Wildlife Damage Extension Specialist-Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Brainerd, MN
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Full time Positions
$22.48 - $32.79/hourly; $46,938 - $68,465/annually
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Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers Date Posted: 05/26/2021 Closing Date: 06/15/2021 Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources Division/Unit: Fish and Wildlife / F&W Wildlife Animal Damage Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift Days of Work: Monday - Friday Travel Required: Yes Salary Range: $22.48 - $32.79/hourly; $46,938 - $68,465/annually Classified Status: Classified Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes Job Summary This job requires many overnight stays in hotels and frequent travel status throughout the state of Minnesota. From May thru November, 2 to 3 nights per week can be expected to be in travel status during a busy year assisting agricultural producers and the public across the state. This position exists to assist in the development of and to directly implement an extension program of wildlife damage management in the state, by communicating program guidelines and policies, training clientele in effective damage abatement techniques, providing deterrent materials as appropriate, serving as liaison to agricultural producer groups, urban entities, producing extension materials, and evaluating program effectiveness. A special emphasis will be on educating agricultural producers, urban entities and other landowners in effective localized management strategies and will also focus on damage resulting from various game species including deer, goose, bear and turkey. The position will assist the Area Wildlife Staff with damage management issues and also assist the Wildlife Damage Program Supervisor with response to feral swine in the state. Job responsibilities include: Provide effectiveness and timely technical assistance to landowners and urban entities experiencing depredation or health and human safety issues by wildlife (game animals) or feral swine. Provide emergency and long-term wildlife damage deterrent materials to growers experiencing wildlife damage and assist urban entities with technical assistance on emergency and long term deterrent materials, so that immediate and on-going action can prevent significant damage or health and human safety issues from continuing. Educate agricultural growers, urban entities, MN DNR field and Information staff, public land managers, and others in the application of integrated wildlife damage management abatement methods so that wildlife damage problems are effectively reduced or eliminated. Maintain technical currency in wildlife damage abatement methods, procedures, and issues so that the most current and effective techniques are utilized and changes in damage management techniques or methods are anticipated and planned for. Provide assistance to develop, produce, and distribute training materials (brochures, fact sheets, videos, news releases, etc.) on wildlife damage management so that the best and most current information is available to Wildlife Management Section staff and the public. Application Details Why Work for US Our goal as an employer is to actively recruit, welcome and support a workforce, which is diverse and inclusive of people who are underrepresented in the development of State of Minnesota policies, programs and practices, so that we can support the success and growth of all people. We are also proud to operate within a Culture of Respect that provides a healthy, safe, and productive work environment for all employees. This means that our employees are supportive of a diverse workplace, are respectful to one another and to our customers We believe that promoting a Culture of Respect allows our employees to do their best work in support of the agency’s mission. GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year. How to Apply ALL APPLICANTS, including those currently in the NR Specialist Wildlife classification series: 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 Blane Klemek at blane.klemek@state.mn.us. Failure to submit your transcript(s) by the close of the posting may affect your consideration for the position. Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page and submit an application and resume that clearly describes your experience in the areas listed above. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637. For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers. If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Elyse Anderson at elyse.anderson@state.mn.us by the job posting close date. Contact If you have questions about the position, contact Eric Nelson at eric.nelson@state.mn.us or 218-203-4336. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. 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 careers@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance you need.
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. ¿ A minimum of 1 course directly related to Wildlife Damage Management. *6 months of work experience in wildlife damage management may substitute for the course.* Two years of professional level (e.g. NR Specialist) wildlife management involving wildlife damage management experience. *A Master’s degree may substitute for 1 year experience.* Experience with building structures or construction projects, creating specs, material lists, drafting designs etc. Experience with instructing others in, the maintenance, repair and safekeeping of tools, supplies and equipment issued. 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 to address small scale populations or localized population management. Writing skills sufficient to communicate work programs, project proposals, accomplishment reports, survey results, hunting season data, and correspondence to the public. Ability to communicate orally to individuals, small and medium sized groups, and news media in a variety of circumstances. Interpersonal skills in managing customer interactions and minimizing escalation of emotions. Knowledge of and/or experience with hunting and trapping, methods, and regulations. Knowledge of development and implementation of project management using available tools. Knowledge of computers including spreadsheet, GIS, database, and word processing skills. Knowledge of citizen participation, conflict resolution, and negotiation techniques. Preferred Qualifications: Master's Degree in Wildlife Biology or related field. Preferred Coursework: 2 courses directly related to Wildlife Damage Management; 6 credits or more, including lab courses in Wildlife Damage Management; Additional courses such as; Advanced GIS with natural resource emphasis, Human wildlife interactions, Human dimensions, urban wildlife management.¿ Experience in wildlife management and wildlife damage management including damage assessment, damage management techniques, forecasting future damage and habitat modification. Experience in wildlife management in an urban interface. Experience of development and implementation of project management emphasizing management of large numbers of projects simultaneously. Knowledge and/or field experience with conventional and nonconventional farming practices. Experience with creating documents, facts sheets, presentations, webpages and other public educational media in ADA format. Experience working with agricultural producers or the public to resolve property damage issues or health and human safety issues. Firearms proficiency to dispatch wild animals or abate damage. Knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to wildlife, lakes, and wetlands. A working knowledge of other disciplines such as fisheries, forestry, invasive species, soil conservation, and hydrology to guide the development of integrated resource management projects to assist the state and public with habitat modifications to reduce damage and promote clean water and healthy habitat. Comfortable with the use of or previous experience using Pyrotechnics. Successful participation of the State of Minnesota Star of the North Fellowship program. Physical Requirements Occasionally lifting articles of 50 pounds 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. Additional Requirements This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's License with a clear driving record. It is policy of the Department of the Natural Resources that those offered employment submit to a background check prior to employment. All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components: Criminal history check Motor Vehicle Record Employment Reference checks SEMA4 Record check
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