NR Forestry Asst Supv
State of Minnesota
 Big Falls, MN

Job Details

Job Class: Natural Resources Forestry Assistant Supervisor

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 10/28/2019

Closing Date: 11/18/2019

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources

Division/Unit: Forestry

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

Days of Work: Monday - Friday

Travel Required: Yes

Salary Range: $25.69 - $37.26/hourly; $53,640 - $77,798/annually

Classified Status: Classified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 216 - Middle Management Association/MMA

Employment Condition: Full Time Unlimited

Work Location: Big Falls Forestry Field Station

FLSA Status: Exempt

Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

Job Summary

This is the Assistant Area Forestry Supervisor position for the Littlefork Administrative Area located at the Big Falls Forestry Field Station. The Littlefork Forestry Administrative area includes an area office in Littlefork and field stations in International Falls and Big Falls.

This position assists in the management of the Littlefork Forestry Administrative area by supervising area field support staff; directing contract administration; managing forestry programs at the area administrative level; and directing/supervising/representing all area operations in the Forestry Area Supervisor's absence.

Responsibilities include:

Supervise area field support staff including seasonal forest protection staff, technicians, foresters, program foresters, and office support staff to ensure effective allocation of human resources by interviewing and selecting staff affirmatively; assigning, scheduling, directing and evaluating work performance; approving satisfactory performance salary increases and achievement awards; and disciplining subordinate staff.

Administer, interpret and implement assigned Forestry programs at the area administrative level by interpreting program policy, developing program goals and objectives; managing area field operations; assigning work, inspecting and evaluating program activities; developing alternative work plans to resolve performance issues; monitoring the development of bid specifications and administering contracts; developing program budgets; and solving administrative problems.

Disseminate information on forestry issues so that the public, legislature and other jurisdictions and organizations are well informed on resource issues. Coordinate development and implementation of public information and education activities for programs.

Occasional travel required to various locations in the Area and statewide.


Minimum Qualifications:

Normal working hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but are subject to change based on work needs; hours of work may include weekends, evenings and holidays.

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Science/Management (or a closely related field of academic study).
  • Four years of experience in the Division of Forestry (or equivalent) with at least two of the four years equivalent to the NR Forestry Specialist, Intermediate level.
  • Knowledge of forestry management principles sufficient to implement public responsiveness techniques; administer department and division policies, procedures and operating guidelines and State of Minnesota statutes pertaining to natural resources management; and negotiate complex inter-disciplinary forest management issues.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with resource management professionals to resolve conflict, solve inter-disciplinary resource management problems, and integrate Department strategic direction, vision, and mission.
  • Supervisor/leadwork experience and/or training that incorporates directing, coaching and resolving conflicts.
  • Oral communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to communicate with co-workers, technical audiences and local constituents.
  • Written communication skills sufficient to prepare and edit technical reports and management plans.
  • Ability to communicate effectively by presenting information verbally and in writing by preparing reports, plans, and articles; and making presentations to the public sufficient to maintain an effective public relations program.
  • Requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.

Preferred 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, or current Society of American Foresters Certified Forester status.

Two years advanced level professional experience equivalent to the NR Forestry Specialist SENIOR class.

  • Knowledge of budget policies, procedures and regulations sufficient to manage and administer budgets.
  • Broad range of experience with all programs administered by the Division of Forestry with an emphasis on the following major field operation programs: 1) State Land Management; 2) Resource protection with an emphasis on fire suppression and management; 3) Forest Resource Information and Analysis with an emphasis on FIM and 4) Cooperative Forest Management.
  • Completion of a Leadership Development Program.
  • Completion of a supervisory skill development program with training in the areas of: basic supervision, advanced supervision, communication, performance management, interpersonal skills, and leadership.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Additional Requirements

This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's License with a clear driving record

It is our policy that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  • Employment Reference Check
  • SEMA4 Records Check
  • Criminal History Check
  • Education/License Verification

Application Details

Why Work For Us

The Department of Natural Resources is proud to operate within a Culture of Respect that provides a healthy, safe, and productive work environment for all employees. This means that our employees are supportive of a diverse workplace, are respectful to one another and to our customers. We believe that promoting a Culture of Respect allows our employees to do their best work in support of the agency's mission.

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

How to Apply

Click “Apply“ at the bottom of this page and submit an application/resume that clearly describes how you meet the qualifications listed above. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Bobbie Donat at by the job posting close date.


If you have questions about the position, contact Matt Wappler at or 218.278.6651.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages participation in all its programs, services and activities and does not discriminate against qualified applicants with disabilities. Anyone who believes they may need a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in the job application, interview or selection processes may contact any agency official with whom applicant has contact in the processing of their employment application to request an accommodation. Applicants may also contact the DNR's Affirmative Action office to request an accommodation by: E-mail: or by calling Sarah Spence-Koivisto at 651.259.5016; or using MN Relay 711.

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