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Laborer General


This position exists to perform a variety of tasks including strenuous physical labor; operating, maintaining, and repairing small and heavy equipment and various hand and power tools; and facility and grounds development, maintenance and repairs.

? Perform strenuous manual labor including, but not limited to: digging; lifting; shoveling; hauling, carrying, bending, pushing, and climbing.
? Operate motor vehicles, small farm machinery, boats and motors, heavy equipment, snowmobile, snow blower, ATV, chainsaw, tree planter, stump remover, and a variety of hand and power tools.
? Install and maintain fences, signs and posts; construct, install, and maintain fishing piers, docks and hunter blinds; install and maintain culverts and water control structures; construct and maintain roads, trails, and parking lots; conduct wildlife census and surveys; and construct, install, and maintain wildlife nesting and feeding structures.
? Perform building and grounds maintenance tasks including: custodial work, pick up trash and dispose of waste materials; repairing or replacing windows, doors, roofs, fixtures, water pipes, etc.; minor electrical, heating, and plumbing repairs; mow and trim grass; plant and trim trees and shrubs; cut, remove and clear brush, trees and stumps; cut, stack, and deliver firewood; and remove snow and ice.
? Repair and maintain equipment including service small engines, vehicles, trailers, snowmobiles, ATVs, lawn mowers, snow blowers, chainsaws, tree planters, stump removers, and a variety of hand and power tools.
? Perform various resource management activities including: fire management; vegetation control; and seed and seedling planting. These activities involve carrying water pump back packs, fire hoses, chainsaws, and hand tools for extended times; loading and unloading pump cans; lifting and dragging downed trees; using hand and pull-type sprayers; and loading, sorting, and bagging stock.

Required Qualifications

Ability to perform physically demanding tasks including digging, lifting, shoveling, hauling, carrying, bending, pushing, climbing and walking on uneven terrain.

Ability to withstand exposure to adverse weather and environmental conditions.

Desired Qualifications

Experience performing routine maintenance and repair of small and large equipment, and other equipment and tools.
Ability to operate small and heavy equipment and various hand and power tools.
Ability to use various chemicals in performing grounds maintenance and resource management tasks.
General farm or construction background.
Prescribed burn experience.
First Aid/CPR certification.
Ability to read and comprehend maps (aerial photos and plat maps), instructions on labels, information in instruction manuals, etc.
Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
Record keeping skills.

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.

Laborer Trades & Equipment


The Laborer-Trades & Equipment position assists the Area Supervisor and Area staff in managing and directing the operations of facilities and performs the daily activities involved with facility development and maintenance in a specific geographic area of the state.

Development Activities: Determines materials needed for project development. Constructs facilities including boat/canoe ramps, snowmobile/OHV/bike/hike/horse trails, parking lots, access roads, rest areas,. Assembles, installs, adjusts and repairs floating and roll-in boat docks, fishing piers and platforms, benches and picnic tables.

Maintenance Activities: Routinely services facilities; cuts grass, prunes trees, picks up garbage, removes graffiti, maintains toilet structures and water wells, sweeps, mows, grades, plows trail treadways and parking lots, stripes lots, services buildings, cleans windows, walls, ceilings, floors, woodwork, fixtures. Inspects concrete poured, plank, and gravel ramps and surrounding areas. Checks for holes and drop offs on edges of ramps and makes necessary repairs. Installs, repairs and replaces signs, notices, channel markers and dam buoy systems. Identifies and removes hazard trees at facilities. Inspects trail treadways for hazards and repairs. Inspects and repairs bridges on trail systems. Installs and repairs fences. Applies pesticides and herbicides. Plants trees, shrubs, forbs and grasses. Inspects vehicles and equipment before and after use. Makes necessary repairs or reports repairs needed.

Equipment Operation: Acquires and maintains proper certification, licensing and training to operate heavy equipment. Drives light trucks and other vehicles. Tows trailers used for transporting maintenance equipment and supplies to facilities and work sites. Operates tractors, mowers, all-terrain vehicles, equipment, implements and attachments needed to complete projects. Operates a dump truck, loader, grader, dozer, skidder, and backhoe. Operates motor boats, canoes and other watercraft. Operates grooming equipment. Operates tractor/trailer combinations. Operates motorized equipment such as chainsaws, brush cutters, wood chippers, winches, and generators. Operates power tools such as saws, drills, impact wrenches, grinders, power washers. Applies hand tools such as wrenches, saws, hammers, rakes, shovels, measuring devices, pry bars, post pounders, ropes, chains, jacks, and levels.

Public Relations: Verbally responds on site to public inquires for Division and Department information. Distributes information and maps to users. Surveys facility users.

Administration: Collects, records and reports accurate information on equipment and work performed. Examples include: keeping records and completing administrative forms such as vehicle logs, time sheets, daily activity reports, and injury reports; keeping records of vehicle inspections, equipment repairs, site and facility inspections; keeping accurate records of pesticide use, explosive use; reporting suspected encroachments. Reads and applies information from topographical maps and engineering plans and designs. Identify, document and report construction and rehabilitation needs.

Required Qualifications

Must pass a written exam covering tool identification, use, and maintenance, and shop math.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to work with limited supervision. Ability to solve problems, make decisions, work safely and effectively with others. Writing skills sufficient to communicate information.
Oral communication skills sufficient to provide information to facility users.

Desired Qualifications

Two years of experience OR two-year technical degree, with experience or coursework in equipment operation and maintenance, site design and construction, and landscape/vegetation management.
Knowledge of field management techniques, including engineering skills, needed to maintain trail and water recreation facilities.
Knowledge of general construction methods. Knowledge of equipment, machinery and materials needed to develop, operate and maintain trail and water recreation facilities.
Experience in equipment maintenance and minor equipment repairs.
Experience in the safe operation of tractors, trucks, trailers, mowers, chain saws and other related equipment, or trail or water recreation site maintenance.
First aid/CPR certification.

Physical Requirements

Heavy Work - lifting 100 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects such as 50 pound bags of feed. This job also 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. This job will require strenuous manual labor including but not limited to digging, shoveling, hauling, crawling, bending, pushing, pulling and climbing.

License Requirements

CLASS C DRIVER'S LICENSE - Any single unit vehicle with a GVW of 26,000 pounds or less that is placarded for hazardous materials or A School Bus designed to transport 15 passengers or less, including the driver.
Employees who are required to retain this license will be included in the DNR Drug and Alcohol Plan. This will require the employee to be preemployment drug tested and be included in a random drug and alcohol testing program.



A Lifeguard position exists to enforce water safety and park rules and regulations, rescue distressed and drowning swimmers, administer first aid and CPR, and clean and maintain beach area and surrounding buildings and grounds. All positions are seasonal in nature, working late spring through summer.

Positions are located at either Flandrau State Park, New Ulm, MN or Fort Snelling State Park, St. Paul, MN.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Monitor all beach users and activities.
Rescue and resuscitate beach users in distress.
Administer first aid.
Perform beach area security and enforce park rules and regulations.
Ensure lifeguard and rescue equipment is in operating condition.
Assist in maintenance of pond operating system and pool maintenance tasks.
Maintain the beach area.
Clean and maintain areas around the beach, the beach house, picnic grounds and other park facilities.
Perform grounds maintenance task.
Provide general information regarding the park facilities and other local points of interest.

Required Qualifications

Ability to identify and react to emergency situations quickly and effectively.

Ability to operate lifeguard equipment.

Ability to communicate orally.

Ability to use various cleaning supplies and other chemicals in performing maintenance tasks.

For positions that function with uninterrupted adult supervision, must be at least 16 years old and possess a Red Cross lifesaving certificate.

For positions that do not have uninterrupted adult supervision, must be at least 18 years old.

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge of park rules, policies and facilities.

Possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

Physical Requirements

Ability to work in adverse weather conditions.

Excellent physical condition, strength and agility sufficient to rescue distressed victims and perform CPR and first aid.

License Requirements

Possess and maintain current certification in one of the following lifesaving programs: American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard Training; ARC Lifeguard Training Instructor; ARC Life Guarding 2001, or an equivalent accredited program.

Possess and maintain current certification in one of the following Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) programs: ARC CPR Professional Rescuer; American Heart Association (AHA) Heartsaver CPR; or an equivalent accredited course covering adult, child, and infant CPR.

Possess and maintain current ARC, AHA or equivalent First Aid certification.