Job Opportunity: Natural Resources Program Consultant, Minnesota

Jul 14, 2022

Minnesota Natural Resources Program Consultant Vacancy

Working Title:  State Trails and Snowmobile Program Consultant

Job Class: Natural Resources Program Consultant Working Title: State Trails and Snowmobile Program Consultant

  • Job ID: 57329

  • Location: St. Paul

  • Full/Part Time: Full-Time

  • Regular/Temporary: Unlimited

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted: 07/14/2022

  • Closing Date: 08/11/2022

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources

  • Division/Unit: DNR Parks & Trails / Central Office

  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday

  • Travel Required: Yes; Occasional overnight travel

  • Salary Range: $32.13 - $47.65/hourly; $67,087 - $99,493/annually

  • Classified Status: Classified

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

  • Work Location: St. Paul, MN;

  • Employment Condition: Unlimited, Full-Time

  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional

  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

    Job Summary

    This position has a flexible work arrangement and may be eligible to telework on a full or part-time basis. If approved, the employee would be required to complete a telework agreement.

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is currently seeking a State Trails and Snowmobile Program Consultant. ThispositionwillworkcooperativelywiththeDivisionofParksandTrailsLeadershipTeamtoset strategic direction and provide guidance and operational support for staff who work with state trails, snowmobile, cross-country ski and horseback riding trails, as well as related Grant-in-Aid (GIA) work. This position provides statewide leadership for state trail and snowmobile programs, policy development, planning, program administration, budgeting, spending plans, work planning, field direction, and support for operations and maintenance, stakeholder outreach, and partnership building.

    Responsibilities include:

  • Statewide Program Management: Lead, direct, and coordinate statewide trail and snowmobile programs including state trails, snowmobile trails, other non-motorized trail programs (e.g., cross-country ski and horseback riding),and snowmobile and cross-country ski Grant-in-Aid programs.. Lead collaborative efforts to establish statewide program goals, provide helpful operational guidance, and ensure that program goals are met for quality management and statewide consistency.

  • Statewide Program Administration: Lead, administer, and coordinate the implementation of state trail and snowmobile programs statewide so that management objectives are met with effectiveness and efficiency. Ensure that programs meet policy requirements, are scientifically based, meet legal requirements, include stakeholder involvement, and are well communicated.

  • Statewide Program Budgets and Legislation: Administer, manage, and coordinate the development of legislative requests and spending and work plans. Consult with division leadership in the analysis of financial trends, forecasts, and the fiscal impact of legislation relating to state trails, snowmobile trails, and various

non-motorized trail programs. The focus will be largely on the Snowmobile Account, as well as Lottery-in- Lieu funds, the Cross-Country Ski Pass Account, and the Horse Trail Pass Account.

  • Statewide Stakeholder Engagement: Manage, lead, and coordinate community relations, stakeholder relationships and partnerships for state trails, snowmobile trails, cross-country ski trails, horseback riding trails.

  • Professional Development: Actively seek and participate in professional development so that leadership and management skills are maintained and enhanced.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor's Degree in of Natural Resources, Outdoor Recreation Management, Public Administration, Business Administration, Social Sciences, or related field.


    • 3yearsofprofessionallevelexperienceincludingworkinnaturalresourcesoroutdoorrecreation management such as operations, planning, outreach, and coordination.

      If you meet the above minimum qualifications, please ensure your resume demonstrates the following:

    • Experience with trails-related work sufficient to contribute toward being a statewide technical expert for trails.

    • Project management skills sufficient to communicate, organize, and manage projects.

    • Written and oral communication skills sufficient to speak or write to large or small groups, legislative

      committees; officials of other agencies, private groups, or the public; and to conduct training with division

      staff or outside groups.

    • Organizational skills to manage multiple projects, priorities, and respond to time-sensitive requests.

    • Experience with financial management, including budgeting.

    • Demonstratedexperienceinleadingteamsto accomplishprojectsandworkobjectiveswithoutdirect


    • Demonstrated skills in conflict management and human relations sufficient to deal effectively with staff,

      management, and stakeholders.

    • Computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software sufficient to create/prepare reports and presentations, manage databases, and track projects.

    • Human relations skills and ability to apply these across all levels throughout an organization and across public and private sector partnerships.

    • Knowledge of rules and regulations governing the state trails program to identify and resolve problems, advise staff, determine future program direction and evaluate program work.

    • Knowledge of state and national programs, and of key trends impacting trails and outdoor recreation participation.

    • Knowledge related to coordinating grant processes or allocating or awarding grants based on established priorities or funding formulas.

      Preferred Qualifications

    • An advanced degree in Natural Resources, Outdoor Recreation Management, Public Administration, Business Administration, Social Sciences, or related field.

    • Experience with snowmobile riding and recreation.

    • Experience in the management of trail-related units and programs.

    • Experience coordinating a grant process or allocating or awarding grants based on established priorities or

      funding formulas.

    • Experience working with •

Experience working with legislative processes.


Skills in planning to develop program goals and implement direction.

• Knowledge of DNR Divisions, programs, policies and procedures.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting up to 25 pounds, such 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.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

*This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License with a clear driving record*

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

  • Employment Reference Check

  • SEMA4 Records Check

  • Criminal History Check

  • Conflict of Interest Review

  • 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 paid holidays.

    How to Apply

    Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

    For additional information about the application process, go to If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Rebecca bythejobpostingclosedate.


    If you have questions about the position, contact Laura Preus at or 651/259-5639.


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.

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