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Employment event for military veterans set for Jan. 8 at Minnesota DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting its second annual Veteran Employment information event, Tuesday, Jan. 8 at DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55101.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required to attend the free event. Veterans can register for a time slot between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. by going to tinyurl.com/dnrvets2019.

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 in many of our professional areas,” said Don Matthys, DNR management resources regional supervisor and U.S. Army retired.

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. It’s a chance to find out from those who work it every day about the different job responsibilities, education requirements, and how military work experience translates.

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 better match position qualifications.

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

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 and civilian commitments. Information on DNR veteran support resources will also be available.

Similar veteran employment informational events will be held in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Mankato this year.

The DNR is Yellow Ribbon Company – a veteran friendly employer.