Assistant Wildlife Area Manager – Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
International Falls, MN
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Full time Positions
$21.45 - $31.29/hourly
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Last Date to Apply
This is a temporary unclassified position with an anticipated duration of up to 3 years.* This position exists to protect and enhance wildlife populations and capital improvements, where a variety of circumstances exist, through: development and management of wildlife habitats and facilities in accordance with Section of Wildlife policies, priorities, programs and goals; and to recommend development, maintenance and construction on all wildlife management areas in the International Falls Work Area. In addition, evaluate, develop and manage populations, habitat and plan communities, as well as provide assistance to Area Wildlife Supervisor. Responsibilities include: Lead the implementation of habitat management, facility development, and maintenance in the Wildlife Area so that wildlife resources and public use are enhanced. Promote and establish cooperation and partnerships with other DNR disciplines, government and tribal agencies, industry, organized groups and citizens, so that people work together to protect and manage wildlife populations and habitat. Lead efforts to protect wildlife and habitat through habitat evaluation, land acquisition, and environmental review so that healthy and diverse wildlife habitats will be maintained on the landscape. Lead implementation of wildlife population management programs in a manner that is consistent with the Section of Wildlife goals and objectives. Effectively communicate wildlife management work and needs in order to gain public understanding and support for wildlife management programs. Perform fiscal and other administrative activities for the International Falls work 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.
Minimum Qualifications: ***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: A review of your transcript per the following coursework requirements: a. A minimum of 3 courses directly related to wildlife management/biology; b. One course in each: chemistry or physics; statistics; communication; and ecology; c. At least 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 years of professional level (e.g. NR Specialist) wildlife management or habitat experience. A Masters degree may substitute for 1 year experience. 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. Preferred Qualifications: Master's Degree in Wildlife Biology or related field. Experience in wildlife management including managing forest, brush land, prairie, and wetland habitats for wildlife. Knowledge of citizen participation, conflict resolution, and negotiation techniques. Knowledge of computers including spreadsheet, GIS, database, and word processing skills. 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 forest 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. Firearms proficiency to dispatch wild animals or abate damage. A working knowledge of the use of tools and equipment used in managing wildlife. Knowledge of the organization and operation of the Department of Natural Resources, the Department’s budget process, procedures, and programs of other state and federal agencies, and the laws and regulations pertaining to wildlife, lakes, and wetlands. A working knowledge of other disciplines such as fisheries, forestry, engineering, soil conservation, and hydrology to guide the development of partnerships and projects. Successful participation of the State of Minnesota Star of the North Fellowship program. How to Apply: 1. Go to the job posting (ID # 25182) at Click “Apply” at the bottom of that page and submit an application/resume that clearly describes how you meet the minimum qualifications listed above. 2. In addition to submitting your resume, please submit your transcript(s) that demonstrate satisfactory completion of the education requirements listed in the posting. Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable. Submit your transcript(s) by email to Angela Aarhus-Ward at Failure to submit your transcript(s) by the close of the posting may affect your consideration for the position. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637. For additional information about the application process, go to For additional information about the application process, go to
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