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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources seek Nongame Specialist

January 14, 2020

Position Title:                                                                                                                                                                                       MN Dept. of Resources
Natural Resources Specialist Senior 
-Ecological Services


Job Description:

The Nongame Specialist will use the MN Wildlife Action Plan to develop and implement conservation actions to protect, maintain, enhance and restore native  nongame wildlife resources
for thier intrinsic values, ecosystem functions, long-term benefits, and public enjoyment. 
Passionate about the outdoors and conserving natural resources? Are you interested in joining a workforce of natural resource professionals? At the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Ecological and Water Resources (EWR) Division, we work to protect and manage our state's natural resources. This position is an important part of that mission and exists to direct the conservation of the state's nongame resources within the Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Central Region. The nongame specialist will use the MN Wildlife Action Plan to develop and implement conservation actions to protect, maintain, enhance and restore native nongame wildlife resources for their intrinsic values, ecosystem functions, long-term benefits, and public enjoyment. 
Responsibilities include
  •  Evaluate habitat management needs, and direct, implement and monitor actions that will enhance and maintain nongame wildlife species and their associated habitat(s).
  • Design, direct, and implement surveys, studies, special investigations, and research projects independently or in collaboration with others to determine the status, distribution, abundance, and conservation needs of nongame wildlife and the effectiveness of conservation actions. 
  • Provide technical guidance related to nongame wildlife so that the needs of those species are adequately addressed. Participate in diverse internal and external teams focused on conserving wildlife habitats. 
  • Review and provide technical guidance on issues and projects with the potential to impact nongame species and their habitats. 
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate activities that inform citizens about nongame wildlife species and their habitat needs. 
  • Administer a nongame program within the guidance of the MN Wildlife Action Plan, department strategic plans, departmental policies, regional priorities, and legal mandates. 
  • Lead the work of other personnel so that nongame wildlife activities can be implemented in an efficient and effective manner and according to state labor agreements. 
Minimum Qualifications
  •  Bachelor's degree in biology, zoology, ecology, natural resource management, wildlife management, conservation biology, or related natural resource field. 
  • Three years professional- level experience related to nongame wildlife including activities such as conduction surveys and/or monitoring for rare/decline species, development of management or recovery plans, providing technical assistance to resource professionals and the public, implementing habitat management practices, and assessing projects and making recommendations for nongame wildlife considerations. ** An advanced degree may substitute one year of experience**
  • Demonstrated skills in the use of Geographic Information Systems, particularly ArcMap/ArcPro., sufficient to perform spatial analyses and create map products. 
  • Coursework and/or demonstrated knowledge of plants and nongame wildlife (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates) and the ability to learn to identify all nongame wildlife species and understand their habitat needs, the management techniques necessary to meet those needs, and the survey and monitoring techniques required to assess those needs. 
  • Ability to analyze data and interpret information. 
  • Verbal and written communication skills sufficient to clearly and concisely communicate natural resources issues to a wide variety of natural resources professionals, the public, and volunteers. 
  • Ability to work and communicate accurately, honestly, and respectfully with diverse communities. 
  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects at one time. 
                                               For full job description and to apply, please visit here. 


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