Job Opportunity: Natural Resources Supervisor, Minnesota

Aug 10, 2023

The DNR is seeking to fill a NR Supervisor 4 Parks and Trails position at Flandrau State Park in New Ulm, MN. Days of work vary. Work hours are generally 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes weekends and holidays. This position is anticipated to be FLSA - Exempt year-round. *Onsite Housing is Available*

Job ID: 68259 - NR Supv 4 Parks & Trails

Location: Flandrau State Park

Full/Part Time: Full-Time Regular/Tempory: Unlimited

Working Title: NR Supv 4 Parks & Trails
Job Class: Natural Resources Supervisor 4 Parks & Trails Agency: MN Department of Natural Resources

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

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

  • Division/Unit: DNR Parks & Trails Reg 4 / PAT-R4 Flandrau

  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

  • Days of Work: Varies

  • Travel Required: No

  • Salary Range: $32.75 - $47.40 / hourly; $68,382 - $98,971 / annually

  • Classified Status: Classified

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

  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Executive

  • Telework Eligible: No

  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

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    Job Summary

    The DNR is seeking to fill a NR Supervisor 4 Parks and Trails position at Flandrau State Park in New Ulm, MN. Days of work vary. Work hours are generally 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes weekends and holidays. This position is anticipated to be FLSA - Exempt year-round. *Onsite Housing is Available*

    This position exists to supervise, direct and administer very diverse operations and programsof state parks, trails, recreation areas, and outdoor recreation and natural resources management programs. The incumbent is independently in charge of a unit or geographic area that is large in size and scope, having diverse programs, budgets, facilities, specialties and/or staffing. A Supervisor 4 directs and manages programs, operations and policies that are extremely complicated and constantly changing in a fast-paced environment. The Supervisor 4 has a responsibility for administrative oversight and has professional, support and supervisory assistants.

Responsibilities include:

  • Exercises authority in supervising staff and equitably administering labor plans and agreements;

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

  • Collaborates with others to develop, direct and evaluate the implementation of

    resource management programs;

  • Directs design and implementation of development, maintenance, operational, real

    estate, and rehabilitation activities and programs;

  • Directs enforcement, emergency, visitor, interpretive and public relations services

    and activities;

  • Establishes internal and external partnerships, facilitates consensus building and

    conducts 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, education, interpretation, or closely related degree.



• Three years of professional level experience in a natural resources setting, agency

• Three years of supervisory experience in a governmental agency, or in a natural resource setting, organization or agency.or organization; including budget development and fiscal management, work planning and partnership and visitor management experience.

  • Conflict resolution skills/experience.

  • 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.

  • Fiscal skills sufficient to administer budgets and track expenditures and/or income.

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

  • Knowledge of natural and cultural resource management, including interpretive


  • 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


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

  • Ability to recognize opportunities and apply efforts that support diversity, equity, and

    inclusion both within the organization and with the public.

  • Ability to manage and work collaboratively with external stakeholders and interest


  • Ability to train, develop, direct, lead and coach staff and effectively delegate.

  • Ability to assess facilities and work needs, and implement corrective actions in

    cooperation with others.

  • Use approachability to understand others and build effective teams.

    Preferred Qualifications

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

  • Experience functioning in a complex, large, diverse and/or fast paced environment.

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

    or comparable programs.

  • Experience with trail design, development, maintenance and operations.

Additional Requirements

This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's license with a clear driving record.

Applicants must have the ability to meet the physical requirements and work in the environmental conditions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

It is policy of the Department of Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  • Conflict of Interest Review

  • Criminal History Check

  • Education Verification

  • Employment Reference / Records Check

  • License / Certification Verification

    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 or email For additional information about the application process, go to

    If you have questions about the position, contact Craig Beckman at us or 507-676-2805.

    If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to assist with the application process, please contact the ADA Coordinator at To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Erin Tappan at

Why Work for Us Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission

  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs

  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural

    perspectives when doing their job

  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

    Comprehensive Benefits

    Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Public pension plan

  • Training and professional development

  • Paid vacation and sick leave •

  • Employer paid life insurance

  • Short-term and long-term disability •

  • Tax-deferred compensation

11 paid holidays each year

Paid parental leave

Low-cost medical and dental coverage

Prescription drug coverage

Vision coverage

Wellness programs and resources

Health care spending and savings accounts

Dependent care spending account

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program


    Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

    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 us and indicate what assistance is needed.

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency,funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service withthe State of Minnesota.