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NR Forestry Program Supervisor

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Grand Rapids ,  Minnesota

This position exists to: (1) supervise the forest inventory unit in the Resource Assessment (RA) Program; (2) Assist the RA Supervisor in the management of the Cooperative Stand Assessment (CSA) program and the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) project for the Division of Forestry, including conducting both CSA and FIA field work and QAQC. (3) assist in the management and supervision of the RA office when the primary supervisor is unavailable; (4) develop and monitor natural resource inventory projects; (5) develop grant and project proposals for clients inside and outside the Division of Forestry.

Minimum Qualifications:

Normal working hours are from 8:00 4:30 p.m. but are subject to change based on work needs; hours of work may include weekends, evenings and holidays

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Science/Management (or closely related field of academic study) from a university program accredited by the Society of American Foresters, or comparable accrediting institution, or current Society of American Foresters Certified Forester status.
  • Four years advanced level professional experience equivalent to the NR Forestry Specialist, SENIOR class; plan, lead staff, assign work, monitor accomplishments, administer budget, administer and implement programs, consult, interact with other resource disciplines and train and educate.
  • Knowledge of the Division of Forestry programs with an emphasis on forest inventory methods and procedures; Wildfire Management, including rules, regulations and procedures; Division of Forestry Fire Prevention statutes, policy and procedure; and State of Minnesota statutes pertaining to natural resource management.
  • Knowledge of inventory design, methodology, and fieldwork procedures sufficient to review, suggest modifications and implement changes to inventory designs to respond to changing information and clientele needs.
  • Knowledge of aerial photography, aerial photo interpretation sufficient to evaluate application opportunities for future CSA inventory redesign and implementation; perform on-the-ground navigation, and located individual forest types and sample points; educate/train personnel and contractors in the use of aerial photography.
  • Experience in the use of handheld data recorders, GPS units and associated software packages.
  • Ability to train, teach, and present sufficient to convey information in classrooms, field demonstrations, seminars, workshops, and conferences to DNR and non DNR personnel.
  • Knowledge of budget policies, procedures and regulations sufficient to manage and administer budgets and to cost effective deliver product
  • Supervisor and/or lead work experience and training that incorporates directing, coaching and resolving conflicts sufficient to supervise work of subordinate employees.
  • Oral and written communication skills sufficient to communicate complex concepts and principals to other resource professionals and the public and make effective presentations to a wide variety of audiences by identifying level of understanding and evoking a positive response
  • Requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry’s Cooperative Stand Assessment Inventory design, methodology, and fieldwork procedures.

  • Knowledge of Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) inventory design, methodology, and fieldwork procedures.
  • Knowledge of organizational management principles sufficient to implement public responsiveness techniques; administer Department and Division policies, procedures and operating guidelines and State of Minnesota statutes pertaining to natural resources management; direct Division programs; and negotiate complex inter-disciplinary natural resource management issues.
  • Completion of a Leadership Development Program.
  • Completion of supervisory skill training in the areas of: basic supervision; advanced supervision; communication; performance management; interpersonal skills; and leadership.
  • Knowledge of budget policies, procedures and regulations sufficient to manage and administer budgets.
  • Project management skills sufficient to oversee large projects, prioritize and make recommendations/decisions, meet priorities, define and achieve goals and objectives, monitor work, and follow-up on project goals and outcomes.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously and manage frequent change, delays or unexpected events by adapting, recommending and/or developing appropriate alternative solutions.
  • Collaborative skills to effectively work with and align stakeholders and staff through the application of a wide range of organizational, technical, analytical and interpersonal skills to accomplish common conservation objectives.

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