NR Supv 4 Parks & Trails

State Of Minnesota Divine Word Evangelical Lutheran Church , MN 55965

Posted 5 months ago

Job Details

Job Class: Natural Resources Supervisor 4 Parks & TrailsWorking Title: 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/ R3- Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park

Work Shift/Work Hours: Rotating

Days of Work: Varies

Travel Required: Yes

Salary Range: $29.74 - $43.04/hourly; $62,097 - $89,868 /annually

Employment Condition: Unlimited, Full-Time

Bargaining Unit: 216- MMA

Classified Status: Classified

FLSA Status: Exempt

Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

Job Summary

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.

The job of Park manager entails directing park staff and managing a budget and assets of the park operation 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.

Responsibilities include:

  • Exercise authority in supervising staff and equitably administering labor plans and agreements.

  • Provide administrative oversight of fiscal management, planning, policy development, and grant administration, in collaboration with others as needed.

  • Collaborate with others to develop, direct and evaluate the implementation of resource management programs.

  • Direct design and implementation of development, maintenance, operational, real estate, and rehabilitation activities and programs.

  • Direct enforcement, emergency, visitor, interpretive and public relations services and activities.

  • Establish internal and external partnerships.

  • Conduct other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Current (ONE YEAR) experience as a Natural Resources Supervisor 4 Parks


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 THREE 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 THREE YEARS of supervisory 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.

  • Ability to apply broad knowledge to complex issues sufficient to anticipate trends, analyze data and find solutions that balance long-term resource conservation demands.

  • 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.

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

  • Knowledge of natural and cultural resource requirements, including interpretive programs.

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

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Programs and functions to create, modify and manipulate documents and or data.

  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks and operate in adverse and extreme environments.

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

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three or more years of direct supervisory experience equivalent to NR PAT Supervisor 2 or 3.

  • Experience with managing and responding to emergency situations.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex, large, diverse and/or fast paced environment through subordinate supervisors and lead staff in a highly collaborative manner.

  • Experience in natural resource management and ecological restoration.

  • Successful completion of leadership and/or supervisory training offered by the DNR or comparable programs.

  • Three or more years of experience planning or directing maintenance and operational activities over a large geographic area.

  • Extensive experience planning, leading, and implementing a successful employee Safety Program

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

  • One or more years of experience in cave operations.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of 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 Gretchen Miller or 507.206.2849

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.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637 or email Please indicate what assistance you need.

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NR Supv 4 Parks & Trails

State Of Minnesota