Interested in working for the MN DNR?

How to apply

  • Many DNR jobs are filled through Recruiting Solutions, a software used to collect applications and identify qualified candidates. To be considered for DNR jobs, and jobs in other state agencies, go to the State's Career Website and follow on-line directions to create an account an submit your application. This account will allow you to apply for specific jobs electronically. Applicants may edit their applications,  upload additional and apply to jobs at the State at any time.
  • To see current job openings online go to the State's Career Website. (Note: To find current DNR job openings, select "Natural Resources Dept" in the Department section.) If you are interested in the position, click on the job details section to learn more.  If you have the required qualifications, refer to the information in the job posting regarding how to apply or what additional information may be needed. You may be asked to respond to questions in order to complete the application process.  These questions are used to identify whether or not applicants meet specific qualifications. If the job posting indicates that you need to provide more information (e.g., transcript, resume, and questionnaire) or pass an exam (e.g., written, oral, demonstration,) it is important that you follow all of the instructions provided in the announcement. All vacancies are filled in accord with applicable union contract provisions. This means some jobs listed may not be available to all candidates until we meet our contractual requirements. However, to expedite filling DNR jobs, we will generally post jobs to comply with applicable union contracts at the same time we post to accept applications from all other applicants.

Beyond the application
Other steps in getting a job with the DNR may include one or more of the following:

  • Written test - If the job requires job candidates to pass a written test, the test will be given before or after the interview.
  • Oral exam - If the job requires candidates to take an oral exam, candidates will be required to pass the exam to be considered for a vacancy.
  • Interview - For most professional jobs, there will be an interview with a panel of three to five interviewers who ask the same questions of each job candidate. Sometimes there is a one-on-one interview with position finalists.
  • Background check - All job offers to persons that are not currently employed by the DNR will be conditional based on successful completion of a criminal background check. Current DNR employees may need to successfully complete a criminal background check prior to appointment to certain jobs.
  • Motor vehicle record check- If the job requires driving responsibilities, a motor vehicle record check will be completed.
  • Drug test- For positions that require a commercial driver’s license, applicants will be subject to pre-employment and random drug screenings.
  • Physical/psychological exam - If a job requires job candidates to undergo a physical or psychological exam, these would be part of a conditional job offer.

On the job

  • Benefits - The State of Minnesota offers a competitive benefits package for all employees.
  • Union - The DNR has five different bargaining units (unions) and two administrative plans that cover the terms and conditions of employment. 
  • Salaries - Salaries for State of Minnesota employees are generally negotiated on a biennial basis by each of the unions. Information on salary progression is listed in the various union contracts and plans.

For more information, please visit the Minnesota Management and Budget Web site

DNR is an equal opportunity employer