This position leads the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Section of Wildlife-- directing, managing, and implementing a comprehensive statewide wildlife habitat, populations, and research program, including hunting and trapping season management, wildlife programs, field operations, budget development, and personnel management to meet section, division, and department goals within budget and policy parameters. The incumbent also serves on the Division of Fish and Wildlife Management Team and participates on interdisciplinary and interdivisional teams as assigned. The Section Manager is a leader in agency efforts to create and support a work team that reflects and supports the diversity of thought and experience present in Minnesota.
Supporting a diverse, healthy, safe and productive work environment
Working collaboratively with DNR leadership and other divisions to implement departmental policies and programs
Working collaboratively with other Division of Fish and Wildlife managers to make decisions on and administer division policies, programs and activities
Directing wildlife field operations across Minnesota
Directing wildlife programs
Directing wildlife population management and regulations work
Directing wildlife research and policy programs
Directing wildlife section budget, fiscal management communications and administrative activities
Directing wildlife resource protection programs, including wildlife land acquisition.
Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, natural resources management or closely related area.
A minimum of three (3) years managerial or advanced supervisory experience directing and supervising wildlife management or research sufficient to advise, monitor and support section operations.
Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to maintain and prioritize workloads focusing on long-range issues and directions while meeting short-term operational demands and anticipating future expectations.
Demonstrated leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills to direct, develop and engage staff and form/maintain interdisciplinary partnerships and teams.
Experience directing and overseeing budgets, programs, projects, and work of professional level staff.
Demonstrated human relations and communication skills, effective writing, listening, persuasion and ability to develop consensus among diverse interests in an objective and fair manner.
Conflict management skills to analyze and resolve ambiguous or controversial situations and make difficult decisions on
policy/program direction, staff, budget, etc.
Problem solving skills sufficient to define, understand, analyze, prioritize and recommend solutions to complex problems related to operations, policy and program priorities.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with elected officials, tribal and local governments, organizations, boards, or councils.
Demonstrated ability to lead a program or unit effectively while working within a larger organization in support of broader goals. Demonstrated commitment to create and support work teams that reflect diversity of thought and experience.
Experience in long range and strategic planning as well as development of operational and project plans.
Advanced degree or other education/training in areas pertinent to the position responsibilities.
Knowledge of current conservation issues facing Minnesota natural resources.
Knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of wildlife habitat management approaches such as restoration, enhancement, and protection in a collaborative environment involving multiple partners.
Knowledge of comprehensive strategic and operational planning procedures sufficient to direct and participate in the generation of strategic, species, habitat, unit and system plans.
Knowledge of statutes, policies, and legislative processes.
Requires occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. A certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.
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: