DNR Jobs and Requirements

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Account Clerk Senior

Description

Account Clerk Senior positions provide accounting services necessary to initiate and complete a functional phase of a major transactional accounting operation and/or lead work direction to co-workers; under general supervision/procedural control; and, performs related work as required.

Administrative and Clerical: Administers a functional phase of a departmental fiscal operation by independently keeping records and reports and responding to requests for information based on substantial knowledge of accounting procedures/coding; by reviewing, posting, coding, and approving payment and processing documents; by implementing minor procedural and transactional changes in the fiscal operation; by reviewing and reconciling account discrepancies on a timely basis; and by advising supervisor of status of account balances.

Record System Responsibility: Prepares and maintains budget, inventory, procurement, personnel, and other record systems to ensure accuracy of data and conformance with policy by monitoring, collecting, and analyzing data and identifying and adjusting for potential problems; and develops/recommends, improves, and installs work procedures and forms by applying knowledge of accounting procedures and policies and recommending procedural revisions in response to new systems, imposed policies, or identified needs.

Lead Work Direction: Schedules, distributes/balances, and guides the work assignments of co-workers to assist supervisory staff by using established work flow/assignment procedures and guidelines; monitors and reports on the work performance of co-workers to assist supervisory staff in assessing and improving performance by comparing performance to overall established timetable and quality standards; and trains co-workers, as directed, in specific task and job practices and procedures to improve and maintain the performance levels of these employees by communicating timetable and quality standards for tasks and by instructing them on procedures/coding.

Required Qualifications

Knowledge of accounting procedures sufficient to post, code, and process accounting documents.

Knowledge of basic accounting sufficient to monitor, collect, and analyze data and implement minor procedural and transactional changes in fiscal operations.

Knowledge of the state's accounting system sufficient to input and access information in computer systems and identify and adjust for potential problems.

Knowledge of accounting terminology.

Lead work and customer service skills.

Desired Qualifications

Two years of experience in accounting/bookkeeping.

Experience with spreadsheet and word processing software.

Physical Requirements

Very Light Work - occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.

License Requirements

N/A


Accounting Officer

Description

Accounting Officer position exists to provide a wide range of clearly-defined specialized accounting services such as developing, maintaining, and interpreting data/information from financial systems under general supervision/procedural control for the department, a division, or a major bureau; lead work direction to account clerks, accounting technicians, or clerical employees engaged in fiscal operations; and performs related work as required.

Budget Responsibility: Assists in the development and preparation of budgets and spending plans to meet division or agency objectives and fiscal requirements by generating and analyzing fiscal data and exercising financial control over expenditures and receipts; discusses identified problems with supervisor; and adjusts the budget, if necessary; assists management and/or higher-level accounting personnel to resolve a variety of complex fiscal problems or questions by answering questions related to fiscal policies and procedures; gathers fiscal data for special reports or inquiries; analyzes and interprets financial data; and recommends alternative solutions.

Cost Accounting and Financial Monitoring/Reporting: Maintains and assists in developing cost accounting systems to reflect accurately the costs of program operations by assisting management in designing cost accounting systems and procedures; computes and analyzes factors and costs; maintains cost and income records; compiles and interprets fiscal data to assist in federal, legislative, and/or internal audits by serving as the agency liaison for auditors, responding to informational inquiries, and developing worksheets and supporting financial schedules; and monitors division or agency fiscal processes to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and generally accepted accounting principles and practices by analyzing and interpreting federal and state regulations as well as departmental fiscal policies.

Lead Work Direction: Schedules, distributes/balances, and guides the work assignments of co-workers to assist supervisory staff in the timely accomplishment of the assigned workload by reviewing staff workloads to ensure fair distribution and efficiency; identifies problems and recommends solutions; and performs related work as required.

Training Responsibility: Trains co-workers and other department or division personnel as directed in specific task and job practices and procedures; and provides instruction on policies and procedures as needed.

Required Qualifications

Two years of para-professional experience providing specialized accounting services to a unit of State government; OR a Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Business, or Finance. Applicants who have passed the State's Accounting Officer written exam may substitute these results for the above education or experience requirement. Applicants will be required to participate in a development process, which will include an assessment of skills based on the essential areas of accounting in the job.

Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and practices, budgeting principles, and statewide (or comparable) accounting systems.

Ability to prepare and interpret complex fiscal reports.

Ability to interpret federal and state laws and departmental fiscal policies.

Skill and experience with some form of spreadsheet software (Lotus, Excel, Quattro Pro, etc.).

Desired Qualifications

N/A

Physical Requirements

Very Light Work - occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.

License Requirements

N/A


Accounting Officer Intermediate

Description

The Accounting Officer Intermediate position exists to provide specialized accounting services with limited supervision/procedural control for the department, a division, or a major bureau; lead work direction to para-professional or first-level professional accounting personnel; and performs related work as required.

Budget Responsibility: Develops and prepares budgets and spending plans for programs with limited scope and/or for parts of broader budgets to meet divisional/program or agency objectives and fiscal requirements by generating and analyzing fiscal data; exercises financial control over expenditures and/or receipts; conducts periodic budget reviews with management; adjusts the budget, if necessary; and monitors department/division cash flow to ensure adequate operating balance by analyzing disbursement or revenue trends and recommending/implementing accounting procedures to maintain proper balance.

Lead Work Direction: Schedules, distributes/balances, and guides the work assignments of co-workers to assist supervisory staff in the timely accomplishment of the assigned workload by reviewing staff workloads to ensure fair distribution and efficiency; identifies problems and recommends solutions; and performs related work as required.

Training Responsibility: Trains co-workers and other department or division personnel as directed in specific task and job practices and procedures; and provides instruction on policies and procedures as needed.

Required Qualifications

Bachelors degree in accounting, business, or finance; or one year of professional accounting experience and successfully passing the State's intermediate accounting officer exam.

Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and practices, budgeting principles, and statewide (or comparable) accounting systems.

Ability to prepare and interpret complex fiscal reports.

Ability to interpret federal and state laws and departmental fiscal policies.

Desired Qualifications

One year of professional accounting experience.

Knowledge of federal grants procedures and policies.

Skill and experience with some form of spreadsheet software (Lotus, Excel, Quattro Pro, etc.).

Physical Requirements

Very Light Work - occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.

License Requirements

N/A


Accounting Officer Senior

Description

This position performs advanced professional accounting services; maintains large state federal/county accounts, oversees a major statewide accounting function in a large division, develops and presents management financial studies/reports involving comparative/impact or trend analysis, conducts historical research, and makes recommendations to management, may provide lead work direction; and performs related work as required.

Budget Responsibility: Develops and prepares biennial budgets, annual operating budgets, and spending plans for programs with division wide scope and/or for parts of broader budgets to meet agency objectives and fiscal requirements by interpreting, analyzing, and distributing budget instructions and reports; regularly reviewing all budgets for adherence to department and/or division policy and legislative intent; exercises financial control over expenditures and/or receipts; conducts periodic budget reviews with management; performs budget adjustments; and monitors department/division cash flow to ensure adequate operating balance by analyzing disbursement or revenue trends and recommending/implementing accounting procedures to maintain proper balance; audits and approves financial and budget documents.

Management Financial Analysis: Analyzes budget/expenditure trends by various factors such as program, fund, activity etc., performs comparative analysis between programs, activities, functions, funds etc. concerning expenditures, revenues, revenue/expenditure ratios etc.; performs cost benefit analyses and other management analyses to assist management in financial and budgetary decisions.

Lead Work Direction: Schedules, distributes/balances, and guides the work assignments of co-workers to assist supervisory staff in the timely accomplishment of the assigned workload by reviewing staff workloads to ensure fair distribution and efficiency; identifies problems and recommends solutions; and performs related work as required.

Training Responsibility: Trains co-workers and other department or division personnel as directed in specific task and job practices and procedures; and provides instruction on policies and procedures as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills or Abilities

Required Qualifications

Bachelors degree in accounting.
Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and practices, budgeting policies, practices, and principles sufficient to prepare or direct the preparation of, review and analysis of biennial and annual operating budgets.
Knowledge of statewide (or comparable) accounting systems.
Ability to read, interpret, and apply federal and state statutes, laws, and regulations. Two years of professional experience in accounting.

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge of federal grants procedures and policies.
Skill and experience with some form of related computer software.
Work experience in financial or budgetary analysis.

Physical Requirements

Very Light Work - occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.

License Requirements

N/A


Accounting Supervisor Senior

Description

This position exists to provide management and leadership for the overall administrative operations of a region or division; supervision of professional accounting and clerical staff; development, implementation, and enforcement of departmental or regional/divisional financial policies and procedures; technical and supervisory financial support; and leadership for financial and administrative management needs related to non-fire disaster emergencies for the region/division.

Budget Responsibility: Develops and prepares budgets and spending plans for a large division or a region by generating and analyzing fiscal data; exercises financial control over expenditures and/or receipts; conducts periodic budget reviews with management; adjusts the budget, if necessary; and monitors cash flow to ensure adequate operating balance by analyzing disbursement or revenue trends and implementing accounting procedures to maintain proper balance.

Supervisory Responsibility: Supervises and trains personnel to ensure support services are accomplished in a manner to reflect management priorities and cost effectiveness by interviewing, hiring, and training personnel; assigning, regulating, and reviewing work assignments; establishing office policies and procedures; setting standards; and prioritizing work flow activities.

Coordinating Responsibility: Coordinates with other state and federal agencies relating to financial matters; coordinates telecommunication activities (installations, changes, terminations, and billings) within the region or division; and coordinates divisions/bureaus or regions financial response to DNR Office of Management and Budget Services directives.

Contracting Responsibility: Provide leadership and monitor contracts and agreements (professional, grants, and/or construction/service) within region/division by developing requests for proposals (RFPs), or advertizing, soliciting bids, awarding bids, and drafting and executing contracts.

Required Qualifications

Bachelors degree in accounting, business, or finance, or four years of professional accounting experience, two of which include supervising professional accounting staff; extensive working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and practices, budgeting principles, and statewide (or comparable) accounting, purchasing and personnel/payroll systems; knowledge of the principals and practices of personnel management, knowledge of federal grants procedures and policies.

Desired Qualifications

Professional/consultant or construction contract management experience (writing RFPs, bidding and awarding contracts); and knowledge of State policies, procedures, regulations, and State and Federal laws regarding contracting, experience in negotiating and preparing lease and knowledge of leasing terminology, experience with payroll processing and knowledge of payroll policies and procedures.

Physical Requirements

Light Work - occasionally lifting 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.

License Requirements

N/A


Accounting Technician

Description

Accounting Technician positions exist to provide technical fiscal advice and service requiring interpretation of rules and regulations relating to the statewide accounting (or comparable) system including responsibility for the planning and control of expenditures for a distinct fiscal operation such as a major set of accounts, pre-audit of transactions in a major program/activity or cash receipts in a major unit; technical advice and work guidance to office support staff as a lead worker; and performs related work as required.

Administrative and Advisory Responsibilities: Explains and interprets policies, procedures, and processes pertinent to the program/administrative functions to agency managers and other support staff by answering inquiries and facilitating proper application of these directives and processes; and advises staff members and persons outside the agency on matters pertaining to fiscal and/or program areas by providing written and verbal interpretations of the unit's policies and procedures.

Record System and Reporting Responsibilities: Compiles records and reports which are in compliance with directives to assist in the preparation and maintenance of annual spending plans by assisting activity managers with the preparation of their internal budget needs, by preparing financial status reports by budget activity, by reconciling data into cost elements, by preparing budget requests, by keeping and balancing accounts and classifying transactions, and by monitoring the preparation and maintenance of records and substantiating source documents.

Lead Work Direction: Plans, organizes, and implements work assignments, as directed, in such areas as accounting/budgeting, finance/grants, and/or administration/organization of the work unit to meet goals and objectives of assigned functions; and designs the work procedures and operations to be used by support staff to ensure the proper use of staff, equipment, and material resources by establishing standards and guidelines and by determining work priorities.

Required Qualifications

Knowledge of budget terminology, preparation, and use sufficient to assist in the preparation of internal budget needs, prepare financial status reports by activity, and prepare budget requests.

Knowledge of bookkeeping/basic business and governmental accounting terminology sufficient to keep a major set of accounts or pre-audit transactions of a major program/activity.

Knowledge of the statewide accounting system and office procedures and equipment sufficient to compile records and reports which are in compliance with directives and explain and interpret policies and procedures.

Ability to analyze financial records and reports, locate errors, and recommend solutions to procedural and other problems.

Ability to read, explain, and interpret a variety of materials and follow detailed instructions.

Ability to design work procedures and plan, organize, and implement work assignments.

Desired Qualifications

Experience with spreadsheet and word processing software.

Physical Requirements

Very Light Work - occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.

License Requirements

N/A


Architectural Drafting Technician 2

Description

This position develops construction documents for DNR buildings. Responsibilities include,
but are not limited to: Providing research, development and drafting support to the architectural section; preparing construction documents for new buildings and building remodeling;reviewing shop drawings and assisting field administration/inspection staff during the construction process; coordinating the work of external consultants.

Required Qualifications

Completion of a 2 year technical architectural drafting program and 3 years of architectural experience or equivalent; or 10 years working experience in the architectural drafting field. Comprehensive understanding of AutoCAD, knowledge of architectural and engineering practices related to construction; understanding of construction technology, structure, codes and design principles; effective communication skills and ability to interact with staff and clients.

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications: experience drafting construction documents for mechanical/electrical, structural and landscape construction; experience preparing construction specifications using CSI format; experience with word processing and spreadsheets; construction management experience.

Physical Requirements

Medium Work - 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.

License Requirements

CLASS D DRIVER'S LICENSE - A single unit vehicle with a GVW of less than 26,000 pounds. This is your basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the GCW does not exceed 26,000 pounds.


Architectural Drafting Technician 3

Description

Difficult architectural drafting work.

Required Qualifications

Completion of a 2 year technical architectural drafting program and 3 years of architectural experience or equivalent at the Architectural Drafting Tech 2 level or above. Comprehensive understanding of AutoCAD, knowledge of architectural and engineering practices related to construction; understanding of construction technology, structure, codes and design principles; effective communication skills and ability to interact with staff and clients. Ability to perform difficult technical computations to support design and estimates. Prepare and interpret architectural plans and specifications. Use of computing instruments and mathematical tables.

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications: experience drafting construction documents for mechanical/electrical, structural and landscape construction; experience preparing construction specifications using CSI format; experience with word processing and spreadsheets; construction management experience.

Physical Requirements

Light Work - occasionally lifting 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.

License Requirements

N/A


Architectural Supervisor

Description

Supervisory work and direction of architectural projects and comprehensive statewide building maintenance program. Prepare architectural plans, specifications, cost estimates, material lists and schedules for new facilities and/or additions and major alterations to existing facilities. Supervise architects, drafting technican and building maintenance staff. Direct consultants, contractors and agencies in performance of architectural work. Coordinate architectural projects with related Engineering and Landscape Architecture staff. Develops capital budget requests and statewide facility maintenance plans. Perform related work as required.

Required Qualifications

Two (2) years supervisory/managerial architectural work that involved supervising/managing staff, consultants and contractors in designing and altering buildings and facilities.

or

Four (4) years senior level professional architectural work designing and altering buildings and facilities. At least one (1v) year must include project leader leader experience.

Desired Qualifications

Supervisory/management experience.
Architectural experience with the State of Minnesota or other public agency.
Experience in writing, letting and managing construction and consultant contracts.
Fiscal/budget development and management.
Experience in facility management/building maintenance.

Physical Requirements

Very Light Work - occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.

License Requirements

Registered with the Minnesota Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors as a professional architect

CLASS D DRIVER'S LICENSE - A single unit vehicle with a GVW of less than 26,000 pounds. This is your basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the GCW does not exceed 26,000 pounds.


Automotive Technician

Description

This position performs skilled technical repair, accessory installation and routine maintenance on passenger vehicles, light and medium trucks, trailers, and general maintenance equipment. Occasional maintenance and repair of heavy trucks, grooming equipment, construction type equipment and/or small engines (ATV's, snowmobiles, etc.). A primary focus of the position will be the installation of the enforcement package on new vehicles and accessory equipment on other vehicles as needed.

Install accessory equipment on vehicles to be used for new enforcement and other types of resource management.

Prescribe and perform skilled repair and maintenance for DNR equipment.

Operate commercial vehicles and HEO equipment as needed.

Inspect and certify commercial vehicles and non-fleet trailers.

Required Qualifications

Experience performing minor maintenance and installation of accessories.
Ability to utilize of automotive repair procedures and techniques.
Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions.
Ability to read and comprehend instruction manuals, wiring schematics, and mechanical drawings.
Ability to detect, diagnose, and repair mechanical defects using precision measuring instruments.
Customer service skills.
Basic computer skills.

Desired Qualifications

Experience as an automotive technician or automotive mechanic.
Computer skills.
Knowledge of welding techniques and the ability to use arc, wirefeed, and acetylene welding equipment to repair vehicles and trailers.
Automotive mechanic training.

Physical Requirements

Medium Work - 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.

License Requirements

CLASS A DRIVER'S LICENSE - A combination of vehicles with a gross COMBINATION weight (GCW) of more the 26,000 pounds, and the towed unit has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of more than 10,000 pounds.
Employees who are required to retain this license will b