State Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator

Hiring Organization: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: St. Paul, MN
Application Deadline: October 15, 2018

Job Summary

This position exists to administer the Division of Forestry Urban and Community Forestry Program on a statewide level. 

Program Coordination: Develop and implement program goals, establish work and spending plans, recommend program policies/procedures, and monitor work quality and progress of forestry staff. Develop reports in one or more forestry programs and/or subprograms and/or activity areas. Provide strategic and operational input for planning and implementation of the Urban and Community Program. Coordinate program activities with stakeholders, other agencies and businesses.

Training/Continuing Education: Develop and deliver educational and informational programs/materials. Train natural resource staff in the administration and implementation of forestry programs. Educate the public in natural resources and urban forestry management methods

Administration: Participate in state wide program planning. Draft legislative proposals and special reports. Testify or brief managers to testify.


  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Science/Management (or a closely related field of academic study) from a university program accredited by the Society of American Foresters, or comparable accrediting institution, or current Society of American Foresters Certified Forester status.
    • Two years advanced level professional experience equivalent to the NR Forestry Specialist SENIOR class; plan lead staff, assign work, monitor accomplishments, administer budget, administer and implement programs, consult, interact with other resource disciplines and train and educate; OR three years intermediate level professional experience equivalent to the NR Forestry Specialist, Intermediate class.
    • Knowledge of urban forestry and/or arboriculture and its application in community settings.
    • Experience analyzing data/reports sufficient to direct the preparation of plans and monitor program accomplishments.
    • Experience administering a program sufficient to properly manage staff, budget and equipment resources; and to direct activities.
    • Training/teaching skills sufficient to convey information in classrooms and provide field demonstrations, seminars, and workshops to DNR staff, partnering resource managers and the general public.
    • Human relations/facilitation skills sufficient to direct foresters and lead personnel working in programs, build and lead successful teams, and negotiate successful resolution to complex issues.
    • Oral and written communication skills sufficient to communicate complex concepts and principals to other resource professions and the public and make effective presentations to a wide variety of audiences by identifying their level of understanding and evoking a positive response.
    • Leadership skills sufficient to build and manage teams, motivate people and obtain program commitment from division personnel and other forest managers.
    • Ability to manage a large scale, state wide program with a large budget.
    • Requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's License: 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. 
  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • Master of Science degree in Urban Forestry or related field.
    • Proficient in new/updated technologies such as USFS i-Tree software and urban tree canopy assessment technology.
    • International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist.
    • Knowledge of national Urban and Community Forestry Program standards and guidelines, including reporting requirements and tools such as the Community Accomplishment Reporting System (CARS).
    • Knowledge of Department and Division policy, procedure and operating guidelines; State of Minnesota statutes pertaining to natural resources management.
    • Successful completion of a Leadership Development Program.
    • Project management experience.
    • Lead work experience.
    • Broad range of experience with all programs administered by the Division of Forestry statewide with an emphasis on the following: Forest Health Program, Cooperative Forest Management Programs including the Urban and Community Forest Program and Private Forest Management Program.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of 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 our policy that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  • Employment Reference Check
  • SEMA4 Records Check
  • Criminal History Check
  • Education/license verification
  • Application Details

Why Work For Us

The Department of Natural Resources is 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 supportive of a diverse workplace, 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 11 paid holidays each year.

How to Apply

Click “Apply” at the bottom of this page and submit an application/resume that clearly describes how you meet the qualifications listed above. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

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If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Bobbie Donat at or fax to 218.755.4413 by the job posting close.     

If you have questions about the position, contact Gary Michael at or 651.259.5262.
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