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State of Minnesota Safety Administrator in Bemidji, Minnesota

Working Title: Safety Administrator

Job Class: Safety Administrator

Agency: MN Department of Natural Resources

  • Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted : 05/24/2023

  • Closing Date : 06/22/2023

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Department of Natural Resources

  • Division/Unit : DNR OSD Region 1 / OSD MR Region 1 Staff

  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift

  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday

  • Travel Required : Yes

  • Salary Range: $31.00 - $45.98 / hourly; $64,728 - $96,006 / annually

  • Classified Status : Classified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE

  • FLSA Status : Exempt - Administrative

  • Telework Eligible : Yes

  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities (https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/diverse-workforce/people-with-disabilities/connect700/) : Yes

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.

At the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), we provide outdoor recreation activities and manage 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. If you have a strong safety background and skills to offer, we invite you to apply for this key regional position.

The DNR is currently seeking a Safety Administrator in Bemidji, MN. The Safety Administrator is responsible to develop, implement, monitor, and direct safety and health programs for the DNR. The position plans, develops, and conducts safety and health training for DNR employees to prevent injuries, accidents, and equipment damages. The position provides professional and technical assistance to DNR employees to ensure safety and health standards are met and maintained according to federal and state standards, rules, and regulations.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Develop, implement, and monitor DNR‘s safety and health programs.

  2. Plan, develop, and implement a comprehensive safety and health training program for DNR employees.

  3. Serve as a technical resource advisor on safety, health, and environmental issues, and interpret laws, standards, policies, rules, etc. relative to the safety and health of employees.

  4. Investigate and evaluate DNR employee injuries, illnesses, near miss incidents, and equipment damage to identify and initiate preventative measures.

  5. Manage and coordinate hazardous materials used in the DNR, ensuring security and proper storage, transportation, use, and disposal of these items is maintained.

  6. Serve as the Safety Officer during DNR emergency response efforts.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor‘s degree in Occupational Safety and Health, Environmental Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene, or closely related field.

  • Three (3) years of related professional-level work experience in the field of occupational safety and health.

  • Thorough knowledge of federal and state occupational safety and health rules and regulations, ergonomics, techniques of injury prevention, and hazard training.

  • Experience in conducting and developing safety training.

  • Leadership skills sufficient to effectively facilitate meetings and bring groups and committees to productive and solutions-focused conclusions.

  • Demonstrated ability to identify occupational safety and health problems and to develop, support, and implement solutions.

  • Written and oral communication skills, including preparing and leading discussions and presentations with varied audiences.

  • Computer skills including knowledge of software systems such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), and safety and industrial hygiene related instrumentation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master‘s degree in Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, or other closely related field.

  • Certified Safety Professional certification.

  • Experience working in a field environment which includes field stations, mechanic shops, and office settings.

  • Experience in developing and implementing occupational safety, health, and environmental programs.

Physical Requirements

Medium Work - Occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound bags 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 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:

  • Employment Reference Check

  • SEMA4 Records Check

  • Criminal History Check

  • Conflict of Interest Review

  • Education/license verification


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 careers@state.mn.us . Please indicate what assistance is needed.