Position levels and benefits

Forestry Technician

Minimum entry-level requirements:

  • Associate degree in natural resource management with an emphasis in Forestry, which includes coursework in forest management, silviculture, dendrology, forest measurements, and forest inventory.
  • Knowledge of:
    • wildfire detection and suppression techniques sufficient to prepare fire fighters and equipment for fire fighting and to effectively and safely suppress wild fires.
    • forest resource measurement and appraisal techniques sufficient to collect forest resource information and apply this information to evaluate harvest areas and recommend harvesting regulations.
    • soils sufficient to identify sustainability and limitations by broad classification.
    • cartography sufficient to understand topographical, political, survey and other maps and/or to produce maps for timber sales and forest development.
    • land survey techniques sufficient to apply general practices of surveying in field applications.
    • forest inventory, appraisal, and scaling techniques sufficient to obtain and record detailed and accurate data.
    • capability, suitability, service and operation requirements of a wide variety of equipment sufficient to safely and effectively make use of the equipment in the control of wild fires, complete forest development projects and maintain buildings, grounds and property.
  • Ability to interpret aerial photography sufficient to accurately use photos for mapping, species identification and locating corners and property lines.
  • Ability to identify trees, shrubs and plants.
  • Requires an unrestricted Class A Driver's License: a combination of vehicles with a gross COMBINATION weight (GCW) of more the 26,000 pounds, and the towed unit has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of more than 10,000 pounds within six months of date of hire. 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 pre-employment drug tested and be included in a random drug and alcohol testing program.

Benefits start at:

  • Salary—$19.80 to $27.78 per hour or $41,342/year - $58,004/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. This may include: Plant physiology; dendrology; silviculture; soil science; chemistry; biology; botany; geology; entomology; forest ecology and meteorology.
  • 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 sufficient to select suitable photos and interpret them
    • forest mensuration, economics and survey and appraisal techniques sufficient to carry out assigned programs.
    • wildlife species and their habitat needs sufficient to prescribe, conduct and evaluate management activities.
    • recreation management sufficient to develop and manage a variety of recreation facilities.
    • fire management techniques sufficient to identify the role of fire.
    • wood marketing and utilization sufficient to promote sound and efficient use of forest resources.
    • statistics sufficient to ensure the accurate collection and interpretation of forest data.
  • Human Relation skills sufficient to work with internal and external clients, DNR staff, special interest groups, loggers, forest product industry staff and general public, in a variety of situations.
  • Skill in the use of forestry instruments, equipment and techniques sufficient to perform duties.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in written form sufficient to clearly convey information on forest management practices to the general public, special interest groups and other department employees.
  • Possession of an unrestricted Class D Driver's License. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.

Benefits starting at:

  • Salary—$20.12/hour to $29.18/hour per hour or $42,010/year - $60,927/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:
Clarissa Spicer
1201 E Highway 2
Grand Rapids MN 55744
Phone: 218-328-8900
Email: [email protected]