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Dakota Relations Liaison - Planner Principal State

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Location: New Ulm, Minnesota
Type: Part-Time, Remote
Posted on: March 17, 2024
Dakota Relations Liaison - Planner Principal State
Working Title: Dakota Relations Liaison
Job Class: Planner Principal State
Agency: MN Department of Natural Resources
• Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
• Date Posted: 03/12/2024
• Closing Date: 04/01/2024
• Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources
• Division/Unit: Commissioner's Office / Tribal Relations
• Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
• Days of Work: Monday - Friday
• Travel Required: Yes
• Salary Range: $30.55 - $45.02 / hourly; $63,788 - $94,001 / annually
• Classified Status: Classified
• Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Association of Professional Employees/MAPE
• FLSA Status: Exempt - Administrative
• Telework Eligible: Yes
• Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: 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.
This position exists to develop and implement an interdisciplinary planning program to work with Dakota Tribal governments, under the supervision of the Director of Tribal Relations.
The position coordinates implementation of the DNR's department-wide priorities for DNR's Tribal Relations planning (e.g., long range, strategic resource management). It manages and provides integrated resource management connections for Tribal planning efforts as developed by DNR’s seven divisions and four regions. This position also provides technical assistance, facilitation, and project management for the Tribal Relations Work Team.
Responsibilities include:
• Conduct planning and manage projects to advance DNR’s strategic priority to undertake formal consultation and coordination with Tribal governments, especially Dakota governments.
• Analyze engagements with Dakota Tribal governments and propose agency actions to address necessary improvements, including short-term actions and long-term projects.
• Produce, maintain, and distribute expert information and key records to DNR staff for greater understanding of Dakota Tribal governments, treaties, and legal agreements.
The preferred work location for the selected candidate is New Ulm. The selected candidate may have the option to report to other existing DNR offices. The specific location will be agreed upon at time of selection. This position has a flexible work arrangement and may be eligible to telework on a part-time basis which is subject to change. If approved, the employee would be required to complete a telework agreement. This position will require reporting to the primary work location on a regular basis.
Minimum Qualifications
• Four (4) years’ experience in Tribal History, Tribal Administration, Tribal Law, and/or Tribal Natural Resources/Resource Management/Environment.
• Advanced knowledge in the history of Tribal governments with state and federal governments.
• Knowledge of the history, culture, and governing structures of Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Prairie Island Indian Community, Lower Sioux Community, and Upper Sioux Community.
• Knowledge of the history of natural resources in Minnesota, and how different parties have seen and relate to those natural resources, including a grounding in both traditional ecological perspectives and Tribal government perspectives.
• Interpersonal and human relations skills sufficient to establish ongoing effective, positive, trusting, and professional relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
• Facilitation, planning, conflict management, and leadership skills sufficient to bring together diverse perspectives and accomplish conservation objectives, even in contentious environments.
• Excellent communication skills sufficient to develop, prepare, and present information in a coherent, objective, and technically sound manner to diverse stakeholders.
• Project management skills sufficient to manage many concurrent activities, coordinate and organize the work of others, identify critical paths, perform project risk assessments, and identify, define, sequence, prioritize, schedule, and assign resources.
Preferred Qualifications
• Broad understanding of the DNR mission, divisions programs and services.
• Knowledge of government organizations functions, and relationships.
• Dakota preference.
Additional Requirements
This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s license with a clear driving record.
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. The background check may consist of the following components:
• Conflict of Interest Review
• Criminal History Check
• Education Verification
• Employment Reference / Records Check
• License / Certification Verification
How To Apply
Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email For additional information about the application process, go to
If you have questions about the position, contact Bradley Harrington at or 320-515-0688.
If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to assist with the application process, please contact the ADA Coordinator at To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Chelsie Fisher at
Why Work for Us
Diverse Workforce
We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.
A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
• 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission
• 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
• 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
• 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule
Comprehensive Benefits
Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
• Public pension plan
• Training and professional development
• Paid vacation and sick leave
• 11 paid holidays each year
• Paid parental leave
• Low-cost medical and dental coverage
• Prescription drug coverage
• Vision coverage
• Wellness programs and resources
• Employer paid life insurance
• Short-term and long-term disability
• Health care spending and savings accounts
• Dependent care spending account
• Tax-deferred compensation
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Tuition reimbursement
• Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.
Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.
We will make reasonable accommodations 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 and indicate what assistance is needed.
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