NR Specialist Wildlife OR NR Specialist Intermediate Wildlife - Depredation Specialist

ATTENTION APPLICANTS: This vacancy is being announced at two different job classes at the same time: NR Specialist Wildlife and NR Specialist Intermediate Wildlife. The final job class and starting salary is dependent on the successful applicant’s qualifications. There is only one job ID for this vacancy, and you will be considered for the highest classification for which you qualify. This posting will be used to fill up to two positions.

This job requires many overnight stays in hotels and frequent travel status throughout the state of Minnesota. From May thru November, 2 to 3 nights per week can be expected to be in travel status during a busy year assisting agricultural producers and the public across the state.

This position exists to assist in the development of and to directly implement an extension program of wildlife damage management in the state, by communicating program guidelines and policies, training clientele in effective damage abatement techniques, providing deterrent materials as appropriate, serving as liaison to agricultural producer groups, urban entities, producing extension materials, and evaluating program effectiveness. A special emphasis will be on educating agricultural producers, urban entities and other landowners in effective localized management strategies and will also focus on damage resulting from various game species including deer, goose, bear and turkey. The position will assist the Area Wildlife Staff with damage management issues and also assist the Wildlife Damage Program Supervisor with response to feral swine in the state. Job responsibilities include:

  • Provide effectiveness and timely technical assistance to landowners and urban entities experiencing depredation or health and human safety issues by wildlife (game animals) or feral swine.

  • Provide emergency and long-term wildlife damage deterrent materials to growers experiencing wildlife damage and assist urban entities with technical assistance on emergency and long-term deterrent materials, so that immediate and on-going action can prevent significant damage or health and human safety issues from continuing.

  • Educate agricultural growers, urban entities, MN DNR field and Information staff, public land managers, and others in the application of integrated wildlife damage management abatement methods so that wildlife damage problems are effectively reduced or eliminated.

  • Maintain technical currency in wildlife damage abatement methods, procedures, and issues so that the most current and effective techniques are utilized and changes in damage management techniques or methods are anticipated and planned for.

  • Provide assistance to develop, produce, and distribute training materials (brochures, fact sheets, videos, news releases, etc.) on wildlife damage management so that the best and most current information is available to Wildlife Management Section staff and the public.


Minimum Qualifications

***See transcript requirements below AND instructions for submitting transcripts in the "How to Apply" section of this posting.***

  • Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife, natural resources or related field.

  • Transcript Evaluation:

    • A review of your transcript per the following coursework requirements:

    • a. A minimum of 3 courses directly related to wildlife management/biology or animal behavior;

    • b. One course in each: chemistry or physics; statistics; communication; and ecology;

    • c. At least 4 additional wildlife or ecology, or related courses, such as animal or plant taxonomy, comparative anatomy or physiology, soils or geology, mammalogy, ornithology, parasitology, etc.

NR Specialist WL:

  • A minimum of 1 course directly related to wildlife damage management.

  • Knowledge of or ability to learn about building structures or construction projects, creating specs, material lists, drafting designs, etc.

  • Ability to instruct others in the maintenance, repair, and safekeeping of tools, supplies and equipment issued.

NR Specialist Intermediate WL:

  • A minimum of 1 course directly related to Wildlife Damage Management. *6 months of work experience in wildlife damage management may substitute for the course.*

  • Two years of professional level (e.g. NR Specialist) wildlife management involving wildlife damage management experience. *A Master’s degree may substitute for 1 year experience.*

  • Experience with building structures or construction projects, creating specs, material lists, drafting designs etc.

  • Experience with instructing others in, the maintenance, repair and safekeeping of tools, supplies and equipment issued.

Additional requirements:

  • Technical knowledge of wildlife species identification, habitat relationships, food habits, animal behavior, parasites and disease, life histories, and reproductive potential.

  • Knowledge of census/survey techniques and their limitations to address small scale populations or localized population management.

  • Writing skills sufficient to communicate work programs, project proposals, accomplishment reports, survey results, hunting season data, and correspondence to the public.

  • Ability to communicate orally to individuals, small and medium sized groups, and news media in a variety of circumstances. Interpersonal skills in managing customer interactions and minimizing escalation of emotions.

  • Knowledge of and/or experience with hunting and trapping, methods, and regulations.

  • Knowledge of development and implementation of project management using available tools.

  • Knowledge of computers including spreadsheet, GIS, database, and word processing skills.

  • Knowledge of citizen participation, conflict resolution, and negotiation techniques.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Wildlife Biology, natural resources or related field.

  • Preferred Coursework:

    • 2 courses directly related to Wildlife Damage Management;

    • 6 credits or more, including lab courses in Wildlife Damage Management;

    • Additional courses such as; Advanced GIS with natural resource emphasis, Human wildlife interactions, Human dimensions, urban wildlife management.

  • Experience in wildlife management and wildlife damage management including damage assessment, damage management techniques, forecasting future damage, and habitat modification.

  • Experience in wildlife management in an urban interface.

  • Experience of development and implementation of project management emphasizing management of large numbers of projects simultaneously.

  • Knowledge and/or field experience with conventional and nonconventional farming practices.

  • Experience with creating documents, facts sheets, presentations, webpages and other public educational media in ADA format.

  • Experience working with agricultural producers or the public to resolve property damage issues or health and human safety issues.

  • Firearms proficiency to dispatch wild animals or abate damage.

  • Knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to wildlife, lakes, and wetlands.

  • A working knowledge of other disciplines such as fisheries, forestry, invasive species, soil conservation, and hydrology to guide the development of integrated resource management projects to assist the state and public with habitat modifications to reduce damage and promote clean water and healthy habitat.

  • Comfortable with the use of or previous experience using Pyrotechnics.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound bags of feed maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and materials such as woven wire fence or wire spoolers. 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.

Additional Requirements

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

It is policy of the Department of Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components:

  • Criminal history check

  • Motor vehicle record

  • Employment reference checks

  • SEMA4 record check

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


  • In addition to submitting your resume, please submit your transcript(s) that demonstrate satisfactory completion of the education requirements listed in the posting. Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable.
  • Submit your transcript(s) by email to Jami Markle at

*If you have previously submitted transcripts, youMUST resubmit for this position, as there are additional coursework requirements different from the traditional NR Specialist Wildlife postings.*

Failure to submit your transcript(s) by the close of the posting may affect your consideration for the position.

Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page and submit an application/resume that clearly describes how you meet the minimum qualifications listed above.

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If you have questions about the position, contact Eric Nelson at or 218/203-4336.

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Ashley Miranowski at or fax to 651.296.6494 by the job posting close date.


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.