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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Technician Forestry Position

January 17, 2020

Position Title:                                                                                                                                                                                       MN Dept. of Resources

Natural Resources Technician Forestry

 

Job Description:

These positions exist to implement the Division of Forestry program tasks in an Administrative Area so that the state's forest resources are managed, protected and utilized in accordance with Department policies and procedures.

Responsibilities include implementing program tasks in the following areas: timber management, forest protection, forest development and road, private and cooperative forest management, land administration.


Job Summary

   
 

These positions exist to implement the Division of Forestry program tasks in an Administrative Area 
so that the state's forest resources are managed, protected and utilized in accordance with Department
policies and procedures.


Responsibilities include implementing program tasks in the following areas: timber management,
forest protection, forest development and road, private and cooperative forest management,
land administration.

Normal working hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but are subject to change based on work needs;
hours of work may include weekends, evenings and holidays.

This posting is open continuously to fill multiple NR Forestry Technician positions at various locations
throughout the State of Minnesota. Upon application, please select all of the locations that you are

interested in. The locations are listed by Forestry areas.
Please review the Forestry areas on the 
DNR website.
When a vacancy opens, applicants who have selected the available location will be reviewed for
consideration. Once you have applied, you do not need to reapply for the positions.

 
Qualifications

 

 

   
 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree in a natural resource management technical program accredited by the Society of American Foresters or an associate’s degree with an emphasis in Forestry,
    which includes coursework in forest management, silviculture, dendrology, forest measurements, and forest inventory.
  • Knowledge of wildfire detection and suppression techniques sufficient to prepare fire fighters and equipment for firefighting and to effectively and safely suppress wild fires.
  • Knowledge of forest resource measurement and appraisal techniques sufficient to collect forest resource information and apply this information to evaluate harvest areas and recommend harvesting regulations.
  • Knowledge of soils sufficient to identify sustainability and limitations by broad classification.
  • Knowledge of cartography sufficient to understand topographical, political, survey and other maps and/or to produce maps for timber sales and forest development.
  • Knowledge of land survey techniques sufficient to apply general practices of surveying in field applications.
  • Knowledge of forest inventory, appraisal, and scaling techniques sufficient to obtain and record detailed and accurate data.
  • Knowledge of the capability, suitability, service and operation requirements of a wide variety of equipment sufficient to safely and effectively make use of the equipment in the control of wild fires, complete forest development projects and maintain buildings, grounds and property.
  • Ability to interpret aerial photography sufficient to accurately use photos for mapping, species identification and locating corners and property lines. 
  • Ability to identify trees, shrubs and plants.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Lead work skills sufficient to provide critical communication efficiently and effectively. 
  • Customer Service/Communication Skills sufficient to provide information and assistance to the public and staff in a courteous manner.
  • Writing skills sufficient to write incident reports, maintain log records accurate and consistently.
  • Organizational and interpersonal skills sufficient to work as a productive member of a team. 
  • Conflict resolution/human relation skills sufficient to negotiate, resolve issues, read situations and settle disputes equitably by finding common ground and cooperation.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • One‐year technical‐level experience equivalent to the NR Forestry Technician class.
  • General knowledge of Division of Forestry policies and procedures sufficient to implement assigned tasks safely and within legal and ethical guidelines.
  • Knowledge of safety hazards and high fire hazard areas prevalent in forestry operations sufficient to cope with them or avoid them, prevent accidents, mitigate hazards and instruct others in safe work habits.
  • Qualified as ICT4, ENGB, FALA, ICT3, FIRB, MNRXB2, HEQB, FALB.
  • Lead worker experience.

 

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting articles such as 50-pound bags of feed 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 current possession of a valid class A license or the ability to obtain one in the first 6 months of employment.

The selected applicant will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen, and will be included in the ongoing DNR random drug and alcohol test program.

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

1.      Employment Reference Check

2.      SEMA4 Records Check

3.      Criminal History Check

4.      Education/License Verification

 
 

Application Details

 

   
 

Why Work For Us

The Department of Natural Resources is 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

Click “Apply” at the bottom of this page and submit an application/resume that clearly describes how you meet the qualifications 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.
 

Contact

If you have questions about the position, contact Bob Milne at bob.milne@state.mn.us or 651-259-5798.

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Nicole Tefft at nicole.tefft@state.mn.us or fax to 651-296-6494 by the job posting close date.


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.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages participation in all its programs, services and activities and does not discriminate against qualified applicants with disabilities.   Anyone who believes they may need a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in the job application, interview or selection processes may contact any agency official with whom applicant has contact in the processing of their employment application to request an accommodation.  Applicants may also contact the DNR’s Affirmative Action office to request an accommodation by:  E-mail: ADAdiversity.DNR@state.mn.us or by calling Sarah Spence-Koivisto at 651.259.5016; or using MN Relay 711.

 
 

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