Careers with the Forestry Division

Forestry Technician

Minimum entry-level requirements:

  • Associate degree in natural resource management with an emphasis in forestry.
  • Knowledge of:
    • wildfire detection and suppression techniques
    • forest resource management and appraisal techniques
    • soil classification
    • cartography
    • land survey techniques
    • forest inventory, appraisal, and scaling techniques
    • capability, suitability, service, and operation requirements of a wide variety of equipment
  • Ability to interpret aerial photography.
  • Ability to identify trees, shrubs, and plants.
  • Possession of an unrestricted Class D Driver's License.

Benefits start at:

  • Salary—$18.98 to $26.64 per hour or $39,630 to $55,624 per year
  • Vacation—13 days per year
  • Sick Leave—13 days per year
  • Holidays—10 days per year
  • Health insurance
  • Deferred compensation
  • Retirement plans
  • Life insurance
  • Continuing education and training

Forestry Specialist

Minimum entry-level requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Science/Management (or closely related field of academic study) from a university program accredited by the Society of American Foresters or a comparable accrediting institution.
  • Scientific principles involved in forest resource management.
  • Knowledge of:
    • forestry ecosystem management science, timber harvesting, forest regeneration and timber stand improvement practices, forest survey and data collection and analysis techniques using statistical methods, forest road design and building, fire science, forest plant and shrub identification, and safety practices
    • aerial photography
    • forest mensuration, economics, and survey and appraisal techniques
    • wildlife species and their habitat
    • fire management techniques
    • wood marketing and utilization
    • statistics
  • Human relation skills.
  • Skill in the use of forestry instruments, equipment, and techniques.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in written form.
  • Possession of an unrestricted Class D Driver's License.

Benefits starting at:

  • Salary—$18.66 to $26.99 per hour or $38,962 to $56,355 per year
  • Vacation—13 days per year
  • Sick Leave—13 days per year
  • Holidays—10 days per year
  • Health insurance
  • Deferred compensation
  • Retirement plans
  • Life insurance
  • Continuing education and training
Foresters looking at site plans

Application Process:

How to find and apply for jobs at the DNR:

  1. Search for state job openings on the Minnesota Careers website.
  2. View our current job openings by selecting "forestry" in the "Keywords" box in the middle of the page.
  3. To apply for a job with us, click on the job listing and submit your application materials.

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Any questions, please contact:
Keith Jacobson
1200 Warner Road
St. Paul MN 55106
Phone: 651-259-5830
Email: [email protected]