Conservation Officer

Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.
Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies

To investigate crimes and attempted crimes against persons and property, gather and evaluate supporting evidence for prosecution, distinguish between an actual crime and circumstances which appear to be a crime, apply the best methods of interviewing and questioning suspects to gain needed information, preserve crime scenes, maintain current knowledge of all Natural Resource, Environment & Treaty Rights regulations, forensics, investigative equipment, firearms, gather and preserve physical evidence.

• Degree from an accredited two (2) year program in wildlife/fisheries, ecology/biology or in wildlife/fisheries conservation or management and game or a directly related field desired.
• Prior experience in natural resource management and game and fish management required.
• Possess and maintains a valid Minnesota Driver’s License
• Minnesota POST Board Licensed Peace Officer is required.
• Minimum of three years Law Enforcement experience is required.
• Experience of working with Native American communities, preferably the Mille Lacs Band.
• Knowledge of firearms, investigative equipment and other equipment typically used in law enforcement.
• Strong organization, communication, and interpersonal skills.
• Knowledge of preparation and execution of search warrants.
• Exhibit a high level of personal integrity and ethical conduct.
• Conservation Officers in Minnesota must not have any misdemeanor theft, gross misdemeanor, and felony convictions in Minnesota or other states and must have or be eligible to obtain a valid Minnesota Peace Officer’s License
• Must be willing to learn on armed self defense, the use of firearms, and be able to carry a weapon as it is required by the job
• Evidence of formal classroom training in Ojibwe culture, Language and society may represent a partial substitution for the four year degree required for such position
• Must have drivers license
• Must be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Drivers Insurance policy
• Must pass a background check
• Must pass a Pre-employment drug & alcohol test
• Mille Lacs Band member/American Indian preference
• Must successfully pass a physical examination

General Direction: receive very general guidance with respect to overall objectives; work is usually quite independent of others; operate within division or department policy guidelines using independent judgment in achieving assigned objectives.
• Checks hunting and fishing licenses.
• Inspects water violations and pollution complaints.
• Coordinates and teaches youth firearm, snowmobile, and all terrain vehicle (ATV) safety programs.
• Checks registrations and safety equipment on watercraft, ATV’s, snowmobiles, and other recreational vehicles.
• Works with sports’ clubs and civic organizations.
• Works with other state and local law enforcement authorities.
• Patrols assigned area by foot, car and boat to detect violators.
• Apprehends violators; issues warnings and or citations, and serve warrants.
• Investigates boating accidents.
• Assists in the stocking of fish.
• Conducts classes or provides information as requested.
• Finding and interviewing witnesses.
• Taking statements from suspects, victims and witnesses.
• Coordinating the information search at the scene of a crime and following the laws of arrest and search and seizure.
• Recognizing, collecting, preserving and processing physical evidence.
• Determining the nature of the crime and evaluating possible charges against suspects.
• Knowing legal requirements, restraints and investigative procedures.
• Identifying and apprehending of criminals.
• Preparing cases for prosecution.
• Understanding basics of crime prevention, recognizing crime risks and contributing factors in crimes and supplying information to the crime prevention unit.
• Working cooperatively with officers in the department and other law enforcement agencies.
• Identifying criminal techniques and behavior from intelligence information to recognize criminals operating in the community;
• Effectively using resources to manage an active caseload;
• Submitting reports in a timely manner, which contain relevant information, correct terminology, proper format;
• Maintaining appropriate records and files;
• Functioning independently of immediate supervision;
• Developing informational sources;
• Patrolling reservation community to control traffic prevents crime or disturbances of the peace and to arrest violators;
• Maintain familiarity with area, residents and community needs;
• Issuing tickets to violators, locates interview and records eyewitness accounts of violations;
• Filing facts and reports for possible use in civil or criminal court;
• Investigating criminal cases, which involve violations of Federal, state, local or Tribal laws;
• Analyzing charge, complaint of alleged violation to identify issues and jurisdictional areas and evidence needed;
• Developing and using informants in accordance with this manual to obtain information and evidence;
• Conducting surveillance of person and areas warranted;
• Using cameras, telephones, and other equipment to record facts and evidence; and
• Preparing and presenting findings and progress of investigations in properly documented reports;
• Extensive information gathering and analysis is required, External guidelines exist in the form of professional standards, principles and practices, the decision making process is substantial and the judgment is considerable.
• Significant creativity and analysis required, guidance exists in the form of governed principle, cultural norms and historical precedence, information needed to make decisions is missing or incomplete, extensive judgment required.
• Pre-trial and trial responsibilities include:
• Assisting prosecuting attorney in case preparation for trial.
• Preparing or obtaining search warrants and executes it.
• Notifying state and county authorities of major crimes or disturbances within the area and takes appropriate action if requested to do so.
• Establishing and maintaining good working relationship with other law enforcement agencies, and assisting those agencies if requested to do so.
• Testifying before courts and juries.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Hours are typically 10 hours per shift, but extra hours are necessary during major harvesting seasons (netting & hunting). Shifts include early morning, evening and/or weekend working.
• High to Moderate and frequent stress.
• Work is mainly out doors.
• Threat, risk or personal danger exposure as high.
• Local travel is required as well as some travel outside the state may be required

Submit resume, cover letter, and employment application to:

43408 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359

Fax: 320-532-7492