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(USA-MN-Marshall) Trainee-NR Specialist (CO)

Dawson, MN | Posted 2 months ago

**Working Title: Trainee-NR Specialist (CO)** **Job Class: Trainee-Natural Resources Specialist Conservation Officer** **Agency: MN Department of Natural Resources** + **Who May Apply** : Open to all qualified job seekers + **Date Posted** : 03/01/2024 + **Closing Date** : 03/29/2024 + **Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit** : Department of Natural Resources + **Division/Unit** : DNR Enforcement Trainee Program + **Salary Range:** $24.97 + **Classified Status** : Non-Status + **Bargaining Unit/Union** : 221 - Commissioner's Plan/Excluded All Others/Unrep + **FLSA Status:** Nonexempt + **Telework Eligible** : No + Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities ( : No **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. The Conservation Officer Trainee program (CO Prep) ( is designed for applicants who have a 2 or 4 year degree in any discipline and want to become a Conservation Officer. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will provide CO Prep candidates with the educational requirements necessary to take the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) exam, required to become a licensed peace officer. Candidates must pass the P.O.S.T. exam to be eligible for permanent employment as a Conservation Officer. Being a Conservation Officer (CO) is not just a rewarding career, it's an opportunity to make a difference by protecting Minnesota's natural resources and the people that use them. As a CO Prep participant you receive an hourly rate of pay, paid tuition and books to attend school to earn a Minnesota Peace Officer License. NOTE: This is a general announcement for recruitment of Conservation Officer Trainee candidates. The Division of Enforcement anticipates holding an academy in the spring of 2024. + If you are currently Minnesota P.O.S.T. Board licensed, eligible for licensure or will be license eligible prior to June 3, 2024, you are not qualified to participate in this program. Please apply to the Traditional Conservation Officer posting which will be posted in August 2024. + If you are eligible for military reciprocity or out-of-state reciprocity ( P.O.S.T licensure, please apply to the Traditional Conservation Officer posting which will be posted in August 2024. Conservation Officers work to ensure public safety and compliance with state game and fish, recreational vehicle, and natural resource commercial operation laws. Responsibilities include law enforcement, public safety, and education in the following areas: hunting and fishing seasons, methods of taking animals and fish, possession limits, public safety, especially where it concerns alcohol use while hunting or operating recreational vehicles and watercraft, commercial use and possession of natural resources and products, the protection of the state's land, air, and water, and youth and adult safety training and hunter education classes. Conservation Officers work variable hours to meet the seasonal needs in their assigned patrol areas and often work from a 4x4 patrol vehicle, a snowmobile, ATV, or from various watercraft. Conservation Officers are expected to work nights, weekends, holidays and game and fish season openers. In the selection process, preference will be given to protected group applicants, veterans, individuals who are fluent in a language of the diverse communities of Minnesota, some examples include: Spanish, Karen, Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali, or American Sign Language (ASL). Selected candidates will receive approximately 22 weeks of general law enforcement classroom training at Hennepin Technical College fulfilling the requirements to become eligible for hire under the Peace Officers Standard and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board criteria. Upon completion you will attend a 15 week training academy at Camp Ripley in Little Falls, Minnesota where you will be expected to live onsite Monday through Friday. Following the 15 week training academy, successful candidates are then required to complete 16 weeks of field training where you will work closely with an experienced Conservation Officer. Candidates must be able to complete both the law enforcement training at Hennepin Technical College and the Conservation Officer Academy at Camp Ripley, in person, during the designated timelines to be considered for this position. **Minimum Qualifications** Must possess an Associate's or Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university or will have earned an Associate's or Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university by June 3, 2024. Verify accreditation on the U.S. Department of Education ( website or with the registrar's office at your school. Must continually strive to meet acceptable standards of behavioral competencies including but not limited to: being courageous in the face of adversity, demonstrating high levels of integrity and initiative, possessing a focus on the community / customer and respect for diversity, and displaying empathy and compassion for others. Interest in outdoor recreation activities such as hunting, fishing, trapping, ATV trail riding, snowmobiling, water recreation, etc. Ability and willingness to carry out the responsibilities of a licensed Peace Officer while performing the job in adverse weather and other environmental conditions and to work unusual, varying shifts including nights, weekends and holidays. Ability to maintain self-control and respond quickly and appropriately to crisis and emergency situations. Ability to enforce state and federal laws and assist any person whose safety or property is threatened. At times, must act immediately to protect the personal safety of another or apprehend persons suspected of committing crimes. Must be able to perform all duties with courtesy and professionalism in order to achieve and maintain the trust and respect of the public and fellow officers up to and including subduing a suspect using force as authorized by law. Must be prepared to use deadly force when justified. Ability to clearly and accurately observe and record information, read, analyze, interpret and communicate information; detect and analyze information based on sight, smell, sound, etc. Must be able to act with or without direct supervision and exercise good discretion and judgement while working independently or as a team. Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with both internal and external customers. Reading comprehension skill sufficient to interpret law, statutes, etc. Oral and written communications skills sufficient to clearly, concisely and effectively communicate in English legal and non-legal information to various people/audiences. No felony or gross misdemeanor conviction in Minnesota or crime in any other state or federal jurisdiction which would have been a felony if committed in Minnesota. No other criminal convictions involving serious natural resource violations, crimes involving moral turpitude or two or more alcohol related driving violations for the past ten years. No DWI, reckless or careless driving, or other serious driving violations within the last five years. Candidates must pass the general written exam to be admitted to other portions of the exam/selection process. **Preferred Qualifications** Must be fluent in the Karen Language sufficient to liaise and improve communications between Minnesota’s Karen community and the DNR so the Karen community is better informed about conservation issues, DNR rules and regulations, and the outdoor activities/resources available to them. Post-secondary degree or emphasis in a Natural Resources related field. Participation in a natural resources related internship. Participation as a volunteer at the Conservation Officer Academy. DNR Volunteer Safety Education Instructor. Certified Trail Ambassador. Fluent in a second language sufficient to provide support to the diverse communities of Minnesota. **Additional Requirements** Requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's License with a clear driving record - 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. 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. Applicants must have the ability to meet the physical requirements and work in the environmental conditions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations. Other portions of the process will include: oral interviews and completion of a comprehensive background investigation. Final job offers will be based on passing a medical evaluation, functional capacity exam and psychological evaluation. Candidates must not have been disqualified from a previous Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer background investigation within the past 60 months. Please review the disqualification criteria information ( carefully. You must meet the minimum selection standards before being appointed to a peace officer position under Minnesota Administrative Rule 6700.0700 ( . AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. Reasonable accommodations will be made 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 [email protected] . Please indicate what assistance is needed.

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