Forestry Careers

photograph of Pine TreesDo you want to work for the best state forestry organization in the country? If you do, DNR Forestry is where you want to be. We offer variety, challenge, and the opportunity to grow and develop as a forestry professional.

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Division of Forestry

  • employment: approximately 380 employees
  • budget: approximately $32 million
  • six Major Programs:
    • state land management: 5 million acres of state forest land managed
    • resource protection (wildfire): 45 million acres protected
    • cooperative forest management: 16.7 million acres served
    • resource information and analysis: Forest Inventory Module
    • tree nursery and tree improvement: 10 million trees grown annually
    • administration and technical support: Financial, Information Systems, Human Resources, Planning, and Public Information & Education

What we do:
photograph of forester taking core sample

  • work with the people of Minnesota to manage the state's diverse forests, waters, and other natural resources for a sustainable quality of life
  • protect the environment and help develop and sustain the Minnesota economy
  • protect and preserve complex forest ecosystems
  • plan for and manage the growth, development, protection, and utilization of one of Minnesota's premier renewable resources—trees
  • organize for wildfire suppression to help ensure that damage to lives, property, and forest resources is minimized
  • develop habitat in forested areas to benefit both game and nongame wildlife
  • plan for the inventory of forest resources for long- and short-range planning purposes
  • assist private woodland owners with the stewardship of their natural resources


Why work for DNR Forestry?

photograph lighting a controlled burnVariety


  • the opportunity to grow and develop as a forestry professional in one of the best forestry organizations in the country


  • ever-increasing demands on forested land

Career Opportunity, Growth, and Advancement

Employment Opportunities

photograph of forester writingNatural Resources Forestry Specialist—work will be in the following program areas: State Land Management, Resource Protection and Fire Suppression, Cooperative Forest Management, Forest Resource Information and Analysis, Nursery and Tree Improvement, and Administrative and Technical Support.

Minimum entry-level requirements:

  • bachelor of science degree in forestry or a closely related field of study from a baccalaureate-level program accredited by the Society of American Foresters or a comparable accrediting institution.

Benefits start at:

  • Vacation—13 days per year
  • Sick Leave—13 days per year
  • Holidays—10 days per year
  • Salary—$16.41 to $23.74 per hour or $34,264 to $49,569 per year
  • Health insurance
  • Deferred compensation
  • Retirement plans
  • Life insurance
  • Continuing education and training

Application process:

Apply online at external link

1. Search for position

2. Apply for position

  • Choose "My state job search" and create an account.
  • Submit your resume.
  • Go to job listing and apply for job.

Any questions, please contact:

Keith Jacobson
1200 Warner Road,
St. Paul MN 55106
Phone: 651-259-5830


Minnesota DNR offers excellent opportunities to grow and develop as a professional forester.