This position exists to manage people and resources dedicated to a program of focused, intensive, and dedicated forest wildlife habitat policy, planning, funding, and implementation. The position provides leadership and expertise necessary to protect, enhance, and restore wildlife habitat in the forested landscapes of Minnesota.
Primary responsibilities include:
Supervise staff of the Forest Wildlife Habitat Staff Team so that applicable labor agreements and work plans are equitably administered, and employees effectively perform assigned job duties to achieve annual an long range objectives of the Section of Wildlife.
Lead, direct, guide, and facilitate work of the Forest Wildlife Habitat Program and Team. Incorporate input from all levels of the Section into forest planning, prioritization, decisions, and policy making.
Direct and guide the development of forest wildlife habitat grants/funding proposals and subsequent administration for successful forest wildlife habitat management. Develop and seek funding for new initiatives and to sustain management in ways that maximize effectiveness and innovation.
Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management, Wildlife Conservation, or Ecology.
Three years of professional experience in wildlife management, wildlife conservation, ecology or related field.
**A Master's degree in the areas listed above may substitute for one year of professional experience.
Two years supervisory/lead worker experience responsible for work planning and direction for program outcomes.
Demonstrated knowledge of forest wildlife habitat requirements and management practices, ecological processes, Native Plant Community Classification, Subsection Forest Resource Management Planning, Forest Certification, and interdisciplinary coordination.
Knowledge of general accounting and fiscal procedures in order to prepare, evaluate, explain, and report on fiscal documents and budgets.
Demonstrated leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills to direct and engage staff.
Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with both internal and external customers/clients.
Communication skills and abilities are required in all formats, with excellent capabilities to develop and deliver quality communications to all levels inside and outside the Department.
Knowledge of computer hardware and software applications, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Ph.D. in Wildlife Management, Wildlife Conservation or Ecology.
Experience in public program policy administration.
GIS Proficiency to analyze forest inventory and other data for wildlife habitat needs.