Company: Society for Conservation Biology
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: February 21, 2021
Salary $48.20 - $69.06 /hourly; $100,642 - $144,197 /annually
Posted Feb 05, 2021 Closes Feb 16, 2021 Ref Director of Ecological
and Water Resources Div. Job Summary
Note: This is an appointed position that serves at the pleasure of
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking an
experienced executive to lead its Division of Ecological and Water
Resources. The Minnesota DNR is a national leader in innovative,
science-based management as it pursues its three-part mission of
conservation, recreation, and sustainable economic use of state
resources on behalf of all Minnesotans.
The Director of the Ecological and Water Resources Division serves
as part of the Commissioner's Senior Management Team, advancing
DNR's mission and strategic priorities. These priorities include
connecting people to the outdoors, mitigating and adapting to
climate change, and embedding consideration of ecosystem benefits
in our work and decisions.
It is the vision of the Ecological and Water Resources Division to
have healthy lands and waters throughout Minnesota. To accomplish
this vision and DNR's strategic priorities, the Division protects
and manages Minnesota's water and--ecological resources; provides
education and regulatory oversight to businesses, state and local
governments, and landowners; and promotes the diversity of the
state's ecological systems. The Division includes 38 distinct
programs covering a wide range of scientific, management, and
regulatory activities, including: Scientific and Natural Areas,
invasive species, wetlands, nongame wildlife, rare resources,
native plant ecology, regulation of water appropriations and work
in public waters, land use and floodplain management, environmental
review, dam safety, water monitoring and research, stream habitat
restoration, clean water coordination and collaboration, biological
surveys, and climatology. The Division has a workforce of over 400
employees and a biennial budget of approximately $150 million.
The role of the Director, in conjunction with the DNR
Commissioner's Office, is to:
--- Develop and implement goals, policies and programs to
effectively manage ecological and water resources for the people of
--- Ensure that a scientifically sound, integrated ecosystem
resource management approach is used in all programs operated by
--- Serve as the executive leader for the Division in supporting
efficient and effective budgeting and accounting functions; human
resources hiring and development processes; facility and capital
equipment support; land asset management; and cross-discipline
--- Promote the advancement of DNR's commitment to diversity,
equity, and inclusion, both in the internal management of the
Division as well as in the Division's external facing work.
--- Serve as a member of the DNR's Senior Management Team to
provide collaborative and coordinated leadership of DNR
--- Develop and implement a Division structure that executes at a
high level, working within broader department goals, and as part of
a collaborative One DNR approach with other DNR divisions.
--- In conjunction with the Commissioner's Office, direct the
legislative processes affecting the Division, including developing
and presenting proposals for statutory changes and funding
requirements, testifying on other aspects of the Division's work,
and working with individual legislators.
--- Incorporate proactive and strategic communications that connect
DNR's work to existing and new audiences using appropriate media
platforms and approaches. Support efforts to expand DNR
communications to reach wider audiences.
--- Serve as the DNR liaison with other states, the federal
government, and Minnesota Native American Bands on management of
ecological and water resources.
--- Represent the DNR on ecological and water issues to external
stakeholders, including conservation organizations, local
government, businesses, farmers and other private landowners, and
visitors to Minnesota's natural resources.
Qualified candidates will have successfully managed a large,
complex organization and set and implemented a vision and strategic
direction. Additional requirements include a proven track record in
negotiation, facilitation and collaboration across diverse interest
groups; understanding of and ability to work effectively within
legislative and executive branch processes, particularly at the
state level; excellent communication skills, including experience
in public speaking; and the ability to effectively participate as a
member of an executive level team providing organizational
perspective on relevant issues. Qualified candidates must have
technical knowledge and skills in the management of environment
issues, including water, sufficient to evaluate programs and
policies promulgated by the Division.
Physical Requirements:--Requires occasionally lifting and/or
carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools.
Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting,
a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in
carrying out job duties.
This position requires successful completion of the following:
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
1. Criminal history check
2. Employment Reference checks
3. SEMA4 Record check Society for Conservation Biology
1133 15th St. NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005, USA
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