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Natural Resources Forestry Regional Specialist

  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry
  • Eveleth, MN 55734, USA
  • May 24, 2024
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Job Description

Job Details

Working Title: Regional Specialist
Job Class: Natural Resources Forestry Regional Specialist
Agency: MN Department of Natural Resources

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 05/17/2024
  • Closing Date: 06/06/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources
  • Division/Unit: Forestry
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes, limited
  • Salary Range: $28.50 - $41.93 / hourly; $59,508 - $87,549 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional
  • Telework Eligible: No
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Job Summary

Natural Resources Forestry Regional Specialists develop forestry programs at the Region administrative level. Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry Programs include: State Land Management, Resource Protection, Cooperative Forest Management, Forest Resource Information and Planning, Nursery and Tree Improvement, and Administrative and Technical Support.

This position currently exists to develop and lead the Ecological Classification Program at the regional administrative level. In addition, this position is an integral part of the region forestry team and participates in the implementation of region assignments. Work hours are subject to change based on work needs/ hours of work and days off may vary and includes weekends, evenings and holidays.

Duties include:

Develop program goals and reports.

Collect and analyze resource data and trends.

Administer budget including preparation, administration, and implementation of business contracts.

Monitor the work of Forestry Area Staff.

Develop and deliver educational programs and materials.

Train natural resource staff in the administration and implementation of forestry programs.

Complete formal Division of Forestry classroom and field training sessions as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Science/Management (or a closely related field of academic study) from a university program accredited by the Society of American Foresters, or comparable accrediting institution, or current Society of American Foresters Certified Forester status.

Two years advanced level professional experience equivalent to the NR Forestry Specialist SENIOR class - plan, direct staff, administer budget, administer and implement programs, consult, interact with other resource disciplines and train and educate; OR three years intermediate level professional experience equivalent to the NR Forestry Specialist, Intermediate class.

Ability to coordinate and deliver a regional Ecological Classification System (ECS) Program so that Northwest Region personnel understand ECS and accomplish native plant community classifications, inventory, and mapping, consistent with Division goals and objectives.

Ability to deliver training and field assistance in collaboration with the Silviculture and Terrestrial Invasive Species Program so that Northwest Region personnel have the tools, resources, and support to sustainably manage forest vegetation consistent with Division goals and objectives.

Ability to Co-lead and deliver a Regional Terrestrial Invasive Species (TIS) Program so that Northwest Region personnel can implement invasive species monitoring and control activities consistent with the Division's goals and objectives.

Ability to serve as a PFM contact and PFM program promoter for the Northwest Region.

Ability to develop schedules, studies, research projects and work assignments sufficient to efficiently and effectively accomplish Forestry program objectives and implement forestry science.

Ability to administer program sufficient to manage, properly allocate limited resources and to direct activities.

Ability to coordinate technical information and transfer data to prepare, administer and implement silvicultural treatment contracts.

Ability to train and teach sufficient to convey information in classrooms, field demonstrations, seminars, workshops and to DNR staff.

Human relations sufficient to direct, administer and train foresters and to lead personnel working in programs.

Communication skills sufficient to communicate complex concepts and principals to other resource professions and the public and make effective presentations to a wide variety of audiences by identifying their level of understanding and evoking a positive response.

Ability to prepare and edit high quality technical reports and management plans and research and interpretation scientific literature sufficient to solve problems, educate others and increase expertise in a specialty area.

Integrate information from scientific literature, historical data and past experiences sufficient to devise risk-rating systems and management guidelines.

Leadership skills sufficient to motivate people and obtain program commitment from division personnel and other Forest managers.

Ability to negotiate budget, staffing needs and equipment allocation sufficient to administer programs and train personnel.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of Department and Division policy, procedure and operating guidelines; State of Minnesota statutes pertaining to natural resources management; statistically sound survey techniques.

Successful completion of the Division of Forestry Entry Level Professional Forester Development Program; and a Leadership Development Program.

Broad range of experiences with all programs administered by the Division of Forestry statewide with an emphasis on the major field operations programs: 1) State Land Management; 2) Resource Protection with an emphasis on fire suppression and management; 3) Forest Resource Information and Analysis with an emphasis on FIM; and 4) Cooperative Forest Management.

Additional Requirements

This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's license with a clear driving record.

Applicants must have the ability to meet the physical requirements and work in the environmental conditions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

It is policy of the Department of Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

* Conflict of Interest Review

* Criminal History Check

* Education Verification

* Employment Reference / Records Check

* License / Certification Verification

Application Details

How to Apply

Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.

If you have questions about the position, contact Greg Snyder at greg.snyder@state.mn.us.

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 Hannah Ziemann at hannah.ziemann@state.mn.us.

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


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 careers@state.mn.us and indicate what assistance is needed.

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