Hydrologist 2

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

St Paul, MN, USA 🇺🇸

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 11/18/2021
  • Closing Date: 12/09/2021
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources
  • Division/Unit: Ecological & Water Resources
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift 
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes – Up to five days consecutive days of overnight travel may be required
  • Salary Range: $25.71 – $37.82/hourly; $53,477 – $78,666/annually 
  • Classified Status: Classified 
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • Work Area: Saint Paul, Riverbend Office
  • Employment Condition: Full-Time, Unlimited 
  • FLSA Status: Exempt – Professional 
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

To provide professional hydrologic and/or hydraulic monitoring and modeling expertise. Additionally, to support the development of staff in the statewide surface and ground water quantity monitoring data and technical analyses programs.

 Responsibilities include:

  • To lead the operation and maintenance of DNR EWR’s stream, lake and groundwater data collection programs so that sound data are available for water resource management, planning and problem solving.
  • To assist with and lead the processing, review, archival and publishing of surface water and groundwater data and prepare and disseminate reports.
  • Perform other assigned tasks so that priority technical support services are delivered professionally.
  • Develop policies, procedures and trainings for hydrologic monitoring, work in the database, and data analysis 


Minimum Qualifications

If you meet the following minimum qualifications, within your application submit two attachments. In the resume attachment, include a copy of your resume. In the cover letter attachment, include a copy of your academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). These two attachments must be in either .doc or .pdf format.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering, Hydrology, Forest Hydrology, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Soil Science, Water Resources Management, Hydraulics, Environmental Science, Earth Science, or related major.

Transcript requirements: 

  • Three qualifying hydrology courses in the areas of: Hydrology, Hydraulics, Hydrogeology/Groundwater Hydrology, Water Resources Engineering, Hydrologic Modeling, Watershed Management, Groundwater, Fluid Mechanics, fluvial geomorphology; OR
  • Two hydrology qualifying courses and two courses (or equivalent experience) in: Geology, Geomorphology, Geochemistry, Geography, Limnology, Erosion and Sediment Control, Environmental Engineering, Soils.

Additional qualifications: 

  • At least 2 years of professional experience in surface water or groundwater hydrology, soil and water resource management, water planning or regulation, or related technical or or regulatory work. An advanced degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) in the appropriate major (see education requirements) may substitute for 1 year of experience.
  • Technical knowledge of hydrology, hydrogeology, hydraulics, principles and practices of water resource management.
  • Technical knowledge of land surveying, groundwater and stream stage and flow measurement procedures and use of hydrologic monitoring equipment.  
  • Knowledge of hydrologic data collection, compilation and review including database, spread sheet, and desktop publishing applications to compile, analyze and present hydrologic data.
  • Ability to install and maintain water monitoring equipment in rugged terrain.
  • Ability to use a hydrologic database to compile, analyze and present hydrologic data.
  • Ability to safely operate a larger vehicle/trailer combination and work with common tools and small engines.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively as a team member, follow policies and procedures while consistently conducting oneself in a cooperative and courteous manner.
  • Personal skills to work independently and solve problems in remote locations.
  • Ability to develop training materials and provide trainings to staff relevant to database and field work.
  • Ability to perform all duties and responsibilities in a safe manner by following correct work procedure and using required personal protective equipment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience installing and maintaining hydrologic monitoring equipment.
  • Experience using Acoustic Doppler and standard stream flow monitoring equipment, groundwater level monitoring and meteorological equipment.
  • Experience compiling surface water stream and discharge records using standard USGS procedures.
  • Experience in utilizing the WISKI database for groundwater, surface water and climate data workup and peer review
  • Knowledge of WMS data collection and workup policies and procedures  
  • Experience in computer modeling, database management, geographic information systems, global positioning systems, or other mapping, information system and computerized analytical tools.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound bags and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls. This position requires the ability to install and maintain water monitoring equipment, to walk to sites in rugged terrain and carry equipment up to 50 pounds over the terrain.

Additional Requirements

*This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License with a clear driving record*

It is policy of the Department of Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components:

  • Employment Reference Check
  • SEMA4 Records Check
  • Criminal History Check
  • Education/license verification

Application Details

Why Work For Us

Our goal as an employer is to actively recruit, welcome, and support a workforce, which is diverse and inclusive of people who are underrepresented in the development of State of Minnesota policies, programs, and practices, so that we can support the success and growth of all people.

We are proud to operate within a Culture of Respect that provides a healthy, safe, and productive work environment for all employees.  This means that our employees are respectful to one another and to our customers.  We believe that promoting a Culture of Respect allows our employees to do their best work in support of the agency’s mission.

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

How to Apply

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.


If you have questions about the position, contact Jennifer Gruetzman at [email protected] or 651-539-2101.

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Xai Thao at [email protected] by the job posting close date. 


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email [email protected]. Please indicate what assistance you need.





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