NR Supv 3 Parks & Trails

State Of Minnesota Divine Word Evangelical Lutheran Church , MN 55965

Posted 5 months ago

Job Details

Job Class: Natural Resources Supervisor 3 Parks & TrailsWorking Title: Assistant Park Manager

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 03/08/2019

Closing Date: 03/28/2019

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Natural Resources Dept

Division/Unit: DNR Parks & Trails/ / PAT-R3 Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

Days of Work: Varies

Travel Required: Yes

Salary Range: $27.68 - $40.08/hourly, $57,796 - $83,687/annually

Classified Status: Classified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 216-MMA

Work Area: Preston, MN

Employment Condition: Permanent, full-time

FLSA: Exempt

Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

Job Summary

The division of Parks and Trails is currently seeking an Assistant Park Manager for Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. This full-time position located near Preston, MN exemplifies the pillars of park management including an extensive and complex interpretive operation, a robust and intensive resource management function, and exceptional recreation opportunities. The 17-mile horse/hike trail system is one of the most heavily used equestrian systems in the nation, and the horse camp is the busiest public overnight horse facility in Minnesota. Historic Forestville (a state historic site operated by the Minnesota Historical Society) is nestled in the heart of the park. Many visitors using the traditional campground and camper cabins utilize the nearby Root River Trail system and the Root River Water Trail.

The park, along with its satellite Lake Louise, hosts an exceptionally diverse resource base including rare plant and animal communities, pristine trout streams, striking bluffs, abundant cultural features, and best exemplifies karst topography including Minnesota's largest known cave, Mystery Cave. This combination of resources and activities creates a diverse, challenging, and fulfilling work environment. Success depends on continual collaboration with internal and external partners.

This position exists to direct and administer Department of Natural Resources and Division of Parks and Trails programs, activities, policies and rules as Assistant Park Manager at Forestville Mystery Cave State Park and its satellite, Lake Louise State Park. This work may also include adjacent corridor trails. The Assistant Park manager directs park operations in order to provide the best possible outdoor recreation experience for park visitors; conserve the natural and cultural resources within the park; and ensure that park operations support the goals and mission of the park system and the Department of Natural Resources. This position embodies the highest challenges, interest, potential, and reward for the field ranger.

This is an unlimited (year-round) full-time (100%) position. Hours will be primarily day hours; days of work will vary and include some evenings, weekends and holidays, generally between the hours of 8:00 AM and 10:00 PM.

Responsibilities include:

  • Personnel management: Recruit, interview, hire, direct, schedule and train employees.

  • Physical plant management: Develop, repair, and maintain buildings, grounds, trails, utilities and all other facilities.

  • Fiscal Management: Management of revenue operations, budgets and purchasing of goods and services.

  • Resource Management: Manage natural and cultural resources of the park including cave resources and restore and maintain natural communities through extensive use of prescribed fire.

  • Visitor Services and Interpretive Program Management: Administration of vehicle permit sales, campground operation and operation of all public facilities. Also includes administration of the park's personal and non-personal interpretive programs.

  • Enforcement and Emergency Services: Enforcement of all relevant rules and statutes as well as provide for emergency response to ensure visitor safety, including cave search and rescue.

  • Public Relations: Provide information both to park visitors and to the local community via media outlets. Also includes involvement with local community interest groups.

  • Policy and Planning: Setting up a unit management plan for the park and participating in Division and Department planning groups.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Current (ONE YEAR) experience as a Natural Resources Supervisor 3 Parks, or NR Area Supervisor T&W.


Bachelor's or advanced degree in Natural Resources Management, Parks and Recreation, Natural Science, Communications, public relations, business management, political science, public administration, social science or closely related field and TWO YEARS professional level experience in a natural resources setting, agency or organization; including budget development and fiscal management, work planning and partnership and visitor management experience and TWO YEARS of supervisory or professional lead work experience in a governmental agency; or in a natural resource setting, organization or agency.


  • Experience in negotiation, conflict management and consensus building with diverse groups. Includes critical thinking skills to analyze and resolve ambiguous and/or controversial situations, make difficult decisions, and persuade others of the merits of a position or proposal that supports/advocates for the mission of the division/department and build consensus among varied and sometimes conflicting opinions.

  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills to direct, develop and engage staff, address complex and confidential human resource issues, motivate people and obtain program commitment from division personnel, and work as a productive member of teams.

  • Oral and written communication skills sufficient to effectively communicate complex concepts and principals to other resource professions and the public; make effective presentations to a wide variety of audiences by identifying their level of understanding and evoking a positive response; prepare and edit high quality technical reports and management plans; research sufficient to solve problems; and educate others.

  • Writing skills sufficient to communicate work plans, proposals, and reports.

  • Oral communication skills sufficient to communicate work requirements to individuals and groups.

  • Organizational and administrative skills sufficient to organize diverse elements or work and perform tasks within administrative requirements.

  • Project management skills sufficient to ensure projects are organized, tracked and completed on a timely basis.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and uphold the culture of respect.

  • Experience successfully managing complex budgets and projects with fund integrity.

  • Ability to comprehend laws, rules, policies and procedures.

  • Knowledge of natural and cultural resource management, and interpretive function and programming.

  • Understanding of safety requirements as they relate to working with a variety of equipment and machinery.

  • Word processing skills sufficient to draft memos, letters, etc.

  • Spreadsheet skills sufficient to create, modify and manipulate spreadsheet data.

  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks and operate in adverse and extreme environments including remote areas of Mystery Cave.

  • Ability to operate and maintain a variety of vehicles, small engines, shop and office equipment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two or more years of direct supervisory experience. (Including lead worker and work out of class experience) training coordinating, and directing other staff, volunteers, or others on resource or recreation projects.

  • One or more years of experience in cave management including tour operations, cave resource management, or cave physical plant.

  • Certification in basic cave rescue (National Cave Rescue Commission Orientation to Cave Rescue or equivalent).

  • State or Federal burn boss qualifications and/or two or more years of Basic Firefighter experience.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pounds 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. Able to navigate crevices, tight passageways, squatting or kneeling and climbing for extended periods of time.

Additional Requirements

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. The background check may consist of the following components:

  • Employment Reference Check

  • SEMA4 Records Check

  • Criminal History Check

  • Education/License Verification

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/resume that clearly describes how you meet the qualifications listed above. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to


If you have questions about the position, contact Mark White or 507.352.5111.

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Ann Ward or fax to 651.296.6494 by the job posting close date.


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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NR Supv 3 Parks & Trails

State Of Minnesota