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$ 17.56-$ 25.51 hourly, $ 36,665-$ 53,265 annually

Date Posted:   04/03/2012
Closing Date:   04/12/2012
Position End Date:   10/22/2012
Working Title:   SNA/Park Naturalist
Hiring Agency:   Natural Resources Dept
Division/Bureau:   DNR/Parks & Trails/Region 1
Who May Apply:   Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:   12DNR000213
Employment Conditions:   Temporary, Full-time
Work Shift:   Rotating Shift
Days of Work:   Varies , 06:00 AM-10:00 PM
Travel Required:   yes
Job Grouping:   Environmental Sciences
Classified Status:   Classified
Job Description:   This is a Temporary Full-Time position. Anticipated dates are from April 25 through October 22, 2012. Hours and days of work will vary and include evenings, weekends and holidays.

This Area Naturalist position will be located at Lake Bronson State Park, to provide interpretation and outreach education at the park and provide outreach to seven Scientific and Natural Areas. It will seek citizen partnership opportunities with key communities. It is responsible for identifying and interpreting the natural, scientific, historical and recreational aspects of these facilities and the area. This involves developing, implementing, publicizing and updating of interpretive plans as well as non-personal interpretive applications and developing environmental education curriculum and opportunities in partnership with schools. This position also works with the Regional Naturalist to develop non-personal interpretive products, especially those using digital technology.

Responsibilities include:
-Develop interpretive themes, objectives, content and procedures for interpretive activities.
-Develop and present activities to a variety of audiences using interpretive techniques.
-Research, produce, maintain and evaluate non-personal interpretive materials, especially using emerging technology such as touch screens, mp3 players, etc.
-Perform administrative functions so that interpretive services are provided and documented.
-Operate and schedule maintenance on all interpretive facilities/equipment.
-Contribute to local environmental educational efforts by offering teacher education workshops and programs for schools.
-Serve as technical resource for local community, park visitors and staff by providing information about area and park resources.
-Discuss and exchange information on park operations, interpretive services and resource management issues with park management team.
-Recommend and administer the interpretive services budget, purchase goods, prepare specifications and secure bids.
-Participate in the development of park unit interpretive plans and park management plans.
-Publicize and promote the park interpretive activities and special resources.
-Train, schedule, supervise and evaluate interns and volunteers.
-Cooperate with other park staff on the enforcing park rules and providing emergency response.
Minimum Qualifications:   To be considered, applicants must meet the following requirements:
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) One full year of professional experience that includes responsibilities for developing and conducting natural and/or cultural resource interpretive programs and services.

Additional Requirements include the following:
Advanced oral communication skills to present information on environmental and cultural values, facts and theories, in a clear and understandable manner to diverse individuals and groups.
Writing/grammar/spelling skills sufficient to develop materials, compile reports and write interesting and educational newspaper articles, publications and information for use in electronic media.
Advanced human relations skills.
Experience in public speaking, interpersonal communication, interpretation or education.
Understanding of interpretive techniques including the ability to assess audiences and the effectiveness of interpretive media.
Skills in historical, cultural and natural resource research and literature search techniques.

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.

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 a gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.
Preferred Qualifications:   Knowledge of park operations, rules, policies and facilities.
Experience in creating non-personal interpretation using digital technology.
Familiarity with Minnesota's natural and cultural resource heritage and stories.
Skill in developing interpretive exhibits and displays.
Understanding of educational curriculum and materials in order to develop activities for K-12 students, assess the effectiveness of these activities and train others to use the park for education.
Illustration and/or photography skills.
Problem-solving skills.
Organization skills.
Supervisory or leadership experience.
Computer software skills (MS Office, database management, GIS, desktop publishing, photoshop, and other electronic media development tools.)
Knowledge of GIS/GPS technology and data.
Selection Process:   Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications identified above.

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 active 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 this 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 FAX to 651.296.6494 or scan and e-mail to
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 MAPE union contract provisions. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources employees, who are currently in an Interpretive Naturalist 2-Parks position, who have contractual rights to bid, must submit a statement of interest and current resume during the posting period; they are not required to submit an application. The statement of interest must be sent directly to Jan Bailey, HR, Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul,, MN 55155-4049, or by FAX to 651.296.6494, or by e-mail to

APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT HAVE CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID MUST submit a resume in one of the methods identified below:
1) You are strongly encouraged to submit your resume to the database through the online Resume Builder at Search for posting #12DNR000213. 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 or experience information change. Check the Apply For This Job box found near the bottom of this announcement.
If you wish to apply with a paper copy, submit your resume AND a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB), 400 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Be sure to indicate the posting number of this job (12DNR000213) on your application. The paper application is available on the State Employment Web and MMB websites, at any state agency HR office, or by calling 651.259.3637.

For additional information about the State?s selection process, go to <>.

Recently Separated Veterans, please follow directions under Selection Process.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to your current or anticipated Human Resources office.
Contact for More Information:   Allen Lego, 218.754.2200/