Employment opportunities in EE
- Interpret Naturalist 3, Parks
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Grand Rapids, MN
$ 19.33-$ 28.35 hourly, $ 40,361-$ 59,195 annually
Closing Date: 06/28/2012
Working Title: Regional Naturalist
Hiring Agency: Natural Resources Dept
Division/Bureau: Parks & Trails/Region2
Location: Grand Rapids
Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number: 12DNR000463
Employment Conditions: Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift: Day Shift
Days of Work: Monday-Friday , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Travel Required: yes
Job Grouping: Environmental Sciences
Classified Status: Classified
Preferred location is Grand Rapids Regional HQ, but the following could be considered: Moose Lake Area office, Brainerd Area office or Hibbing Minerals office, with the expectation that one day per pay period would be spent in Grand Rapids.
Hours will often be week days, but approximately 10% o time will be evening and weekend hours to evaluate field naturalist programs at park locations. Occasional overnight travel will be required for that purpose as well as for meetings.
This position is responsible for directing and administering interpretive, environmental education, and information programs for Minnesota State Parks and Trails in the Northeastern Region of Minnesota. This position is also responsible for implementing regional policies, plans and procedures for the operation of interpretive and information services and contributing to statewide program management and interpretation efforts.
-Plan, direct, manage and administer regional or statewide interpretive, environmental education and park and trail information programs.
-Develop and monitor program policies and direction.
-Interview, recommend for hire, train, assign and provide input on evaluation of staff.
-Assess, propose, research, develop, coordinate and approve non-personal interpretive services.
-Assess needs and prepare budget recommendations.
-Direct and monitor expenditures.
To ensure consideration, please provide additional response requirements in How to Apply section.
All applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered further:
1) Bachelor's degree in one of the physical sciences such as ecology, zoology, botany, geology OR a cultural resource-focused degree such as American history, anthropology, archeology, OR parks and recreation management OR the equivalent; AND
2) Two years of full-time professional experience that includes administration duties such as project management, budget oversight and interpretive planning, as well as identifying, developing, conducting, evaluating a wide variety of personal and non-personal natural/cultural resource interpretive services, and administering.
Additional requirements include the following:
-Advanced oral communication skills sufficient to present information on environmental and cultural values, facts, and theories in a clear and understandable manner to diverse individuals and groups.
-Writing skills sufficient to develop materials, compile reports and write interesting and educational news releases.
-Advanced human relations skills sufficient to establish and maintain positive professional relationships with co-workers, project partners and the public.
-Substantial experience in public speaking, interpersonal communication, interpretation or education.
-Experience in natural/cultural resource interpretation.
-Understanding of interpretive techniques to include the ability to assess audiences and the effectiveness of interpretive media.
-Skills in historical, cultural and natural resource research and literature search techniques.
-Skills in interpretive exhibit and display standards and techniques.
-Ability to effectively prioritize and handle multiple projects concurrently.
-Ability to manage ambiguity and unexpected challenges with flexibility and professionalism.
Requires occasionally lifting articles up to 50-pound maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as 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.
Requires a Class D Driver's License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.
- Knowledge of park and trail rules, policies, and facilities.
- Familiarity with Minnesota's natural and cultural resource heritage and stories.
- Lead work experience that includes providing work direction, assigning work, training and providing input for performance evaluations.
- Understanding of educational curriculum and materials to assess effectiveness and train others.
- Illustration and/or photography skills.
- Problem-solving skills (a solutions-oriented approach to tasks).
- Organization and strong time management skills/experience.
- Knowledge of human resource policies, procedures, and labor contracts.
- Working knowledge of state laws, policies and procedures regarding expenditures and monitoring of funds.
- Experience using various software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel Outlook, PowerPoint and GroupWise sufficient to develop spreadsheets, power point presentations, charts, graphs, and other documents; research information on the internet; and communicate via e-mail.
- Comfort and some familiarity with exploring/implementing new technologies to accomplish interpretive program goals.
The selection process involves an assessment of relevant degree and experience.
Applicants will be further evaluated on provided responses to the four questions under How To Apply.
Recently Separated Veterans:
Effective July 1, 2009, new legislation provides that the top five "Recently Separated Veterans" who apply and meet the qualifications for a vacancy be granted an interview. To qualify as a Recently Separated Veteran, you must meet all of the following criteria:
-have separated under honorable conditions from any branch of the armed forces of the United States
-have served on active duty for 181 consecutive days or more or for the full period ordered to active duty OR have separated by reason of disability incurred while serving on activity duty;
-be a United States citizen or resident alien;
-have served in active military service at any time on or after September 11, 2001, as shown on your form DD-214.
You must meet ALL of the MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS for the position and ALL of the ABOVE CRITERIA for a "Recently Separated Veteran." It is your responsibility to submit a copy of your form DD-214 by the closing date of the posting to Jan Bailey, by e-mail at email@example.com or by FAX to 651.296.6494. Failure to submit the form DD-214 will affect your consideration for an interview under the terms of the new legislation. PLEASE NOTE that all vacancies are filled in accord with applicable union contract provisions. We must meet our contractual obligations prior to considering "Recently Separated Veterans" and other applicants.
How to Apply:
All vacancies are filled in accord with applicable union contract provisions. Applicants who are currently in an Interpretive Naturalist 3-Parks position who have contractual rights to bid must submit a statement of interest during the posting period AND the supplemental information requested below. The statement of interest and supplemental information must be sent directly to Jan Bailey, by mail to Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4049 or by fax to 651-296-6494 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL OTHER APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THEIR RESUME in one of the following two ways, PLUS, provide responses to the questions below:
1) Apply for this position through the online Resume Builder at <https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/ResumeBuilder>. You may copy and paste your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. You may edit your resume later should your contact information or experience change. To ensure consideration for this position, applicants need to apply directly to this posting number (12DNR000463) by checking the Apply For This Job box found near the bottom of this announcement; OR.
2) If you wish to apply with a paper copy, submit your resume AND a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management Budget (MMB), 400 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Be sure to indicate the posting number (12DNR000463) of this job on your application. The paper application is available on the State Employment Web and MMB web sites, at any state agency HR office, or by calling 651-259-3637.
IN ADDITION, TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION, ALL APPLICANTS must provide responses to the following:
1) Briefly describe your experience in prioritizing multiple concurrent significant tasks.
2) Briefly describe your administration responsibilities such as project management, budget oversight and interpretive planning.
3) Briefly describe the tools and strategies you use to manage your work and time.
4) Briefly describe your lead work/supervision duties, and note how many and what kinds of staff you led or supervised, and how long you were in that role.
Please confine both responses to one page and send them by the posting close date of 6/28/2012, directly to Jan Bailey by e-mail to, email@example.com, or by mail to 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4059.
Recently Separated Veterans, please follow instructions under Selection Process.
For additional information about the State's selection process, go to <http://www.careers.state.mn.us/job-tip>.
Contact for More Information:
David Olfelt, 218.999.7945 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/4b3014e28e7ba83e16675d662427f85c/View
- Posted: 6/7/12
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