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Park Rapids Area Fisheries Supervisor - NR Area Supervisor Fisheries

State of Minnesota
Park Rapids, Minnesota, US
Closing date
Oct 14, 2021

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Job Class: Natural Resources Area Supervisor - Fisheries

Working Title: Area Fisheries Supervisor

* Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
* Date Posted: 09/30/2021
* Closing Date: 10/20/2021
* Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources
* Division/Unit: Fish and Wildlife
* Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
* Days of Work: Monday - Friday
* Travel Required: Yes
* Salary Range: $29.01 - $42.00/hourly; $60,572 - $87,696/annually
* Classified Status: Classified
* Bargaining Unit/Union: 216 - Middle Management Association/MMA
* FLSA Status: Exempt - Executive
* Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

This position exists to supervise and administer the planning, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive fisheries management program in the Park Rapids Fisheries Management Area (Hubbard, Wadena and eastern Becker Counties) to protect, sustain and enhance fisheries and other aquatic resources.

Core Activities Include:

* Perform supervisory functions so that efficient and orderly operation will be maintained.
* Direct and operate an area headquarters with full budget responsibility to provide for operational needs so clientele are served, and a base for field operations is available to staff employees in order to meet program goals.
* Coordinate, supervise, and implement a fisheries investigational program so that current relevant information is collected, analyzed, and made available for effective long and short-term management planning.
* Direct fish stocking and propagation programs so that local, regional and statewide sport fishing opportunities are enhanced.
* Coordinate with local associations and other units of government to implement fisheries management plans for the area resources.
* Provide a public relations program to inform clientele of fisheries activities and educate on the long-term value of resource protection.
* Coordinate fisheries management and research activities to ensure that programs meet specified goals and objectives of fish management policy while minimizing conflicts with other agencies or user group's interests.
* Assume responsibility and accountability for safe performance of tasks by staff according to established safety procedures and reduce injuries and equipment damages.
* Perform all job responsibilities in a manner that supports a healthy, safe, and productive and inclusive work environment for all employees.


Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree in biology, fisheries, or closely related area. See the "How to Apply" section below for coursework requirements.

Four years of professional level experience with increasing responsibility in the areas of fisheries management, research, ecology or closely related field sufficient to develop, administer and support fish management or research on a regional scale.

Demonstrated supervisory or lead worker experience and training that incorporates coaching and conflict resolution skills to effectively discipline, train, and educate others.

Organizational and interpersonal skills sufficient to work as a productive member of a team.

Written communication skills sufficient to prepare and edit high quality technical reports and management plans to present to division management and other decision makers.

Oral communication skills sufficient to communicate with technical audiences and local constituents (e.g., professional fisheries organizations, organized angling groups, legislative committees, etc.).

Ability to safely work in adverse weather and environmental conditions and to safely operate equipment such as boats, outboard motors, trailers, etc.

Computer proficiency, including knowledge of databases, spreadsheets, and statistical programs sufficient to analyze collected data and perform statistical analysis.

Conflict resolution/human relation skills sufficient to negotiate, resolve issues, read situations and settle disputes equitably by finding common ground and cooperation.

Considerable knowledge of procedures involved in planning, executing, evaluating, and reporting on a comprehensive fisheries area management program.

Ability to treat employees inclusively in the areas of accommodation, scheduling, expectations, individualized resource needs, training, and development.

Ability to set long term and short term goals and objectives that equitably empower all employees, stakeholders, and the public.
Preferred Qualifications
Master's degree or PhD in Fisheries or a closely-related field.

Experience facilitating or leading diverse groups to consensus on complex fisheries-related issues.

Experience with cold water streams and trout management.

Experience with cool water hatcheries.

Safety training.

Experience developing and implementing budgets and operational plans.
Physical Requirements
Requires occasionally lifting articles of 50-pounds maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time.
Additional Requirements
This position requires completion of specific coursework. See the "How to Apply" section below for instructions on required transcript submission.

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
Our goal as an employer is to actively recruit, welcome and support a workforce, which is diverse and inclusive of people who are underrepresented in the development of State of Minnesota policies, programs and practices, so that we can support the success and growth of all people.

We are 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 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.

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.
How to Apply
Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page and submit an application and resume that clearly describes your experience in the areas listed above. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For applicants not currently in the NR Specialist Fisheries job class series, submit your unofficial transcript(s) to demonstrate satisfactory completion of the following coursework requirements:
1. Fisheries and aquatic sciences courses. A minimum of 4 courses, for a total of 12 semester or 18 quarter hours. Of the 4 courses, at least 2 must be directly related to fisheries science, and at least 1 must cover principles of fisheries science and management.
2. Other biological sciences courses that, when added to the preceding courses, total 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.
3. Physical sciences courses. Fifteen semester or 23 quarter hours.
4. Mathematics and statistics courses. Six semester or 9 quarter hours, including 1 college algebra and 1 statistics course or 2 statistics courses.
5. Communications courses. Nine semester or 13 quarter hours (3 semester or 5 quarter hours may be taken in communications intensive courses if officially designated as such by the university or college).

* To receive credit for coursework, letter grades awarded must be 'C-' or higher.

**Certification by the American Fisheries Society as an Associate Fisheries Professional or a Certified Fisheries Professional will be accepted in lieu of the required coursework.

Please submit your transcript(s) by email to Ted Sledge at Unofficial copies of the transcript in .pdf, text or .jpeg format are acceptable. Failure to submit your transcript(s) by the close of the posting may affect your consideration for the position. Applicants currently in the NR Specialist Fisheries series, no transcript submission required.

For additional information about the application process, go to

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Elyse Anderson at by the job posting close date.
If you have questions about the position, contact Ted Sledge at or 218/308-2671.


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.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email Please indicate what assistance you need.
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