Forestry Regional Specialist, Minnesota

Job Class: NR Forestry Regional Specialist, Insect & Disease

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 01/07/2016

Closing Date: 01/28/2016

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources

Division/Unit: Forestry


Salary Range: $22.95 -$33.77 /hourly; $47920 -$70512/annually

Job Summary

This posting will be used to fill three positions at the following locations: Bemidji, Brainerd and Grand Rapids.

This position exists to manage the Forest Health Programs and the Urban and Community Forestry Programs within a region.

Responsibilities include:

Collaborate with the State Forest Health Implementation Team to design, develop, and implement a comprehensive Minnesota Forest Health Program which offers training, materials, and assistance to Department of Natural Resources staff. Provide administrative and technical oversight of the Region Forest Health Program; develop and manage the Urban and Community Forestry Program; and design, coordinate and implement forest health surveys and assessments.

Develop, analyze and interpret forest health information and management strategies to ensure management and the public is informed through public presentations, radio, television, news articles and scientific publications. Develop and deliver educational/informational resources and publications to various audiences to integrate and implement pest management practices and educate selective and proper use of pesticides. Coordinate training activities with other divisions and agencies.

Operational Support: Monitor the work of Forestry Area Staff. Develop and deliver educational programs/materials. Train natural resource staff in the administration and implementation of forestry programs.

Formal Training: Complete formal Division of Forestry classroom and field training sessions as assigned.

Frequent travel is required to implement the Forest Health Program across the region and at times statewide.

Minimum Qualifications:

Work hours are subject to change based on work needs; hours of work and days off may vary and include weekends, evenings and holidays.

*Master’s degree in Forest Pathology or Forest Entomology (or a closely related Master’s degree in natural science field of study).

*Professional level experience working with forest health related issues for a public or private organization advising other forestry professionals on specialty techniques, problems.

*Knowledge of entomology, plant pathology, plant physiology, forest management, biometry, weed science, ecology, pesticides and pesticide application technology sufficient to develop new techniques, conduct research projects design and interpret surveys and diagnose problems to devise viable management strategies and train forestry staff.

*Knowledge of forest and forest pest management and protection principles sufficient to advocate practices and provide technical review of Division and Department plans, polices and projects.

*Ability to develop schedules, studies, research projects and work assignments sufficient to efficiently and effectively accomplish Forestry program objectives and implement forestry science.

*Ability to administer program sufficient to manage, properly allocate limited resources and to direct activities.

*Ability to train and teach sufficient to convey information in classrooms, field demonstrations, seminars, workshops and to DNR staff.

*Human relations sufficient to direct, administer and train foresters and to lead personnel working in programs.

*Oral and written communication skills sufficient to communicate complex concepts and principals to other resource professions and the public and make effective presentations to a wide variety of audiences by identifying their level of understanding and evoking a positive response.

*Ability to prepare and edit high quality technical reports and management plans and research and interpretation scientific literature sufficient to solve problems, educate others and increase expertise in a specialty area.

*Ability to integrate information from scientific literature, historical data and past experiences sufficient to devise risk-rating systems and management guidelines.

*Leadership skills sufficient to motivate people and obtain program commitment from division personnel and other Forest managers.

*Ability to negotiate budget, staffing needs and equipment allocation sufficient to administer programs and train personnel.

*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:

*PhD in Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology or Entomology.

*Advanced professional experience as an insect and disease specialist for a public or private organization that includes advising other forestry professionals on specialty techniques, problems.

*Knowledge of Department and Division policy, procedure and operating guidelines; State of Minnesota statutes pertaining to natural resources management; statistically sound survey techniques.

*Successful completion of the Division of Forestry Entry Level Professional Forester Development Program; and a Leadership Development Program.

*Broad range of experiences with all programs administered by the Division of Forestry statewide with an emphasis on the major field operations 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.

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

  1. Criminal history check
  2. Driver’s license history
  3. Reference checks

Application Details

Why Work For Us

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 are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to


If you have questions about the position, contact Patty Thielen at or 218.999.7841 or David Thomas at or 218.308.2377

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