Hydrologist 2

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Minnesota, USA 🇺🇸

Job Details

Job Class: Hydrologist 2

Working Title: Hydrologist

  • Who May Apply: Open to all applicants and MPCA employees eligible to interest bid (permanent, classified employees in the same job class). Eligible MPCA bidders should apply through self-service AND confirm their interest bid by emailing jillian.kloster@state.mn.us by 05/12/2022.
  • Date Posted: 05/06/2022
  • Closing Date: 05/19/2022
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Pollution Control Agency / Pollution Control-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: RMAD PSM SolidWastePermitUnit
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes – Approx 5%
  • Salary Range: $26.35 – $38.77/hourly; $55,018 – $80,951/annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt – Professional
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

*This position maybe be located at one of the MPCA office locations: Duluth, Brainerd, St. Paul, Rochester, Detroit Lakes or Mankato.

Job Summary

The incumbent will perform comprehensive hydrogeologic evaluations and provide technical support for permitted solid waste facilities in order to ensure protection of human health and environment. This includes reviewing permit applications and developing site-specific hydrologic and monitoring permit requirements for new and expanding landfills, permit reissuances and closure determinations. The incumbent’s responsibilities include ensuring adequate monitoring networks exist, evaluating groundwater and other environmental data, and requesting necessary investigations or corrective actions to prevent, mitigate, or remediate environmental impacts. The position also includes assisting with documentation for any enforcement and litigation activities.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas: Hydrology, Geology, Hydrogeology, Water Resources Management, Soil Science; Environmental Health; Environmental Science; or other closely-related environmental field; and two completed courses in Hydrology/Hydrogeology.  [Candidates must list the two courses in Hydrology/Hydrogeology on their resume to qualify]


Two years of professional experience as a Hydrologist or equivalent to understand the principles of hydrogeology and practices of groundwater protection. Experience must include overseeing or conducting environmental site assessments to determine the risk(s) associated with site contamination and evaluate potential recommendations and conclusion from the data presented.


Demonstrated hydrogeological analysis of field and laboratory data, and/or fate and transport modeling, to assist in risk evaluation and evaluate recommendations for further actions;

Proven strong technical writing ability; and

Good communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other internal staff and with external project business partners.

Preferred Qualifications

Proven communication and human relations skills to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, including, private home owners, members of local governments, other local leaders and owners and operators of landfills.

The demonstrated ability to:

Present complex environmental issues with social impacts to an audience with varying technical knowledge;

Provide technical review and analysis of data to make recommendations for facility actions;

Evaluate human health and environmental risk and make sound decisions based on data;

Prepare technical reports that: 1) evaluate potential risks to receptors, and 2) summarize hydrogeologic conditions  as described from facility studies and how these conditions affect contaminant transport; and

Familiarity with GIS.

Physical Requirements

Ability to use a computer and perform keyboard functions for multiple hours per day. Requires occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small equipment. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.

Additional Requirements

A driver’s license is an essential function of this position. This requires possession of an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License. The job offer is contingent on confirmation of a valid driver’s license AND a satisfactory DLR check.

Requires a Class D driver´s License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver’s license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.

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 for some positions.

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 Jillian Kloster at [email protected] or 651/757-8851.

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Apply by 19 May, 2022