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Job: MN Natural Resources and Agricultural reporter



JOB TITLE: Natural Resources and Agricultural reporter

TEAM: Science and Medical Team

HOURS: Days, mainly Monday-Friday. Some night and weekend work may be
necessary.

PAY STRUCTURE: $29,000-$54,600 

JOB DESCRIPTION: This reporter will share responsibility for covering
agriculture and some aspects of the environment. The primary focus of
the beat will be uses of the state's natural resources _ the impact of
humans on the state's land, water and wildlife, and choices the state
and its communities face in balancing the demands of industry with the
impact on the environment. Specific subjects would include the impact
of agriculture on the environment (like feedlots, runoff, use of
pesticides, sustainable agriculture); use and issues facing public
parks (primarily state and federal); animal life and endangered
species (from wolves to zebra mussels), use of water resources, (like
the Mississippi and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.) The job includes
coverage of state and federal agencies that affect natural resources,
particularly the Department of Natural Resources, the Fish and
Wildlife Service and others.
    The reporter would be expected to develop sources both locally and
nationally, and keep track of national issues and reflect how they
play out in Minnesota. This reporter will collaborate, particularly
with the environmental reporter and the bio-technology reporter, in
setting priorities, sharing information and expertise, and in general
on stories that cross beats. 
 The reporter will be expected to work with science and medical
team members to produce stories and packages for news and feature
sections, including Variety, the weekly Science page and the Outdoors
pages. Like all team members, this reporter will back up other team
members to cover vacancies and fill reporting needs. 

QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated ability to cover a complex beat at a
major daily.  Four-five years' reporting experience required,
including some in environmental and/or agricultural coverage. Must be
able to understand and analyze issues relating to use of natural
resources.   Must be able to identify, from the huge array of global
environmental and agricultural issues, those with particular interest
to Minnesota and the Twin Cities. Knowledge of Minnesota environmental
and agricultural issues preferred. The job requires an ability to
handle complex, scientific information and write about it in a clear
and compelling way. Need excellent news judgment.

ACTION: If interested, provide a resume, appropriate clips and letter
explaining why you're the person for this job to Warren Wolfe,
recruiting director, by Friday, July 24. Write to Warren Wolfe, Star
Tribune, 425 Portland Av., Minneapolis, MN 55488. For information,
call Wolfe at 1-800-829-8742, ext. 7253 (e-mail:
wolfe@startribune.com).