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Trainee-NR Conservation Officer 1 & 2

Description

This position exists to properly train Conservation Officer Recruits (COR), and to enable them to attain the knowledge, experience, and ability to assure the preservation of the state's natural resources, and to promote and enforce compliance with all laws, rules, and program requirements relating to the public's use and participation in the use of these resources. The COR will participate in a six month academy and field training program to enable them to become proficient in the job requirements listed below.

Law Enforcement: Enforce all authorized statutes and regulations; enforce all authorized recreational, environmental and emerging issues statutes and regulations. Identify needs, develop methods, implement plans to detect violations, investigate complaints, process criminal violations, arrest violators, seize/preserve evidence and conduct audits of NR licensed commercial operations.

Safety and Adult Training: Recruit and maintain a competent volunteer instructor pool, provide required training aids and assure training classes are scheduled.

Public Relations: Communicate the goals of the NR to the public by personal contact or actively seeking media and speaking opportunities. Provide advice, referrals and appropriate assistance in injured or nuisance animal complaint situations.

Cooperative Relationships: Maintain a working relationship with other NR Divisions/Bureaus/Sections, all law enforcement agencies and other related agencies.

Administration and Reporting: Perform the administering duties of a Conservation Officer by maintaining a field office in the officer's residence; prepare and submit reports and remittances.

Equipment Use, Care and Maintenance: Use and maintain state issued equipment and expend state funds according to policy in a manner to ensure all equipment is kept functional and in a safe condition.

Required Qualifications

This position requires a Peace Officer's License and a Minnesota Driver's License. Skill in performing peace officer duties, reading comprehension, equipment use and maintenance, oral and written communications skills are essential. The applicant's knowledge of fish and wildlife identification/habitat and other environmental sciences is necessary and will be determined through testing. The applicant will also be required to pass a reading comprehension test, an oral interview/examination, a physical agility test, a medical examination, a psychological test/evaluation, and a background investigation.

A Conservation Officer must have the ability to: lift and carry heavy and oversized objects; use and operate tools and equipment; walk and run over uneven terrain; tolerate adverse weather and other environmental conditions; observe and record information; read, analyze, interpret and communicate information; detect and analyze information based on sight, smell and/or taste, etc. A Conservation Officer shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the performance of the assigned job duties and responsibilities.

Desired Qualifications

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

1. Peace Officer License
2. 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.


Trainee-NR Forestry Specialist

Description

Professional Forester Trainees perform professional level program support work on a state wide basis in the following Minnesota Division of Forestry programs: State Land Management; Resource Protection; Cooperative Forest Management; Forest Resource Information and Planning; Nursery and Tree Improvement; & Administrative and Technical Support. Specific task assignments are guided by the Minnesota Division of Forestry Professional Forester TRAINEE Task Checklist.

Trainee Program: Collaborate with Area Forest Supervisors and Program Foresters to implement Division of Forestry programs. Complete the tasks listed in the Minnesota Division of Forestry Professional Forester TRAINEE Task Book.

State Land Management Program: Manage and develop forest resources; appraise forest resources for harvest; mark timber sale boundaries; administer state timber sales; measure cut forest products; and inspect state leases.

Cooperative Forest Management Program: Assist non-industrial forest woodland owners with the stewardship of their lands by providing forest management assistance and advice.

Resource Protection Program: Collect fire weather information; extinguish wildfires: and enforce natural resource protection statues.

Forest Resource Information and Analysis Program: Measure state and county administered lands following Department of Natural Resources Cooperative Stand Assessment (CSA) Program policy and procedure; collect and record forest resources information.

Formal Training: Complete formal Division of Forestry classroom and field training sessions as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Science / Management (or a closely related field of academic study) from a university program accredited by the Society of American Foresters, or comparable accrediting institution.

Human relations; oral and written communication; & listening skills.

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge of the technical aspects of the profession of forestry such as equipment operation and maintenance, timber harvesting, forest regeneration, and timber stand improvement practices, forest survey and appraisal techniques, road building and maintenance techniques, fire suppression techniques, and safety practices.

Implement public responsiveness techniques.

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.