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Seasonal Natural Resources Technician with ND Parks and Recreation Department in HQ – Bismarck, ND

Type of position Seasonal Natural Resources Technician
Employer ND Parks and Recreation Department
Location HQ – Bismarck, ND
Description of Location Headquarters is Bismarck, ND – Natural Resources Division Shop is located at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Mandan, ND with fieldwork located in all ND State Parks.
Salary $17-$18/hour
Benefits Hourly wage plus perdiem
Closing date of competition April 1, 2024
Date position available April 15, 2024
Description of duties

Summary of Work

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to tree and shrub planting and maintenance; restoration seeding; calibration of herbicide application equipment; safely applying herbicide spray mixtures to targeted vegetation; operating ATVs, pickups, and tractors with spray delivery systems, backpack sprayers; operating chainsaws and use of small hand tools for mechanical removal of noxious and invasive plant species. The technician will be required to attend training and safety sessions. Maintain detailed daily activity records and pesticide application records.

Will be responsible for performing tasks associated with maintaining state parks’ natural resources. The work will focus on noxious weed control, but tasks may also include invasive species control, tree/shrub planting and maintenance, restoration seeding, and trail maintenance.

Working environments vary considerably in this occupation. Technicians will work in outdoors in all weather conditions. Field operations will be based out of ND Parks and Recreation headquarters, but the position requires travel around the state to several state parks during the field season with overnight stays. Hours of work will vary, with no weekend work.

Qualifications sought

Minimum Qualifications

  • Studies in natural resource management, agriculture, or related field
  • Ability to operate and maintain equipment such as chain saws and sprayers.
  • Willing to obtain a commercial applicator’s pesticide certification.
  • Two years of ATV/Side-by-Side use
  • Driver’s license

Experience in the operation and maintenance of ATVs and side-by-side utility vehicles. Experience in or studies in natural resource management, wildlife biology, ecology, forestry, agriculture, or related field of study.  Relevant experience may be considered in place of education. Must have or the ability to obtain a commercial applicator’s pesticide certification. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Must be self-motivated with the ability to effectively apply knowledge and common sense to solve problems and or achieve work objectives. Knowledge of plant identification is preferable. Ability to follow written and oral instructions, work without supervision daily, and work outdoors in hot, cold, rainy, and windy weather conditions.

Willingness to travel within North Dakota with overnight stays. Lodging/living facilities are available to Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park employees in Mandan, ND.  Meals and lodging while the employee is away from their normal working and living residence will be provided based on state reimbursement rates.

On-The-Job Training

  • Commercial Applicators Licence testing- NDSU Pesticide Certification 
  • GIS Collector/Quick Capture: pre, field, and post-mapping instruction
  • ATV safety training
  • Noxious Weed Spraying/Calibration Training Spray School
  • General maintenance and repair of XUV and sprayer training
  • NWCG Wildland Fire Training and Certification – Online
Contact for additional information Kathy Duttenhefner
[email protected]
Application procedure  
Submit what Application Procedures

All applications for open North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department positions must be made online through the state of North Dakota’s Job Seekers website.

Paper submissions will no longer be accepted. Application information package must be submitted online by 11:59 PM on the closing date listed on the job posting.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The Parks & Recreation Department regrets it does not provide Sponsorships.

Application must clearly explain the experience in previous employment positions held if applicable.

Additional documents to be submitted:

Three (3) references.
Applicants who experience difficulties during the application process should contact [email protected] or 701-328-3290.

Applicants are screened based on qualifications, successful completion of the interview process and a possible background and criminal investigation so it is very important to be thorough and detailed on all the application sections.

Applicants should contact Lynn Spomer at 701-328-5357 or [email protected] in advance of the position closing date if the applicant is requiring accommodations during the application, recruitment, or selection processes.

TTY users may use Relay North Dakota at 711 or 1-800-366-6888.

Learn more about Parks & Recreation Department at: http://www.parkrec.nd.gov

Learn more about Employment Benefits at: https://www.nd.gov/omb/public/careers/team-nd-benefits

Visit North Dakota State government: http://www.nd.gov

Submit to All applications for open North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department positions must be made online through the state of North Dakota’s Job Seekers website.
Additional Information Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age, or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.