DNR Jobs and Requirements

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Education Specialist 1/Environmental Education

Description

Education Specialists 1 - Environmental Education positions plan, design, and administer comprehensive environmental education efforts within the DNR’s Division of (insert name here.) Promotes and expands natural resource learning programs and curriculum, by doing research and providing technical information to school districts. Administers DNR environmental awareness programs.

Position implements activities of an educational program so that constituent groups are best served by developing and revising program goals and objectives, recruiting program volunteers, scheduling and providing leadership training, scheduling workshops, designing and conducting conferences and media events, conducting or coordinating workshops and field days, evaluating programs, and providing reports.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or higher in education, educational psychology, or closely related field OR Bachelor's degree in specific resource management field related to work.

Two years of experience in teaching programs related to natural resource management OR experience in adult training and curriculum development related to resource management issues.

Theory and practice of curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation processes sufficient to apply them to assigned programs.

Principles and practices of the teaching/learning process sufficient to design and implement instructional methods, program models, and delivery systems for assigned programs.

Human relation skills sufficient to facilitate meetings of persons with diverse and opposing viewpoints and to negotiate the best program direction.

Ability to write reports, publications, and correspondence sufficient to clearly communicate technical subjects to a diverse audience.

Desired Qualifications

Principles and practices of research and analysis techniques sufficient to formulate study design and methodology.

Educational theory, administrative fundamentals, and the psychology of teaching and learning for specific learner groups sufficient to recommend solutions to programmatic problems.

Educational trends, issues, and developments occurring in an assigned field sufficient to recommend their incorporation into statewide programs.

Physical Requirements

Requires 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

Requires a 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 a gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.


Electrician

Description

Positions exist to perform skilled installation, alteration, maintenance and repair of electrical wiring, apparatus and equipment for communication, lighting, heating and power at Soudan Underground Mine State Park. This involves working with power circuits up to 4160 voltage range.

Responsibilities include:
Install, inspect, repair, and troubleshoot modern and antiquated electrical equipment and systems such as the hoist motor, electrical panels, controls, switch gears.
Design, plan and lay out new electrical systems and equipment.
Determine maintenance needs of all existing electrical systems.
Install, inspect, repair, and troubleshoot communications equipment, such as cage radios, mine pagers, phone systems, etc.
Install, inspect, repair, and troubleshoot electronic systems, such as carbon monoxide detectors, fire alarm systems, audio visual systems, etc.
Estimate costs for time, labor and materials involved in projects.
Purchase materials needed for installation, construction, and repair of electrical systems and equipment.
Maintain records of maintenance and repairs.

Required Qualifications

Thorough knowledge of National and State Electrical codes and National Electrical Safety Code and standard electrical practices, techniques, materials and tools.
Knowledge of building construction plans.
Ability to read and understand plans, blueprints and specifications.
Knowledge of electrical formulas and mathematics relating to power factor, demand factor, horsepower, impedance resistance, frequencies, etc.
Knowledge of mathematics to estimate labor and material costs.
Ability to work in confined spaces
Class A Master Electrician License or Journeyman License

Desired Qualifications

Experience with electrical wiring systems and fixtures such as high voltage transmissions, transformers, oil circuit breakers, switching gears, insulators, lightning arrestors and power circuits.

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


Employee Development Specialist 1

Description

This position delivers training programs and assists in development or preparation for training program activities.

Training: Sets up classroom, prepares materials. Presents training through established curriculum. Conducts employee orientation sessions.

Administration: Conducts surveys; compiles results. Provides information about available training courses and activities. Prepares correspondence and written materials for training courses.

Curriculum Development: Assists others in development of training course curriculum. Recommends changes to existing curriculum.

Required Qualifications

* Ability to gather information on training. * Writing skill sufficient to prepare correspondence or other training materials. * Communication skills sufficient to deliver training and teach adults.
* Ability to understand technical terminology related to adult learning.
* Presentation skills.

Desired Qualifications

* Bachelors degree in Communications, Education, or related field.
* Work experience in adult learning environment.
* Skill in establishing effective working relationships.
* Knowledge of specific subject area of training.

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


Employee Development Specialist 2

Description

This position develops and delivers training programs, determines training needs and coordinates resources required to present adult training.

Training: Sets up classroom, prepares materials. Presents training through newly created or established curriculum. Conducts technical training requiring information about safety, security, or other specific programs

Coordination/Administration: Assesses success of training programs; recommends improvements. Coordinates and implements segment of an agency training program. Conducts surveys; compiles results and recommends actions for change. Provides information about available training courses and activities. Prepares correspondence and written materials for training courses.

Curriculum Development: Develops training course curriculum. Makes changes to existing curriculum.

Required Qualifications

One year of experience in employee development work as an instructor, developer, or administrator or in curriculum development at the secondary or adult education level; OR two years of professional teaching experience at the secondary or adult education level.
Skill in curriculum development.

Writing skill sufficient to prepare correspondence or other training materials.
Communication skills sufficient to deliver training and teach adults.

Ability to understand and teach technical terminology and concepts to adults.
Presentation skills.

Desired Qualifications

Bachelors degree in Communications, Education, or related field.

Experience in developing and delivering both managerial and employee training.

Experience developing and analyzing training needs assessments.

Skill in establishing effective working relationships.

Knowledge of specific subject area of training.

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


Employee Development Specialist 3

Description

This positions develops and delivers complex training programs, determines training needs and coordinates resources required to present adult training. Develops training plans and assesses results in terms of employee/agency performance.

Training: Presents managerial and employee training through newly created or established curriculum. Conducts complex technical training requiring information about safety, security, or other specific programs. Adapts outside training programs to agency needs.

Coordination/Administration: Assesses employee development needs and recommend actions and improvements. Assists in development of agency training budget; estimates costs of training delivery. Plans, coordinates and implements segment of an agency training program. Conducts surveys; compiles results and recommends actions for change. Provides information about opportunities and trends in employee development to agency management and staff. Prepares correspondence and written materials for management review.

Curriculum Development: Plans, develops, and implements training course curriculum. Oversees development of curriculum for agency training courses. Participates in statewide meetings regarding curriculum planning.

Required Qualifications

Two years of professional experience in the design, development, instruction, administration, or coordination of employee training and development programs or as an adult/higher education curriculum designer.

Advanced skill in curriculum development.
Writing skill sufficient to prepare written reports and new training materials.
Communication skills sufficient to deliver training and present program goals.

Ability to understand and teach technical terminology and concepts to adults.
Presentation skills.

Desired Qualifications

Bachelors degree in Communications, Education, or related field.

Experience in developing and delivering both managerial and employee training.
Demonstrated ability to assess training needs and establish priorities.

Knowledge of principles of employee development.

Experience in process improvement or organizational development consulting.

Skill in establishing effective working relationships.

Knowledge of specific subject area of training.

Ability to relate the outcomes of employee development programs to improved performance and achievement of organizational goals.

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


Engineer 1 Graduate

Description

This position provides civil engineering services for DNR projects and contracts. Provides project design and engineering analysis of civil engineering projects and systems. Performs a variety of engineering tasks requiring the application of
technical skills and knowledges obtained through formal engineering training. May direct the work of technical engineering staff.
Design services: Provides engineering design services so that projects are designed using sound engineering fundamentals and meet client requirements. Performs technical design work and/or supervise the work of other technical staff who perform drafting or computational duties.
Project or contract administration: Performs feasibility studies statewide for projects so that project feasibility decisions are based on sound engineering judgement and meet client requirements. Monitors contract compliance and applies civil engineering principles to contract provisions. Acts as an inspector on engineering work in the field.
Continuing Education: Continue progress toward professional engineering certification in both educational and experience areas.

Required Qualifications

Bachelors Degree in Civil, Mining, Agricultural, or related engineering field.

Writing skills sufficient to communicate technical engineering information.

Oral communication skills sufficient to interpret engineering data and information.

Skill in computer use sufficient to operate computer/software and produce reports.

Knowledge of common engineering practices, methods and procedures.

Knowledge of equipment and materials used in modern engineering operations.

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge of HEC-RAS and HEC-HMS or similar software.

Knowledge of AutoCAD and AutoCAD Land Development software.

Experience in engineering graphic work.

Experience in technical engineering work.

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


Engineer Principal

Description

This position directs and coordinates comprehensive engineering services provided to DNR division clients at a regional or statewide level. May include supervisory responsibility.

Staff and Program Supervision: Supervises staff, including hiring, directing coaching, training, evaluating, and disciplining. Directs technical engineering services in operating and maintaining DNR facilities. Develops specific policies and procedures necessary to execute a program and coordinate engineering activities (such as design, survey, or programming) in a field office or in a functional unit in St. Paul. Evaluates mineral properties to provide a basis for determining royalty values and for lease administration. Assists in mineral lease sales and lease negotiations. Develops and supervise mineral research program.

Construction Contract and Project Administration: Administers construction contracts so that the construction plans and specifications are adhered to, the projects are built on schedule, appropriate construction techniques are utilized, and cooperative working relationships are established and maintained with contractors. Directs studies of engineering projects to ensure they are comprehensive and address applicable engineering and land issues. Acts as chief inspector of all mining operations in which the state has an interest. Prepares or directs the preparation of technical reports.

Design of Plans and Specifications: Directs or performs the design and preparation of construction plans and specifications for projects. Approves development plans, specifications and estimates for all contracts.

Customer Relations: Develops and maintains effective communications and relationships with contractors, representatives of local government, DNR staff, other governmental agencies, and outside consultants.

Required Qualifications

Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Minnesota (or ability to become registered at time of hire).
Three years professional engineering experience including at least one year of post registration experience.
Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering or a related field.
Knowledge in multiple phases of Civil Engineering (Hydrology, Sewer and Water Systems, Soils, Structure, Buildings, Roads, Bridges, and Geometrics).
Project management experience.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of industry and citizen groups.
Ability to coordinate and direct the activities related to several large engineering projects or programs of considerable complexity.
Oral and written communication skills sufficient to speak on behalf of the program or project.

Desired Qualifications

Supervisory experience.
Experience and capability in management and human relations skills.
Ability to understand contract specifications
Ability to make decisions at the contract site and to evaluate materials upon arrival at the site.
Knowledge and skill in the design and construction of a wide diversity of projects for natural resources management and recreational facilities.
Knowledge, understanding and appreciation for the other design disciplines represented in the Bureau of Engineering (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Land Surveying).

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

Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Minnesota (at hire, or the ability to become registered).


Engineering Aide

Description

This position designs, produces and maintains technical engineering information, supporting construction projects within the DNR.

Design: Drafts maps and other information within acceptable and established design standards including formatting, symbolization, annotation and verification of information.

Production: Coordinates with clients to produce (print) desired information within established timeframes. Provides routine technical engineering support to projects.

Written/Oral Communication: Prepares written documents for mapping programs.

Required Qualifications

Associate of Arts Degree in Engineering Technology or closely related field.

Desired Qualifications

1)Ability to use Freehand, Excel and Pagemaker software applications.

2) Experience in ArcView and working knowledge of ArcInfo.

3) Practical experience with a variety of printers and plotters.

4) Knowledge of separation and four color process in publication techniques.

5) Coursework or experience in cartographic mapping.

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


Engineering Aide Intermediate

Description

This position primarily performs field survey work including levels, topography, cross sections, profiles and ordinary high water level determinations.

Office: Research requests for field surveys for background information from prior surveys including benchmark locations and elevations. Obtain maps, air photos and other references necessary to locate project sites in the field. Reduce/check field survey notes.

Field: Function as an instrument person, rod person or recorder on a survey crew to conduct surveys of public water or land. Seasonally operate a motor boat, snowmobile or ATV to access project sites. Perform soil borings, water depth soundings and take photographs as required to document existing conditions.

Written/Oral Communication: Prepare clear and concise notes in the field; prepare survey reports describing existing conditions, elevations and observations. Communicate effectively with other department employees, consultants and the public.

Required Qualifications

Associate degree or a two-year technical college degree in surveying, civil engineering technology or equivalent. One year of post graduation field survey experience using a level, theodolite and/or total station. Knowledge of personal computers and software.

Desired Qualifications

Experience and knowledge of GPS equipment.

Knowledge of automated drafting capabilities (CADD).

Ordinary high water survey experience.

Physical Requirements

Medium Work - occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound bags of feed maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying of 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


Engineering Aide/Cartographics

Description

This position designs and produces outdoor facility maps and Public Recreation Information Maps (PRIM) for outdoor recreation users. This position also assists in designing and maintaining the department signage program and manual.

Design: Draft digital maps within acceptable and established design standards including formatting, symbolization, annotation and verification of information.

Production: Coordinate with clients to produce (print) desired quantities within established timeframes.

Sign Program: Design (format) all silk-screened signs statewide for departmental facilities, and to systematically automate all sign designs into a departmental sign manual.

Written/Oral Communication: Prepare written procedural documents for various recreational mapping programs and interaction with fellow employees and personnel of the various disciplines of the DNR.

Required Qualifications

Associate of Arts Degree in Geography or closely related field with coursework or experience in cartographic mapping.

Desired Qualifications

Demonstrated capability in Freehand, Excel and Pagemaker software applications.

Experience in ArcView and working knowledge of ArcInfo.

Practical experience with a variety of printers and plotters.

Knowledge of separation and four color process in publication techniques.

Working knowledge of silk-screen sign fabrication.

Physical Requirements

License Requirements


Engineering Specialist

Description

The position provides technical engineering services in the area of civil engineering design, construction contract administration, land surveying and land title review.

Civil Engineering Design: Plan and organize the collection of detailed project information. Visit project site and collect data necessary for design development. Produce engineering feasibility studies and create preliminary designs using computer hardware and software so that preliminary documents are organized, complete, and accurate representations fo proposed construction, including details and cost estimates.

Construction Contract Administration: Produce, review and check final project construction plans, specifications and cost estimates.

Land Surveying: Provide problem solving and data information services for survey projects, including coordinate and datum conversions, error checking, survey data analysis, least square adjustments of survey data, recommendations on solving survey problems and use of coordinates, geoids and datums.

Land Title Review: Review land records and abstract of title and develop documents and agreements in order to complete acquisition and other land transfers.

Written/Oral Communications: prepare written and oral reports for documentation of project status.

Required Qualifications

Associate of Arts Degree in Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Land Surveying, or related field.

Five years of experience in Civil Engineering or Land Surveying.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in any of the following: land and legal description writing, review or abstracting; geographic information systems; civil engineering design; and, construction inspection. Project planning and organizational skills sufficient to manage multiple projects with long-term deadlines is required.

Physical Requirements

License Requirements