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$ 12.00-$ 12.00 hourly

Date Posted:   01/08/2014
Closing Date:   01/22/2014
Working Title:   Naturalist Corps
Hiring Agency:   Natural Resources Dept
Division/Bureau:   Parks & Trails/Region 1
Who May Apply:   Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:   13DNR000913
Employment Conditions:   Limited, Full-time
Work Shift:   Rotating Shift
Days of Work:   Varies , 08:00 AM-11:59 PM
Travel Required:   yes
Job Grouping:   General Administration
Classified Status:   Non-Status
Job Description:   **To Ensure Consideration You Must Follow The Instructions In The How To Apply Section Below.**

We may be filling 2 summer Naturalist Corps. positions with this posting.

Work hours will be primarily afternoons/evenings, weekends and include some holidays. Summer 3.5 month positions are from early to mid-May through Labor Day (flexible, varies according to school year and state park). For more state park information, see DNR website. At Lake Bemidji State Park working with elementary aged youth is a major part of the program audience. The park has a special weekly program series with local Boys and Girls club and established program of taking kids fishing. During early summer the most visited site in the park is a spruce-tamarack bog where weekend roving interpretation takes place. Many local schools make an annual spring visit to the park to learn about lake ecology or the bog landscape.

Selected applicant will be REQUIRED to attend a 3-day training held April 25-27, 2014 this statewide naturalist training is held BEFORE the regular 3.5 month summer position begins. Uniforms are provided.

Responsibilities include:
- Assist the Park Naturalist in presenting &/or leading programs and activities to a variety of audiences ranging from children to adults about 85% of the job involves public speaking to large through small groups of visitors. These programs may include nature walks, campfire talks, demonstrations, PowerPoint presentations, outdoors skills building and make & take activities that relate to the parks natural, cultural, historical &/or recreational resources.

-Assist the Park Naturalist in conducting roving interpretation in high-use areas of the park. This may include developing a short interpretive talk on one of the natural, cultural or recreational resources that also features appropriate props or quick hands-on activities for the visitors to do.

-Staff the park's visitor center and answer questions received from the public. Read prepared materials and become familiar with the park's points of interest, facilities and trails in order to provide the public with accurate park information. Keep brochures available for the public and maintain exhibits in a clean and orderly manner.

-Assist the Park Naturalist in planning and preparing interpretive signs, audio-visual media, handouts, or other special projects as assigned.

-Assist park staff in conducting resource management activities such as invasive species control, plant and animal inventories and research, and seed harvesting.

-Special projects and training as assigned. This may include projects that relate to cultural or natural resource research, park operations or regional or statewide interpretive projects or training activities.
Minimum Qualifications:   Must be permanent resident of Minnesota.

Must be EITHER in an approved college internship program and have completed one year of post-secondary education (college/tech school, etc.) OR have graduated with a two or four year degree in a natural resource related field (i.e. biology, botany, fish and wildlife, forestry, Minnesota natural or cultural history, environmental studies, natural resources management, environmental/outdoor education or related).

Effective verbal/written communications/interpersonal skills.

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 gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.
Preferred Qualifications:   Coursework in public speaking or communications, i.e. interpersonal or mass communication, or persuasion.

Public speaking experience.

Coursework in interpretation or environmental education.

Naturalist Corps. experience or other naturalist experience.
Selection Process:   Applicants must meet Minimum Qualifications (Legislative Requirements) noted above to be considered. Applicants will be further evaluated on responses to the two questions.
1a) Apply directly to this posting number by checking the Apply for this job box found near the bottom of this announcement. Submit a resume to the database through the online Resume Builder at <>. 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.
1b) 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 note the posting number (13DNR000913) 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.
2) By e-mail or FAX, SEND A COVER LETTER, within the posting period, which includes the following:
3) In the subject line, state this posting number (13DNR000913)along with your first and last name.
4) Cover letter must state that you are a permanent Minnesota resident, that you have completed one year of post-secondary education and that you will be on an approved college internship OR that you have graduated with a two or four year degree in a natural resources related field. You must provide a transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable). Electronic application materials must be in .doc or .pdf formats. IF APPYLING TO MORE THAN ONE PARK, YOU MUST STATE YOUR PREFERRED PARK UNIT.
5) Two references
6) Responses to the following two questions:
a) Describe any volunteer or work experience directly related to the job duties noted above that are not included on your resume.
b) Describe knowledge and experience in recreational activities (hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing, birding, etc.)

Cover letter should be sent directly to Erin Tappan, by e-mail, at, or by FAX to 651.296.6494.

**Label your attachments with your name in subject line**

NOTE: Interviews will be held by Phone or in-person. Students should contact their advisor, Cooperative Education or Placement Office for academic internship procedures and eligibility.

Most State selection processes utilize a resume-based screening process. You will be contacted by agency staff if your background best matches the selection criteria on this job posting. To apply for this position, click the APPLY box found at the bottom of this job announcement. For additional information about the State?s selection process, go to <>.

Contact for More Information:   John Fylpaa, 218-308-2328/