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  • Wildlife Research Scientist 2 / Upland Game Project Leader

    Nicole Davros
    • Employer: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
      Location: Madelia, MN
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/03/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    Job ID: 28760

    Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

    Date Posted: 12/13/2018

    Closing Date: 1/3/2019

    Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources

    Division/Unit: Fish & Wildlife

    Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

    Days of Work: Monday - Friday

    Travel Required: No

    Salary Range: $26.30 - $38.75 /hourly; $54,914 - $80,910 /annually

    Job Class Option: Wildlife

    Classified Status: Classified

    Bargaining Unit/Union: 214–Professional/MAPE

    Work Location: Madelia - Open to other locations

    FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional

    Employment Condition: Unlimited, Full Time

    Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes



    *Desired position location is Madelia; however, open to considering other locations with the expectation to travel to Madelia as needed (estimated average once per week).*

    This position is one of two Research Scientist 2 positions within the MN DNR's Farmland Wildlife Populations and Research Group (FaWPRG) based in Madelia. In particular, the person hired for the Upland Game Project Leader position will:

    Design, execute, and report independent and original research on upland game (primarily ring-necked pheasants and gray partridge) and wild turkeys; provide new knowledge about these resources; develop and evaluate new methods and techniques for the advancement of upland game, wild turkey, and grassland habitat management; serve as a state expert on upland game and wild turkeys; and represent the Department in public meetings and disseminate advanced technical expertise to natural resource professional and the public. This individual will integrate scientific data and research findings; convey this knowledge to wildlife staff, peer committees, and other professionals and act as a key participant in the development, evaluation, and implementation of DNR wildlife management policies required to ensure the sustainability of wildlife resources in Minnesota. Other duties as assigned.

    This is a Ph.D. level position (M.S. required) with post-graduate research experience required. We are looking for someone with 1) a strong background in avian ecology with an emphasis in gallinaceous birds and/or grassland birds, 2) previous experience designing and conducting management-oriented research, 3) demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed articles, and 4) the skills and desire to work closely with Minnesota wildlife managers to answer relevant research questions.

    Research Scientist 2 positions perform advanced independent wildlife scientific research work and are responsible for initiating and completing research projects. They also review research activities in progress, correlate complex technical findings, interpret theories and reports, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and instruct lower level employees in research procedures.



    • Advanced degree in biology, wildlife management, or closely related area, AND
    • 1-3 years experience (1 year with Ph.D., 3 years with M.S.) as a research biologist including project design and analysis at the NR Specialist Senior Wildlife Research level or equivalent.
    • At least two (2) wildlife research articles (minimum 5-6 pages) in peer-reviewed journals.
    • Exceptional personal and written communication skills as well as oral presentation skills.
    • Knowledge of current wildlife research and management.
    • Analytic skills to conduct research and evaluate research work conducted by others.
    • Conflict resolution skills both internally (e.g., committee recommendations) and externally (e.g., participating in public meetings).
    • Management skills to effectively plan, budget, motivate, coordinate, supervise, and direct resources available to meet wildlife research and management needs.
    • Recognized ability to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships.
    • Capability to operate and maintain a variety of equipment including: trucks and trailers, capture equipment, and telemetry equipment.
    • Demonstrated computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, Access) and knowledge of statistical software including Program R.



    • PhD in wildlife ecology, preferably on gallinaceous birds and/or grassland birds. 
    • Extensive computer programming experience with R.
    • Proficiency in ArcGIS.
    • Extensive knowledge of current wildlife research and management in the Midwest, particularly as it relates to upland game birds, grassland birds, and U.S. Farm Bill programs (e.g. Conservation Reserve Program).
    • Experience modeling avian populations and understanding the outputs sufficient to make management recommendations.
    • Publication in the Wildlife Society Bulletin and/or the Journal of Wildlife Management.
    • Experience at the level of Research Scientist 2, or equivalent.



    Occasionally lifting articles 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 with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.



    *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:

    1. Criminal history check
    2. Motor vehicle check
    3. Employment reference checks
    4. SEMA4 record check



    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.



    Visit this website link to view the original MN DNR job posting and see the "How to Apply" section for further instructions.

    If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637. For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.



    If you have questions about the position, contact Dr. Nicole Davros at Nicole.Davros@state.mn.us or 507-642-8478.

    If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Ashley Miranowski at Ashley.Miranowski@state.mn.us 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: ADAdiversity.DNR@state.mn.us or by calling Sarah Spence-Koivisto at 651.259.5016; or using MN Relay 711.



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