Overview

Position Description:
The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc. (MVT) is hiring two full-time, two-year
paid Conservation Biology Apprentices on the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge)
and Wetland Management District (WMD). Working in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (USFWS), these apprentices are part of our shared commitment to mentor the next
generation of conservation professionals.
Over the two years of these positions, apprentices will learn what it is like to manage, restore, and
protect vital natural resources. Individuals selected will be employees of MVT, a nonprofit
conservation organization based in the Twin Cities. The apprentices will primarily work alongside
and under the daily supervision of USFWS biologists on the Refuge and WMD.

The Refuge is located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, and the WMD encompasses
a 14-county area both within and outside of the metropolitan area. The Refuge is a haven to bald
eagles, river otters, migratory birds and a variety of other wildlife. The WMD manages Waterfowl
Production Areas scattered throughout the 14 counties for the benefit of nesting waterfowl and
grassland dependent species. The Refuge and WMD collectively manage over 25,000 acres of
diverse habitats including wetlands, floodplain and upland forest, oak savanna and prairie in
urban, suburban and rural settings.

The Conservation Biology Apprentices will be employees of MVT, a nonprofit conservation
organization based in the Twin Cities. Over two years, the apprentice will work alongside and
learn from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) professionals to:
• Conduct plant, invertebrate, and bird surveys in diverse habitats
• Manage invasive species (will include herbicide application)
• Manage and monitor water levels
• Conduct public education and outreach
• Conduct habitat restorations and assessments
• Construct and maintain infrastructure
• Collect, enter and synthesize field data for reports and summaries
This position includes working both indoors in an office and outdoors. Outdoor working
conditions may include the following: being outdoors for extended periods of time in all weather
conditions, exposure to biting/stinging insects and ticks, exposure to poisonous plants, and hiking
over uneven terrain through tall vegetation. The work involves bending and lifting, significant
walking and a moderate amount of physical exertion.

Qualifications:

• Post-secondary 2 or 4-year education in natural resources (degree obtained or
pending)
• Experience with or willingness to learn Midwest plant and animal identification
• Physically fit — capable of walking long distances and lifting 45 pounds
• Able to work independently and in small groups
• Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
• Basic computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.), data management skills preferred
• Experience with or willingness to learn how to operate and use GPS and GIS
technologies, canoes, ATVs, farm equipment, and mowers (please note experiences
on resume)
• Valid state driver’s license
• US Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
• Background check
• Compliance with Federal Covid-19 safety protocols, including vaccine mandate

Start Date, Work Location, Hours, Compensation and Benefits:
Start Date: January 24, 2022 End Date: January 20, 2024
Work Location: Bloomington or Carver, MN Visitor Center
Hours: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday (hours may vary due to field activities)
Wage: $16.00 per hour with a wage increase year 2 based on positive performance.
Benefits: Paid time off, federal holidays, employer contribution to health, dental, life and
disability insurance, employer match to retirement plan. Uniform components and
required field gear provided.
Note: Public Land Corps Hiring Authority may apply: Apprentices may be eligible for a
federal hiring preference upon completion of their term of service.

Training: Apprentices will gain marketable field skills and career networking opportunities to further their career in natural resources. Apprentices will obtain pesticide applicator training/licenses, heavy equipment training, experience conducting wildlife and plant surveys, habitat restoration skills and experience with ArcGIS Collector, navigation, and other field skills. The apprentices will also have the opportunity to network with other MVT employees and USFWS staff, interns, and volunteers, as well as local area partners such as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa, city and county conservation agencies, and non-government and non-profit conservation groups.

 

Application Deadline: Your application must be received by 5:00 pm, November 8, 2021. To Apply: Submit the following information in ONE document. 1) 1-page cover letter explaining interest in the Biology Apprentice position 2) Resume noting education, experience, and skills 3) Unofficial transcripts from post-secondary school 4) List of three references (professional and/or academic) @ https://forms.gle/Rrn7UNJup4UruGkF8

 

or mail your application materials to: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Attention Apprenticeships, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington MN 55425.

 

Questions: Please direct any questions by email to jobs@mnvalleytrust.org.

 

The Minnesota Valley Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran
or disability status. Persons who are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion are encouraged to apply, as are members of
groups that are historically under-represented in conservation careers.
www.mnvalleytrust.org

 

About Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Minnesota Valley Trust

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a premier urban wildlife refuge located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. With two visitor and education centers in Bloomington and Carver, MN, the refuge provides many opportunities for residents to connect with nature. The 15,000-acre wildlife refuge is a haven to bald eagles, river otters, waterfowl, and a variety of other wildlife. Refuge habitat is a mixture of wetlands, floodplain and upland forest, oak savanna, and prairie along the Minnesota River.

The Minnesota Valley Trust, Inc. was created in 2000 through a settlement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission to "mitigate the impact on the Refuge of the north-south runway at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport". It is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation.