Job Opportunity: Interpretive Naturalist Supervisor, Minnesota

Mar 15, 2022

Minnesota DNR is currently seeking to fill an Assistant Cave Supervisor for Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. This position exists to assist with the supervision of interpretive services and the management of interpretive facilities at Forestville/Mystery Cave and Lake Louise state parks.

Job Details


Job Class: Interpretive Naturalist Supervisor 1

Working Title: Assistant Cave Supervisor

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 03/15/2022
  • Closing Date: 04/11/2022
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Natural Resources Dept / Natural Resource-MMA
  • Division/Unit: DNR Parks & Trails Reg 3 / PAT-R3 Forestville CaveStaff
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Rotating Shift
  • Days of Work: Friday-Tuesday
  • Travel Required: Occasionally
  • Salary Range: $23.75 - $34.48/hourly; $49,590 - $71,994/annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Employment Condition: Unlimited, Full-Time
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 216 - Middle Management Association/MMA
  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary


The DNR is currently seeking to fill an Assistant Cave Supervisor for Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. This position exists to assist with the supervision of interpretive services and the management of interpretive facilities at Forestville/Mystery Cave and Lake Louise state parks.

This position leads and implements welcoming and inclusive interpretive, environmental education, and information services to:

  • Enhance the public's awareness, appreciation and understanding of natural, cultural and recreational resources;
  • Foster resource stewardship; and
  • Inform the public about the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) programs and current environmental issues.

This position implements the programs, policies, plans and procedures of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Parks and Trails Division (PAT) and the Interpretive Services Program.

This position also supports cave development and restoration, resource management, and management of recreation and research uses in remote areas of the cave. Primarily in late fall to early spring, outside of cave-specific operations, this position will be responsible for operational tasks in coordination with other supervisors at Forestville/Mystery Cave and Lake Louise state parks.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervise and support interpretive program staff and volunteers in order to enable safe, efficient and meaningful interpretive services and operations. Collaborate with cave supervisor to administer interpretive operations including cave tours, programs, and special events.
  • Perform administrative planning and operations to ensure orderly and efficient unit-level interpretive services. Assist with development, rehabilitation, and maintenance (as communicated by cave and park supervisors) of the Mystery Cave infrastructure (physical plant) and interpretive facilities and equipment so that facilities remain safe and functional, that resources are protected and that interpretive activities can be presented.
  • Assist with implementing a safety and emergency response program for cave visitors and staff so that hazards are minimized, accidents are prevented, and a clear course of emergency action is followed.
  • Assist with implementing the resource management activities for the park's caves including administration of wild caving so that diverse cave resources are protected or enhanced. Assist with other park resource management activities.
  • Assist with a public relations program for the park’s resources and interpretive services programs.
  • Develop and present interpretive activities.
  • Conduct enforcement, emergency, visitor activities.
  • Collaborate on planning, policy development, program administration and fiscal management.
  • Conduct other duties as assigned.



Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in environmental education and interpretation OR one of the physical sciences such as ecology, zoology, botany, geology OR a cultural resource-focused degree such as Indigenous Studies, history, anthropology, archeology OR parks and recreation management OR an equivalent.

AND Two years of professional experience that includes responsibilities for developing and conducting natural and/or cultural resource interpretive programs and services.
Other minimum qualifications include

  • Advanced oral communication skills to present information on environmental and cultural values, facts and theories, in a clear and understandable manner to diverse individuals and groups.
  • Writing skills sufficient to develop materials compile reports and write interesting and educational newspaper articles.
  • Advanced human relations skills sufficient to coach and mentor staff.
  • Experience in public speaking, interpersonal communication, interpretation or education.
  • Understanding of interpretive techniques including the ability to assess audiences and the effectiveness of interpretive media.
  • Skills in historical, cultural and natural resource research and literature search techniques.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and uphold the culture of respect.
  • Interpretive skills to create relevant and provoking interpretive themes; assess training needs of interpretive staff; plan and conduct interpretive trainings; develop, present and evaluate interpretive programs.
  • Ability to use mechanical equipment and a variety of tools to maintain facility.
  • Physical and mental ability to access remote areas of the 13-mile cave system including ability to stoop walk, crawl, climb and chimney through rugged terrain.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Para-professional leadwork in a natural resources agency or organization.
  • Natural Resources work experience in a natural resource agency (federal, state or regional) in a park or trail setting that includes natural resource management.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pounds maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Ability to enter a cave and travel through passages that are sometimes tight, have exposed traverses, and can be muddy and wet. Ability to crawl, kneel, stoop walk while in a cave.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

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

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.

Our goal as an employer is to actively recruit, welcome and support a workforce, which is diverse and inclusive of people who are underrepresented in the development of State of Minnesota policies, programs and practices, so that we can support the success and growth of all people.

We are 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 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.

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

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