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State of Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program Grant Coordinator - Natural Resources Program Coordinator in St. Paul, Minnesota

Working Title: Nongame Wildlife Program Grant Coordinator

Job Class: Natural Resources Program Coordinator

Agency: MN Department of Natural Resources

  • Job ID : 78110

  • Location : St. Paul

  • Telework Eligible : Yes

  • Full/Part Time : Full-Time

  • Regular/Temporary : Unlimited

  • Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted : 7/10/2024

  • Closing Date : 7/30/2024

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Department of Natural Resources

  • Division/Unit : Ecological & Water Resources

  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift

  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday

  • Travel Required : No

  • Salary Range: $31.92 - $47.05 / hourly; $66,648 - $98,240 / annually

  • Classified Status : Classified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 214 - MN Association of Professional Employees / MAPE

  • FLSA Status : Exempt - Professional

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

The work you'll do is more than just a job.

At the State of Minnesota, employees play a critical role in developing policies, providing essential services, and working to improve the well-being and quality of life for all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota is committed to equity and inclusion, and invests in employees by providing benefits, support resources, and training and development opportunities.

The purpose of this position is to support the conservation and recovery of wildlife Species in Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) by working on a team to secure funding and collaboratively implement, monitor, and revise the MN Wildlife Action Plan. The primary focus of this position will be securing, managing, tracking and reporting on state and federal funding for implementation of the MN Wildlife Action Plan and Endangered Species recovery. Leadership and administration for the plan resides in the Nongame Wildlife Unit within the Division of Ecological and Water Resources. The successful candidate will bring grant/fiscal management and implementation tracking skills and abilities to the existing Wildlife Action Plan team. Team members participate in prioritization/work planning, evaluation of outcomes, assist with survey and habitat management activities, and coordination with other agencies and organizations (including the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies).

Responsibilities include:

  • Federal Grant Administration: Administer federal grants (such as State Wildlife and Endangered Species) available through the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) aimed at supporting the conservation of rare species.

  • Non-Federal Grant Administration: Administer non-federal grants (LCCMR, Outdoor Heritage, other) targeted to conservation of rare species and their habitat.

  • Wildlife Action Plan Implementation Team Member: Collaborate with other team members to effectively implement strategies and actions outlined in the Wildlife Action Plan. Within the team, take the lead for tracking planned, funded, and accomplished work.

This position may be eligible to telework on a full or part-time basis which is subject to change. If approved, the employee would be required to complete an annual telework agreement.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in ecology, conservation biology, botany, zoology, or a closely related field.

  • Three years of professional experience in natural resources management or researching the population and habitats of wildlife. Experience must include rare species, designing and implementing biological assessments, and evaluating measurable outcomes.

  • Knowledge of plant and animal taxonomy and the ecological life cycles and relationships of living organisms sufficient to review and comment on wildlife grant proposals and reports.

  • Knowledge of federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures as they relate to federal grant programs.

  • Financial management skills sufficient to develop and interpret financial reports and track multiple financial accounts simultaneously.

  • Experience preparing budgets, work plans, and other planning and fiscal documents.

  • Technical writing skills sufficient to summarize progress, create reports, and edit reports prepared by other staff.

  • Written and oral communication skills sufficient to speak or write to individuals, groups, agencies, and organizations.

  • Proficient in the use of word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet software such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

  • Skill in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) sufficient to apply GIS technology within project tracking databases.

  • Ability to prioritize work, make work assignments, manage work schedules and monitor progress to ensure proper completion of tasks.

  • Advanced human relations skills and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others from a variety of disciplines.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Biology, Botany, Zoology, or a closely related field.

  • Knowledge of Federal Assistance programs (State Wildlife Grants, Endangered Species, Office of Conservation Investment) and enacted Federal Assistance rules, regulations and guidelines.

  • Experience in data management and data governance.

  • Experience writing grant proposals.

  • Experience in writing technical reports for state and federal agencies.

Additional Requirements

Applicants must have the ability to meet the physical requirements and work in the environmental conditions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations.

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.

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.