildlife Supervisor. Responsibilities include: 1. Assist with the implementation of habitat management, facility development, and maintenance in the Wildlife Area so that wildlife resources and public use are enhanced. 2. Assist with protection of wildlife and habitat through habitat evaluation, land acquisition, and environmental review so that healthy and diverse wildlife habitats will be maintained on the landscape. 3. Assist with the implementation of wildlife population management programs in a manner that is consistent with the Section of Wildlife goals and objectives. 4. Promote and establish cooperation and partnerships with other DNR disciplines, government and tribal agencies, industry, nonprofit, and citizens groups, so that people work together to protect and manage wildlife populations and habitat. 5. Effectively communicate wildlife management work and needs in order to gain public understanding and support for wildlife management programs. 6. Assist with fiscal and other administrative activities for the Wildlife Area so that priority habitat and facility management activities are completed according to desired time schedules. Assist with financial and other reporting. Demonstrate accountability to Department personnel and interested stakeholders by adhering to Department policies and guidelines. This position has a flexible work arrangement and may be eligible to telework on a part-time basis which is subject to change. If approved, the employee would be required to complete a telework agreement. This position will require reporting to the primary work location or field sites on a regular basis for fieldwork, training, and meetings.
Minimum Qualifications: Transcripts are required for this position. Applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be sent instructions for transcript review after the posting close date. • Bachelor's degree in Wildlife or equivalent field with wildlife emphasis. • Transcript requirement: o 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. o One (1) course in each: chemistry or physics; statistics; communication; and ecology. o A minimum of three (3) courses directly related to wildlife management/biology. • Two (2) years of professional level (e.g., NR Specialist) wildlife or habitat management experience sufficient to implement wildlife and habitat management, facility development, and maintenance duties in a Wildlife Area. • Knowledge of wildlife and habitat management in forest, brushland, and wetland habitats. • 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. • Ability 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. • Communication skills sufficient to effectively communicate and present complex information to a wide variety of audiences. • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement project proposals using available, staff, funding, tools, and equipment. • Education or experience in the use of GIS software and GPS units. • Ability to use various computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, data base, and mapping software. Preferred Qualifications: • Master's degree in Wildlife Biology or related field. • Experience with forest management and standard logging practices. • Certified in the application of pesticides for invasive species management. • Experience with citizen engagement, conflict resolution, and negotiation techniques. • Knowledge of wildlife damage management and hunting and trapping traditions, methods, and regulations. • Experience coordinating wetland management for wildlife habitat with other disciplines or organizations. • Experience writing contracts for wildlife habitat or facility projects. • Experience leading the work of contractors or work crews with habitat and facility management projects. • A working knowledge of other disciplines such as fisheries, forestry, forest ecology, shallow lakes management, soil conservation, and hydrology to guide the development of partnerships and projects. • Basic wildland firefighter training (S-130 Firefighter Training, S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L-180 Human Factors on the Fireline, IS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System, IS-700 An introduction to the National Incident Management System). Physical Requirements: Requires regularly transporting articles up to 50-pound (e.g., bags of seed) maximum and frequently moving objects such as heavy tools, backpacks, field equipment, and file boxes. This job may require moving to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve maintaining a stationary position most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls. This job requires the ability to move 2 miles in 30 minutes while transporting a 25-pound pack (passing the Work Capacity Test, moderate level). Additional Requirements: 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 How to Apply: If you would like more information on a position or are interested in applying, log in to Self Service at, then: 1. Click on the Self Service icon. 2. Navigate to Careers. 3. On the Job Search page, enter the Job ID number 65680 in the Keywords search field and click Search 4. Click on the Job Title Assistant Area Wildlife Manager to view the job posting (Job Class: Natural Resources Specialist Intermediate Wildlife) 5. If interested, click Apply. At the DNR, we are committed to the conservation and management of the state's natural resources for outdoor recreation, economic development, and a sustainable quality of life. Apply with us and find your path. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email For additional information about the application process, go to If you have questions about the position, contact Nancy Hansen at or 218-834-1452. Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Chelsie Fisher at AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.
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