Minnesota has more than 100,000 wildlife volunteers, and the Minnesota Biin is among the most highly regarded of the state’s conservation organizations.
But the organization, which offers wildlife training to hunters, trappers, and others, has also been accused of hiring people who are not qualified for the job.
As the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported, biin has hired at least 30 people in Minnesota who have not completed training on how to perform animal care.
The organization is currently in the process of revamping its hiring process, but one of the current biin volunteer coordinators, Michael Nieh, told the paper that he would “have to see if there are any opportunities that will lead to us having the same sort of diversity.”
Niehoven has since left Biin and is currently working as a consultant for a conservation group in San Diego.
He told the Star Tribune that he was hired to work with the San Diego group, and he did not respond to requests for comment.
In a statement to Motherboard, a Biin spokesperson said the organization had “no choice” but to fire Niehzwski after his termination.
The statement also said Biin had fired the other volunteer coordinator who was also terminated.
Niehl, who said he worked at Biin for three years, said he had been working as an animal care specialist for the organization for the last two years, and was terminated because of his failure to complete training on animal care and training to support the group’s wildlife conservation efforts.
“We have a diverse team, and we’re always hiring and looking for qualified candidates,” Niehn told the Minnesota Star Tribune.
“There are so many opportunities for those of us who are animal care professionals, that are not necessarily the ones we are used to in the industry.”
The Biin Volunteer Corps has been criticized for hiring inexperienced people and hiring people without a background in animal care, and Niehwyski told the newspaper that Biin was trying to recruit qualified people.
“That is not the case at all,” Nieshwyskis statement said.
“Biin hires people with backgrounds in animal conservation, and it is not about the skills.”
According to Nieht, Biin’s hiring practices have “disproportionately impacted the quality of the jobs” for the people they’ve hired.
He said that Biins hiring practices for wildlife care volunteers were not necessarily discriminatory or racist, but that it was difficult to prove that the hiring practices of Biin were discriminatory.
“I’m not sure how they know that we’re going to hire people who aren’t qualified, or are biased,” Nienh told the Minneapolis Tribune.
Nienhs experience with the Biin program and the current hiring process was one of several that Nienhuys statement highlighted.
Niedh said that he first noticed Biin hiring a person in 2016.
“He was the one who came in and was the last one to leave,” Niedhs statement said, adding that Biinit has since hired a second person to help with the recruitment process.
Nieshzwskis first job was as an employee of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Niewski said that while he felt Biin provided him with the “first shot” at becoming a volunteer coordinator, Nienhzwsky did not receive any training on wildlife care.
He has since retired from Biin, and Biin told Motherboard that it will not renew his job.
The Minnesota Biins statement also noted that Niedwyski had been hired to help the organization with its animal care work, but Nienwysk is now an independent contractor.
“The Minnesota Biinit volunteer coordinator position does not provide a position for a full-time volunteer coordinator,” Nianths statement read.
“Instead, the volunteer coordinator is a part-time staff member that assists with the biin staff’s animal care efforts.”
In a news release, Niehh said that the Biins recruitment process has changed for the better, adding: “I feel like we’ve made some big strides in the past year.”
The Minnesota biin team was recently criticized for its hiring practices.
The Minneapolis Star Times wrote that in the last year, Biinit hired five people with criminal records who were paid less than $200 per month for work related to animal care—all of them for positions that do not include any training or job skills training.
The Star Tribune also reported that Biinc hired a volunteer assistant who had not completed a two-year training on humane care in order to fill the position of biin coordinator.
Nioh told Motherboards that he thinks Biin should have been more transparent about hiring candidates who are qualified for animal care jobs.
“It seems like it’s an anomaly, and they should be able to explain that to people,” Niohs statement reads.
“They’re hiring a whole bunch