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St. Louis River Project Manager — Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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St. Louis River Project Manager — Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Job Summary
The Division of Ecological and Water Resources is seeking to hire a full-time permanent St. Louis River Project Manager. The St. Louis River Project Manager (Project Manager) will manage the development, design, implementation, and administration of St. Louis River Restoration Initiative (SLRRI) habitat restoration projects in close coordination with multiple partner organizations and agencies. The position will participate in acquiring and managing state, federal, and other grant awards as needed to complete projects. The position also represents Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) on multi-agency initiatives that currently exist within the St. Louis River watershed by developing, implementing, and managing habitat projects in the estuary and surrounding watershed.


  • Implement habitat projects prioritized under the St. Louis River Restoration Initiative.
  • Perform grant coordination tasks associated with State and Federal grants.
  • Coordinate or participate in other management or planning activities within the St. Louis River estuary and other activities as assigned.
  • Ensure responsibility for safety and accountability for safety performance so that injuries are reduced, equipment damage is minimized and tasks are performed according to established safety procedures.
  • This position has a flexible work arrangement and may be eligible to telework on a part-time basis which is subject to change.
  • If approved, the employee would be required to complete a telework agreement.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in environment studies, wildlife management, ecology, zoology, conservation biology, natural resource management, or closely related major.
  • Three years professional experience with designing and implementing biological assessments and habitat management actions of aquatic or terrestrial ecosystems. **Master's degree may substitute one year of experience.**
  • Working knowledge of rules, regulations and procedures governing a specific program sufficient to solve unusual or difficult problems, advise field staff, determine future program directions, and evaluate program work.
  • Ability to learn Division programs, policies, and procedures sufficient to make decisions that are compatible with other policies and programs in the division and department.
  • Ability to learn and apply DNR and state practices regarding procurement, contract administration, and budgets sufficient to control the bid solicitation process, prepare budget requests, and authorize expenditures and payments.
  • Human relations skills sufficient to motivate and obtain commitment from professionals who do not report directly to the Project Manager.
  • Skills in persuasion sufficient to convince staff to take new approaches to issues and to explain and resolve complex program problems with other agencies, public interest groups, legislators, and the public.
  • Communication skills sufficient to communicate to large or small groups, legislative committees, officials of other agencies, private groups or the public; to write convincing and well-documented reports on resource issues; and to conduct training sessions with division staff or outside groups.
  • Budgeting experience sufficient to allocate program funds to regional programs and to monitor expenditures.
  • Organization skills sufficient to manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Technological ability to analyze and present geographic information systems and other data, utilize spreadsheets and track information in project management software.
  • Ability to effectively interpret and present complex information from professional staff and consultants to middle and upper managers who may be unfamiliar with detailed project elements.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a Natural Resources or Water Resources program focused on restoration ecology, landscape ecology, wildlife management, river or lake dynamics, aquatic ecology, or fish biology.
  • Knowledge of the DNR’s organizational structure, Division programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of other state and federal resource management agencies, local governmental units, and their respective authority, programs and responsibilities that pertain to land and water resource management.

Additional Requirements
This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s license with a clear driving record.

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Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources
Division/Unit: Ecological and Water Resources
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift Days of Work: Monday - Friday
Travel Required: Yes - Occasional travel for meetings or conferences
Salary Range: $27.58 - $40.49 / hourly; $57,587 - $84,543 / annually
Classified Status: Classified Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MAPE
FLSA Status: Exempt
Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.
The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Applicants must have the ability to meet the physical requirements and work in the environmental conditions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

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

  • Conflict of Interest Review
  • Criminal History Check
  • Education Verification
  • Employment Reference / Records Check
  • License / Certification Verification