Job Opportunity - Minnesota - Natural Resources Supervisor

Jun 9, 2021

Working Title:  Assistant Park Manager  Located on the shores of Lake Vermilion in Soudan, Minnesota, Lake Vermilion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park offers a unique blend of Minnesota’s newest State Park and Minnesota’s only historic underground mine.  

Job Class: NR Supervisor 3

Working Title: Assistant Park Manager

Position Overview:

Located on the shores of Lake Vermilion in Soudan, Minnesota, Lake Vermilion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park offers a unique blend of Minnesota’s newest State Park and Minnesota’s only historic underground mine. At Lake Vermilion State Park, development continues as plans to develop the next phase of campgrounds and trails. Lake Vermilion State Park has also opened 8 new camper cabins, one island cabin, a campground and group camps. The day use area and public water access is incredibly popular and the fishing couldn’t be better. Soudan Underground Mine State Park is a unique challenge. As a National Historic Register Landmark, the park offers visitors a unique view of history with its amazing interpretive programming and tours. Soudan Underground Mine also has a crew that is technically diverse in their expertise to ensure that underground tours and infrastructure are maintained at the highest level.

Park supervisors are involved in every aspect of these two very different operation and no two days are ever the same. Ongoing development at Lake Vermilion and the complexity of maintaining and managing an underground mine mean that Park supervisors must be experienced in supervising a staff with unique skills and diverse backgrounds, managing a large and complex budget, project management and providing high quality customer experiences.

Current Announcement:

Salary Range: $29.01 – $42.00/Hourly, $60,573 - $87,696/annually

Announcement Date: 6/8/2021

Application Deadline: 6/28/2021

Minimum Qualifications:

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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with complex water and sewer systems.
  • Two or more years managing budgets.
  • Two or more years in facilities management.
  • 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.

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.

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 (MN State Employees Only)
  • Criminal History Check
  • Education/License Verification

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 minimum qualifications listed above. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

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More Information Contact

If you have questions about the position, contact: Jim Essig, Park Manager,, Office: (218) 300-7003


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: