Project Manager Watershed Management

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

St Paul, MN, USA 🇺🇸

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 01/14/2022
  • Closing Date: 01/28/2022
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Pollution Control Agency / Pollution Control-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: Watershed E CENTRAL WATERSHED UNIT
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Travel Required: Yes – Approx. 5%
  • Salary Range: $24.63 – $36.12/hourly; $51,427 – $75,418/annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

The incumbent is a watershed project manager for the East Central Watershed Section and is responsible for the protection and restoration goals within the 7-county metro area and adjacent watersheds. The incumbent will design and complete Total Maximum Daily Loads/Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (TMDL/WRAPS) as required by the federal Clean Water Act and Minnesota Statutes; and to provide watershed project management associated with watershed management organizations within the Twin Cities Metro Area and adjacent watersheds. This work is performed in concert with resource managers at all levels of government and from non-governmental organizations.

Project managers also work with contract managers to set up contracts and then take on the management of the contract once established. Project managers are supported by technical staff (such as hydrologists 2 and 3, senior and principal engineers, research scientists) with assistance in technical aspects of project development such as monitoring plan development, computer modeling, data analysis, and peer review of draft studies and plans.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must clearly demonstrate the following minimum qualifications: 

  • Two years of professional-level environmental protection or pollution control experience that includes working knowledge of surface and subsurface water pollutant transport, hydrology with an understanding of water pollution control science and technology.
  • Ability to perform project and contract management, and grants management.
  • Communication sufficiently to work with groups and facilitate meetings.
  • Good communication skills, interpersonal skills, collaboration skills, and planning/organization skills sufficient to perform senior-level professional work.
  • Good writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the Clean Water Act and state water rules sufficient to be able to apply those rules in watershed management work and to be able to explain them to the public.
  • Knowledge of the Metropolitan Area Surface Water Management Act requirements and be able to work with stakeholders to prepare and implement plans as required by the Act.
  • Knowledge of water quality standards and designated uses sufficiently to be able to explain them to stakeholders and to develop projects that will return water quality to standards and designated uses.
  • Understand the basics of flow, chemical, physical, and biological monitoring, best management practices, and water quality modeling.
  • Experience and or knowledge of contracting and grants/loans policies and procedures, and budgeting, sufficient to follow these procedures and keep accurate records.
  • Ability to perform project management methods sufficient to scope, effectively manage, and successfully complete watershed management projects (WRAPS, TMDL, CWP loans, and 319 grants).
  • Demonstrated ability to conclude projects.
  • Proficient in Graphic Information System (GIS) software manipulation and editing
  • Advanced technical writing skills

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small office equipment.

Application Details

Why Work For Us

Our mission is to protect and improve the environment and human health. We work with many partners (citizens, communities, and businesses, all levels of government, environmental groups and educators) to prevent pollution, conserve resources, and to help ensure polluting does not have disproportionate impact on any groups of people. We emphasize work-life balance with flex schedules, compressed schedules, and options to telework.

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

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If you have questions about the position, contact Suzette Henry at [email protected] 




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