Job Opportunity: Natural Resources Supervisor, Minnesota

Oct 11, 2022

Vacacy:   Natural Resources Supervisor Working Title: District 9 Supervisor, New Ulm, Minnesota

Job Class: Natural Resources Supervisor Working Title: District 9 Supervisor

  • Job ID: 59735

  • Location: New Ulm

  • Full/Part Time: Full-Time

  • Regular/Temporary: Unlimited

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted: 10/11/2022

  • Closing Date: 11/01/2022

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Natural Resources Dept / Natural Resource-MMA

  • Division/Unit: DNR Parks & Trails Reg 4 / PAT-South Reg-Operations

  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

  • Days of Work: Monday through Friday

  • Travel Required: Yes, occasionally for meetings

  • Salary Range: $35.34 - $50.88/hourly; $73,789 - $106,237/annually

  • Job Class Option: Outdoor Recreation District Leader

  • Classified Status: Classified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 216 - Middle Management Association/MMA

  • Work Location: New Ulm, MN

  • Employment Condition: Permanent, full-time

  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Executive

  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

    Job Summary

    This position is responsible for supervising the implementation and integration of all Division programs, activities, policies, budgets and rules for all units located in DNR Southern Region - District 9. The preferred work location is in New Ulm, MN. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m...

    The work area of this position covers Parks & Trails operations in 11 counties in Southcentral Minnesota and includes 7 state parks, 2 area offices, 8 state trails, 8 state water trails, 213 public water access sites, 35 fishing piers/areas, snowmobile grant-in-aid program, off-highway vehicle grant-in-aid program and a cross-country ski grant-in-aid program.

This position supervises the implementation and integration of all Division of Parks and Trails programs, activities, polices, budgets, and rules for all units located in the Southern Region, District 9. Supervision includes nine (7) direct reports and providing indirect leadership to approximately 100 field support staff.

Responsibilities include:

  • Direct the implementation and integration of Division programs and activities with Unit Supervisors and the Area Resource Specialist in District 9 of the Southern Region so the Division's and region's program goals, objectives and priorities are completed.

  • Provide leadership and supervision directly to Unit Supervisors and Area Resource Specialist, Area Resource Technician, and indirectly to field staff, so that division programs are implemented and staff time is used effectively.

  • Direct budget management activities in the district so that organizational needs and program requirements are met.

  • Coordinate and collaborate on the preparation and implementation of plans and policies for work units in the district so that division operations are efficient and effective.

  • Direct the implementation of the district's outreach, conservation education and visitor service functions to serve as a gateway for existing and potential visitors and program participants to develop an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the DNR outdoor recreation opportunities and resources.

  • Direct the implementation of the resource management program/use area management in the district so that cultural and natural resources are conserved, protected, restored and enhanced consistent with statewide and regional objectives.

  • Direct all district maintenance, development and land acquisition activities so that structures and facilities are safe and in good repair and natural/cultural resources are preserved and protected.

  • Direct and implement enforcement and emergency services and activities for the district to provide for public enjoyment and safe use of park, trail and water recreation resources and facilities within the region.

  • Direct and plan a Division safety program in District 9 of the Southern Region so that a safety culture is present for all employees and visitors.

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

  • Perform all job responsibilities in a manner that supports a healthy, safe, and productive and inclusive work environment for all employees.

    Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelors or advanced degree in natural resource management, parks & recreation, natural science, communications, public relations, business management, political science, public administration, social science, education, interpretation, or closely related field.

  • Four years of natural resource management experience. Experience must include:

o Supervising lead workers and supervisory staff in a complex work environment.

o Performance management experience helping to meet organization and employee goals in an efficient and effective manner.

o Budget oversite including planning and fiscal management.
o Enforcement and emergency response.
o Demonstrated ability to work effectively with partnership groups.

  • Customer service and communication skills sufficient to conduct visitor services and public relations activities to ensure a positive visitor experience.

  • Public relations skills sufficient to develop & direct programs, serve as division spokesperson, & effectively speak about issues that are sensitive and complex.

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

  • Computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software sufficient to implement a public relations program.

  • Skills in conflict resolution with individuals, employees, and/or groups.

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

  • Knowledge of natural and cultural resource management.

  • Understanding of safety requirements, training, and compliance to plan and implement a Division safety program within a large geographic area.

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

  • Ability to oversee facilities and monitor capital projects.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and uphold the DNR Culture of Respect.

  • Ability to treat employees inclusively in the areas of accommodation, scheduling, expectations, individualized resource needs, training, and development.

    Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in policies and procedures sufficient to direct program activities of staff, evaluate the success of their efforts, and recommend changes in policy or budget adjustments that would enhance regional and statewide programs.

  • Experience with grants program management or revenue collection systems related to merchandizing and fees.

  • Demonstrated ability to supervise direct reports remotely.

  • Knowledge of rules and laws related to recreation management and resource protection to

    ensure compliance.

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

  • Experience managing complex budgets, setting operational work goals, and managing complex operations.

    Physical Requirements

    Light Work - occasionally lifting up to 25 pounds 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.

    Additional Requirements

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

    It is our policy 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

  • Conflict of Interest Review

  • Education/license verification

    Why Work For Us

    Our goal as an employer is to actively recruit, welcome and support a workforce, which is diverse and inclusive of people who are underrepresented in the development of State of Minnesota policies, programs and practices, so that we can support the success and growth of all people.

    We are 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 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

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If you have questions about the position, contact Jeremy Losinski at or 507/766-8017.


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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