Goverment Jobs
January 22, 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Who We Are

Established in 1883, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) oversees a renowned urban park system spanning 6,809 acres of parkland and water. Featured among its 180 park properties are 55 miles of parkways, 102 miles of Grand Rounds biking and walking paths, 22 lakes, 12 formal gardens, 7 golf courses and 49 recreation centers. The MPRB is proud to provide services, programs and activities that meet the park and recreation needs of diverse communities and ensure race equity, gender inclusion and universal access. Altogether, MPRB properties receive about 23 million visitors annually, and employs approximately 570 full-time and 1,400 part-time and seasonal employees.

Park it here for an exciting career by joining the #1 urban park system in the United States as recognized by the Trust for Public Land in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking educators to work in our Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) education and watercraft inspection program. Educators will primarily work at LakeHarriet, LakeNokomis and Bde Maka Ska. Assigned shifts and work locations will vary based on department needs. The position is temporary with an expected duration from approximately Aprilthrough December 1st. Must be available for day, evening and weekend hours. Opening shifts start before dawn(as early as 5:45AM) to early afternoon and closing shifts start in the afternoon to after dusk(as late as 10:30PM), seven days per week. Hours/days vary throughout the season with most employees working up to 30 hours per week. Workload based on seasonal needs and hours of operation including days, nights, holidays and weekends. Regular attendance at work is expected. May work for prolonged periods of time outdoors and in all weather conditions. On-site shelters can be used during times of inclement weather. May be assigned to work individually or in pairs/teams.

In October and November, the number of availablework hours is reduced and assigned based on need and skill level. Work assignments during this time will be combination of office and field work.

What You'll Do

  • Inspect watercraft and educate boaters as they enter and exit the lakes in the Minneapolis Parks.
  • Provide interactive AIS education for all ages at boat landings in Minneapolis Parks.
  • Use mobile device to conduct inspections, track interactions with boaters, collect customer service information from the general public. Mobile device also used for shift scheduling and communication with supervisory staff.
  • Conduct AIS early detection boat launch surveys using in-water detection tools and equipment.
  • Open and close work station kiosks at beginning and end of shift, sometimes at dawn or dusk depending on time of year.
  • Follow protocol for notifying supervisor of concerns.
  • Assist MPRB in identifying and addressing the park and recreation needs of underserved and under-represented communities.
What To Bring

Need to Have:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Valid driver's license
  • Must attend DNR watercraft inspector certification course and pass exam within the first month after being hired.
  • Must have ability to travel between work locations.

Nice to Have:

  • Experience in environmental education preferred.
  • Previous customer service experience and/or working with public preferred.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in a language other than English preferred.

Skills Crucial to Success in This Role:

  • Interest in learning to identify Minnesota's aquatic invasive species.
  • Use and properly operate tools necessary for the performance of duties including
    electronic devices.
  • Independent, self-motivated worker
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (morning, day and evening) at various MPRB boat launches.
  • Ability to communicate the reasons for invasive species programs, policies, and actions.
  • Understand and follow supervisor directions, work rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Outstanding customer service principles and practices and standards for a diverse
    customer base.
Additional Information

FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Union Status: Non-represented

To view a full list of qualifications and job description, click Here

Selection Process:
To apply for this temporary position, applicants must complete an online application with supplemental questions at This position is open until filled.
What steps the selection process involves:

  • We review your minimum qualifications.
  • We conduct an interview.
  • References, including verification of employment and work performance, may be considered. Past performance and discipline may be considered.
  • We conduct a background check. Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, the applicant will be asked to sign an informed consent allowing the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to obtain their criminal history in connection with the positions sought. View the MPRB Background Check Policy Here

Please note that HR reserves the right to limit the number of people invited to successive testing events.
The MPRB is a tobacco-free workplace and park system.
The MPRB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is eligible forsick and safe leave in accordance with the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. This position is not eligible for other benefits.

Following are a series of supplemental questions to assess your job-related experience and qualifications. The information on the application and your responses to the following supplemental questions will be used in a competitive evaluation of qualifications and will be used to determine your civil service score and placement on the eligible list. Therefore, all applicants are encouraged to be complete and thorough in their answers. The employment history and education detailed in your general online application must validate/support your responses to the supplemental questions. If your responses cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next step of the selection process. A resume may be submitted, but it will not substitute for the general online application or supplemental questions; responses such as "see resume" or "see application" will not be considered. I acknowledge that I have read and understand the above information and instructions.

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Do you possess a valid driver's license?

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Do you possess a high school diploma or equivalent?

  • Yes
  • No
Are you at least 18 years of age?

  • Yes
  • No
Have you ever been a DNR-certified inspector?

  • Yes
  • No

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