The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host its third annual Veteran Employment Information Event on Thursday, Jan. 9.

The event is free and will be held at the DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55101. Space is limited and registration is required. Veterans can register for a time slot between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. by going to tinyurl.com/dnrvets2020.  Veterans will receive a welcome packet with additional information when registration is confirmed.  

Many veterans want to work in a natural resources environment, and many military skills translate into DNR positions. 

“If you’ve served in the military, you probably have a lot of experience relevant to many of our professional areas,” Don Matthys, DNR management resources regional supervisor and U.S. Army retired, said in a press release.

At the event, veterans will have the opportunity to talk to DNR staff, including those who work in the areas of fisheries and wildlife, information technology, GIS and mapping, forestry, enforcement, engineering, and more. Veterans will learn the types of jobs available, education and experience requirements, and how a military career fits with state employment.

Attendees will have the option to meet with current DNR employees who are also military veterans, and learn resume tips for translating military skills and experience to position qualifications.

Human resources staff will provide information on how to apply for DNR jobs, set up job searches and receive job posting notifications.

Veterans will also be on hand to answer questions about how to successfully juggle military – civilian commitments. Information on DNR veteran support resources will also be available.

“I can’t imagine a more military friendly employer,” said John Peterson, a DNR emergency planner who serves in the Minnesota National Guard. “The DNR has always been incredibly supportive of my service in the National Guard.”

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