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State of Minnesota NR Spec Sr Eco Svcs - Invasive Species Specialist Senior in Waterville, Minnesota

Job Summary

Job Summary

This position is located at Sakatah State Park. The Invasive Species Specialist will serve to provide planning, implementation, and evaluation of Invasive Species Program prevention and management activities within a region. In addition, this position will provide technical assistance to DNR programs and staff whose work responsibilities involve invasive species prevention and management activities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as a technical expert by providing technical guidance to DNR programs and staff, LGUs, citizen groups, and members of the public whose work involves prevention and management activities related to aquatic invasive species.
  • Permit treatments of invasive aquatic plants and animals as requested by external groups, including managing permit applications, conducting surveys of proposed treatment areas, working with the public to communicate survey results, and issuing the permits.
  • Monitor populations of selected aquatic invasive species in the region, tabulate collected data, and provide data to central database and for program reports.
  • Manage populations of selected harmful invasive species in order to help prevent their spread within the state, and to reduce the impact of those species on water recreation, industry, and natural ecosystems.
  • Assist in the preparation and delivery of invasive species information and public awareness efforts to educate and inform the public so that they may help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species. This includes being an information clearinghouse for the region related to prevention and management of invasive species.
  • Conduct administrative tasks necessary to carry out responsibilities according to state standards so that activities are in compliance with department and state policies


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree Ecology, Biology, Aquatic Biology, Botany, or closely related field with coursework in aquatic sciences, plant biology and ecology.
  • Three years professional experience designing and implementing (including data management and analysis) biological assessments and habitat management actions benefiting aquatic or terrestrial ecosystems. Master's degree in a field listed above may substitute one year of experience
  • Knowledge of aquatic plant field survey techniques and plant specimen preparation and preservation methods.
  • Knowledge of aquatic plant management techniques along with the ability to plan, organize, implement, and evaluate control activities in Minnesota and their impacts.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify aquatic invasive species and native aquatic plants found in Minnesota.
  • Demonstrated competence in the use of Geographic Information Systems, in particular, ArcView/ArcGIS sufficient to perform spatial analyses and create map products.
  • Human relations and coaching skills to motivate, provide guidance, training and to achieve cooperation and collaboration with clients, peers, and staff.
  • Technical writing skills sufficient to author and disseminate survey results to a variety of audiences.
  • Experience effectively managing and prioritizing a large and multifaceted workload and carrying multiple projects through to completion.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, (listening, speaking, and editing), comfort speaking in public and ability to work well with traditional media and social media to reach the public with conservation messages.
  • Demonstrated competence in word processing, and in the use of spreadsheets, and relational databases to enter, manipulate and report data.
  • Ability to obtain a non-commercial Aquatic pesticide applicator certification.
  • Required to acquire understanding of state and federal pesticide laws and apply them to daily work.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in Aquatic Biology/Ecology or a closely related field.
  • Knowledge of the DNR’s organizational structure is desirable.
  • Supervisory and/or lead worker experience.
  • Working knowledge of other state and federal resource management agencies, local governmental units, and their respective authority, programs and responsibilities that pertain to land and water resource management.
  • Ability to incorporate considerable knowledge and analyze complex resource management issues to determine an appropriate course of action.
Physical Requirements

Occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound bags of feed 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 our policy that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  • Criminal history check
  • Motor vehicle record
  • Employment reference checks
  • SEMA4 record check

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. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Heather Staff at heather.staff@state.mn.us or fax to 651.296.6494 by the job posting close date.

For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.


If you have questions about the position, contact Todd Kolander at todd.kolander@state.mn.us or 507.362.8789.


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: ADAdiversity.DNR@state.mn.usor by calling Sarah Spence-Koivisto at 651.259.5016; or using MN Relay 711.

Job Title: NR Spec Sr Eco Svcs - Invasive Species Specialist Senior

Location: Waterville

Job ID: 33830

Regular/Temporary: Unlimited

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Date Posted: 07/01/2019

Closing Date: 07/22/2019

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources

Hiring Agency: Department of Natural Resources

Division/Unit: Ecological & Water Resources / ECO Waters R4 Southern Staff

Work Shift: Day Shift

Work Hours: Day Shift

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

Days of Work: Monday-Friday

Travel Required: Yes

Salary Range: $23.74 - $34.86/hourly; $49,569 - $72,787/annually

Job Class Option: Aquatic Biologist

Classified Status: Classified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MAPE

Job Class: Natural Resources Specialist Senior - Ecological Services

Working Title: Invasive Species Specialist Senior