Assistant Area Fisheries Supervisor - NR Spec Int Fisheries

State Of Minnesota International Falls , MN 56649

Posted 3 months ago

Job Details

Job Class: Natural Resources Specialist Intermediate Fisheries

Working Title: Assistant Area Fisheries Supervisor

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 11/09/2019

Closing Date: 12/03/2019

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources

Division/Unit: Fish and Wildlife

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

Days of Work: Monday

  • Friday

Travel Required: Yes

Salary Range: $21.45 - $31.29/hourly; $44,787 - $65,333/annually

Classified Status: Classified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE

FLSA Status: Exempt

  • Professional

Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

Job Summary

This position functions as the Assistant Area Fisheries Supervisor to design, supervise, implement, and evaluate fisheries management activities in the International Falls Fisheries Management Area that result in optimum and sustained use of fisheries resources and that protect, sustain, and enhance fish communities and other aquatic resources. The International Falls Fisheries Management Area encompasses all of Koochiching and northern St. Louis Counties in north central Minnesota with responsibility for 135 lakes including Rainy Lake and several large rivers (Rainy River, Littlefork River, and Bigfork Rivers).

Primary duties for this position include:

  • Design, implement, evaluate, and participate in fisheries management plans and activities for all managed waters within the work area. To this end, implement a lake and stream investigation program and perform lake and stream investigations so that biological, physical, and sociological information is obtained and reported. These investigations include biological lake and stream surveys, fish population assessments, water quality analyses, fish contaminant sample collection, creel surveys, electrofishing surveys and other special investigations.

  • Assist the Area Supervisor in various administrative and management functions including advising in personnel matters, and designing, implementing and evaluating fisheries management activities for the work Area.

  • Further implement fisheries management plan operational objectives through scheduling and coordination of fish production and distribution operations for Walleye, trout, and panfish species for area, regional, and statewide stocking needs. Perform fish propagation and distribution activities on Area lakes and streams.

  • To monitor, protect and enhance fish communities and aquatic habitat within the work area through a variety of activities including acquisition, protection and restoration of aquatic habitats and their features. Conduct environmental reviews of public and private development and provide recommendations on permitted activities, best practices and mitigations. Review and comment on commercial fish removal and private aquaculture permits.

  • To participate in projects and work teams with regional and/or statewide significance as a representative of the Section of Fisheries to provide input and expertise that will help guide Section of Fisheries' programs and decision making processes that support strategic conservation, recreational and economic opportunities.

  • Develop and conduct an effective public information and education program to inform the public of Fisheries' operations and provide education about aquatic resources and habitat protection.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in biology, fisheries, or closely associated area required. See the "How to Apply" section below for coursework requirements.

Professional level experience in fisheries management, research, and/or fish propagation either:

  • 2 years of experience with BS/BA
  • 1 year of experience with MS/MA or Ph.D

Ability to maintain and safely operate equipment, such as boats, motors, trailers, ATVs, snowmobiles, small engines, etc.

Oral communication and writing skills sufficient to draft lake and stream management plans and survey reports.

Ability to work outdoors in adverse weather and environmental conditions on a frequent basis.

Computer literacy, including knowledge of databases, spreadsheets, and word processing.

Knowledge of fisheries sampling techniques, fisheries science applications, fish handling, and distribution.

GIS/GPS experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience leading and organizing the completion of fisheries investigative studies and/or fish habitat improvement projects.

Education and experience in river ecology and management of large floodplain river ecosystems.

High level of technical experience in fish management, fish propagation, and/or fish research programs.

Advanced GIS/GPS skills. GIS/GPS technical experience, such as map making and/or analysis of geo-referenced data sets.

Experience designing and maintaining access databases.

Experience safely operating a watercraft on large bodies of water.

Public speaking experience and/or human dimensions coursework.

Strong, demonstrated technical writing skills.

Interpersonal skills to effectively interact and communicate with a diverse customer base interested or involved in resource management.

Demonstrated experience providing guidance and lead work direction to others.

Familiarity with computer applications such as FishPAD, Lake Survey, etc.

Conflict management skills sufficient to analyze and resolve ambiguous or controversial situations and make difficult decisions.

Safety and other pertinent training.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting articles of 75-pounds maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as canoes, gill nets and trap nets. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting in a boat or canoe for long periods of time.

Additional Requirements

This position requires completion of specific coursework. See the "How to Apply" section below for instructions on required transcript submission.

This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's License with a clear driving record.

It is policy of the Department of the Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components:

  • Criminal history check

  • Motor Vehicle Record check

  • Employment Reference checks

  • SEMA4 Record check

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 and resume that clearly describes your experience in the areas listed above. If you have questions about applying for jobs, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For applicants not currently in the NR Specialist Fisheries job class series, submit your unofficial transcript(s) to demonstrate satisfactory completion of the following coursework requirements:

  • Fisheries and aquatic sciences courses. A minimum of 4 courses, for a total of 12 semester or 18 quarter hours. Of the 4 courses, at least 2 must be directly related to fisheries science, and at least 1 must cover principles of fisheries science and management.

  • Other biological sciences courses that, when added to the preceding courses, total 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.

  • Physical sciences courses. Fifteen semester or 23 quarter hours.

  • Mathematics and statistics courses. Six semester or 9 quarter hours, including 1 college algebra and 1 statistics course or 2 statistics courses.

  • Communications courses. Nine semester or 13 quarter hours (3 semester or 5 quarter hours may be taken in communications intensive courses if officially designated as such by the university or college).

  • To receive credit for coursework, letter grades awarded must be 'C-' or higher.

Certification by the American Fisheries Society as an Associate Fisheries Professional or a Certified Fisheries Professional will be accepted in lieu of the required coursework.

Please submit your transcript(s) by email to Chris Kavanaugh at Unofficial copies of the transcript in .pdf, text or .jpeg format are acceptable.

Please use "International Falls Asst Area Supv transcript" in the subject line. Failure to submit your transcript(s) by the close of the posting may affect your consideration for the position. Applicants currently in the NR Specialist Fisheries series, no transcript submission required.

For additional information about the application process, go to

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate with the Job ID to Elyse Anderson at or fax to 651-296-6494 by the job posting close date.


If you have questions about the position, contact Kevin Peterson at or 218-286-5220.


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: or by calling Sarah Spence-Koivisto at 651-259-5016; or using MN Relay 711.

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Assistant Area Fisheries Supervisor - NR Spec Int Fisheries

State Of Minnesota