Interested in working for the MN DNR?

How to apply

Current job openings are published on the MN.Gov/Careers website.

  • If you are interested and have the required qualifications, refer to the information in the job posting regarding how to apply or what additional information may be needed. If the job posting indicates that you need to provide more information (e.g., transcript, questionnaire) or pass an exam (e.g., written, oral, demonstration,) please call the individual identified on the job posting to request consideration. Generally, we only consider applicants who meet ALL of the posted job requirements at the time the position is posted.

Beyond the application

Other steps in getting a job with the DNR may include one or more of the following:

  • Written test - If the job requires job candidates to pass a written test, the test will be given before or after the interview.
  • Oral exam - If the job requires candidates to take an oral exam, candidates will be required to pass the exam to be considered for a vacancy.
  • Interview - For most professional jobs, there will be an interview with a panel of three to five interviewers who ask the same questions of each job candidate. Sometimes there is a one-on-one interview with position finalists.
  • Background check - All job offers to persons that are not currently employed by the DNR will be conditional based on successful completion of a criminal background check. Current DNR employees may need to successfully complete a criminal background check prior to appointment to certain jobs.
  • Physical/psychological exam - If a job requires job candidates to undergo a physical or psychological exam, these would be part of a conditional job offer.

On the job

  • Benefits - The State of Minnesota offers a competitive benefits package for all employees.
  • Union - The DNR has five different bargaining units (unions) and two administrative plans that cover the terms and conditions of employment. 
  • Salaries - Salaries for State of Minnesota employees are generally negotiated on a biennial basis by each of the unions. Information on salary progression is listed in the various union contracts and plans.

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DNR is an equal opportunity employer