Pollinator Conservation Coordinator

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Work Location: St. Paul 
Who May Apply:  Open to all qualified job seekers
Salary Range: $26.30 – $38.75/hourly; $54,914 – $80,910/annually

Job Summary

This is a Temporary Unclassified position with an anticipated end date of 09/30/2021. Depending on future funding this position could be converted to a permanent classified position.

This position exists to provide science-based information on ecological processes, range of natural variation, and ecological approaches to be integrated into planning, management and conservation of native terrestrial invertebrates. The position provides technical guidance on the distribution, ecology and current conditions of native terrestrial invertebrates and associated native plants and habitats needed to achieve sustainable management and protection of native terrestrial invertebrates in MN.  Examples of strategic priorities that will guide the position are: EWR Strategic Plan, DNR Pollinator Conservation Plan, Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy, Minnesota’s Wildlife Action Plan, Minnesota Biological Survey Strategic Plan and the Strategic Acquisition Plan for the Scientific and Natural Areas Program.

 Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with members of the DNR pollinator team to complete the draft DNR Native Pollinator Action Plan.  Coordinate department-wide, implementation of the priorities from the Native Pollinator Action Plan.
  • Coordinate implementation of monarch conservation efforts on DNR and other protected lands, as described in the Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy.
  • Coordinate DNR’s participation on the Interagency Pollinator Protection Team (IPPT).
  • 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 conservation strategies and actions focused on terrestrial invertebrates.
  • Work with DNR terrestrial invertebrate experts, outreach staff, and external partners to promote pollinator conservation to the public.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in entomology, ecology, zoology, or closely-related field. 
  • Three years professional experience coordinating large programs or projects, including planning and facilitating partnership meetings.   
  • Experience with, or an educational focus on terrestrial invertebrates, particularly pollinator species.
  • Experience in the management of conservation lands (manage, enhance or restore habitat) or working with conservation land managers (i.e. applied ecology). 
  • Ability to assemble, analyze, interpret data, and apply knowledge to project activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to use GIS, Arc Map and statistical analysis software.
  • Proficient in the use of word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet software such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate scientific and technical concepts concerning terrestrial invertebrate conservation both verbally and in writing to appropriate audiences.
  • Advanced human relations skills and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in entomology, ecology, zoology, or closely-related field.
  • Knowledge of DNR programs, policies and procedures.
  • Training in facilitation and project management.
  • Experience writing and/or implementing conservation plans that include long-term goals, objectives, monitoring and multiple partners.
  • Experience working with diverse groups including state, county, local, tribal, federal agency, and conservation organizations.


  1. Log onto the Minnesota Careers website at  mn.gov/careers
  2. Enter job id “36469” in the Keyword field on the Job Search Page
  3. Click the apply button to submit your application

Contact : If you have questions about the position, contact Jane Norris at jane.norris@state.mn.us or 651-259-5228.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages participation in all its programs, services and activities and does not discriminate against qualified applicants with disabilities.   Anyone who believes they may need a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in the job application, interview or selection processes may contact any agency official with whom applicant has contact in the processing of their employment application to request an accommodation.  Applicants may also contact the DNR’s Affirmative Action office to request an accommodation by:  E-mail: ADAdiversity.DNR@state.mn.us or by calling Sarah Spence-Koivisto at 651-259-5016; or using MN Relay 711.