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  • Upland Gamebird Field Research Technician

    Nicole Davros
    • Employer: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
      Location: Madelia, MN
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 11/18/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    Job Class:  Natural Resources Technician

    Working Title:  Upland Game Field Research Technician

    • Job ID:  60218
    • Who May Apply:  Open to all qualified job seekers
    • Date Posted:  10/29/2022
    • Closing Date:  11/18/2022
    • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit:  Department of Natural Resources
    • Division/Unit:  Fish and Wildlife / WL-R4 Madelia
    • Work Shift/Work Hours:  Varies
    • Days of Work:  Varies
    • Travel Required:  Yes
    • Salary Range:  $19.08 - $26.52/hourly; $39,839 - $55,373/annually
    • Bargaining Unit/Union:  207 - Technical/AFSCME
    • AFSCME Work Area:  Madelia WMA Office
    • Work Location:  Madelia, MN
    • Employment Condition:  Temporary, Full-Time
    • Anticipated End Date:  08/31/2023
    • FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt
    • Connect 700 Program Eligible:  No

    Job Summary

    The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides outdoor recreation activities and manages Minnesota’s natural resources to create economic opportunity and a sustainable quality of life. We are driven to find talented, innovative employees to help us carry out this mission.

    The DNR is currently seeking two temporary Natural Resources Technicians to support upland game research and population survey projects (primarily the pheasants/cover crops research project) and other projects associated with the Farmland Wildlife Populations & Research Group’s activities by assisting in the collection of field data and biological samples, processing of samples, recording of observational notes, entry of data into electronic files, maintenance of data collection equipment, and writing summaries of activities. Housing may be available at the DNR research station near Madelia.

    The anticipated dates for this temporary position are approximately January 18, 2023 through August 31, 2023. 

    Specific job duties associated with the pheasants/cover crops study will include:

    • Working as a team to capture, handling, and radiocollar adult pheasants via walk-in traps and/or nighttime spotlighting from a UTV.
    • Monitoring adult pheasants for movement and survival using both handheld telemetry (including triangulation and homing techniques), vehicle-mounted telemetry, and automated radiotelemetry towers.
    • Monitoring nests for survival and hatch status.
    • Monitoring broods for survival status and movements.
    • Collecting vegetation data associated with habitat use following established protocols and standard techniques.
    • Capture efforts and schedules will vary depending on method used but will occur in cold, windy, and/or snowy conditions during late winter and early spring. Nesting and brood-rearing monitoring will occur during warmer summer months when biting insects are prevalent. Thus, the ability to work variable hours, sometimes long days/nights, and work under a variety of changing field conditions throughout Minnesota’s seasons is necessary.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Knowledge of ecology and wildlife biology.
    • Ability to use standard lab and field techniques to collect biological data in the field responsibly and safely, including under challenging field conditions (cold, heat, rain, deep snow), sometimes for long days and under a varying schedule (e.g., early mornings, late nights, overnights).
    • Ability to follow written protocols.
    • Ability to carefully enter scientific data into datasheets or databases.
    • Ability to navigate in the field using maps and GPS units.
    • Communication skills sufficient to communicate technical information and record field data.
    • Ability to work effectively and courteously with DNR staff and members of the public, including private landowners and hunters.
    • Computer proficiency, including experience with word processing and Excel spreadsheets.
    • Ability to work long hours with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to operate 4WD vehicles including pick-up trucks on minimally maintained roads.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Associates or bachelor’s degree in wildlife, ecology, natural resource management, or related field.
    • Experience safely handling wild animals for marking purposes, especially birds.
    • Experience with radiotelemetry equipment, including triangulation and homing techniques.
    • Experience identifying plants common to Midwest grasslands and farmlands.
    • Experience with nest monitoring, especially game birds.
    • Experience interacting with public land managers, private landowners, and the general public. 
    • Experience with safely operating, trailering, and towing UTVs or similar equipment.
    • Experience using ArcGIS
    • Experience using Microsoft Access and Word.
    • Experience independently troubleshooting and resolving problems.
    • Experience performing field work late at night or during early morning hours.

    Physical Requirements

    Requires regularly transporting articles up to 50 lbs. maximum (e.g., bags of feed used as bait) and frequently moving objects such as heavy tools, backpacks, field equipment, and file boxes. This job requires moving to a significant degree on rough, unstable terrain for long hours. It may involve maintaining a stationary position 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:

    1. Employment Reference Check
    2. SEMA4 Records Check
    3. Criminal History Check
    4. Conflict of Interest Review
    5. Education/license verification

    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 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

    External applicants: Click on the "Search for jobs now" button on the State of Minnesota Careers webpage, then search for Job ID #60218. Once you've navigated to the job posting, click on the green "Apply for Job" button near the top right of the page to apply. 

    Internal MN DNR applicants: Search for the job posting via Employee Self-Service to apply.

    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 Tim Lyons at Timothy.Lyons@state.mn.us or 507-578-8914.



    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 careers@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance you need.



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