Lead in Drinking Water Specialist

Minnesota Department of Health

St Paul, MN, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 60480

Location: St. Paul

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Unlimited

Job Details

Working Title: Lead in Drinking Water Specialist
Job Class: State Program Administrator, Intermediate
Agency: Health Department

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers. Bidders will be considered through 11/28/2022.
  • Date Posted: 11/19/2022
  • Closing Date: 12/12/2022
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Health Department / Health-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: Drinking Water Protection (DWP) Director Staff
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift 
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes, up to 25%
  • Salary Range: $22.94 – $33.30 / hourly; $47,898 – $69,530 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – Professional Employees (MAPE)
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
  • Location: St. Paul 
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Job Summary

This position promotes Drinking Water Protection (DWP) Section efforts to identify, address, and reduce the presence of lead in drinking water at schools, childcare facilities, and other facilities with potential lead hazards. Specifically, this position will guide implementation of activities under the federal Water Infrastructure Improvements for Nation (WIIN) Act grants to carry out testing and remediation activities at schools and childcare facilities. This includes work to educate facility staff/owner/operators and collect water samples, provide technical assistance, and conduct outreach to organizations representing schools and childcares. The person in this position may also aid other DWP programs related to the reduction of lead in drinking water. This position will ensure that MDH can respond to the increasing and evolving importance of reducing lead exposure from drinking water sources, especially for vulnerable populations.

  • Engage in work to educate owner/operators/staff of schools and childcare facilities regarding lead in drinking water and collect samples to measure lead in drinking levels.
  • Under the guidance of the DWP Lead Coordinator, provide technical assistance subsequent to sample collection and results receipt.
  • Provide outreach and to groups/organizations/agencies representing or working with schools and childcares to promote lead in drinking water testing and remediation.

This position will be based in St. Paul and have the option of some teleworking; however, it will be based on the business needs of the program and is at supervisory discretion.


Minimum Qualifications

One year of professional experience, or three years of technical or administrative experience, in environmental health, public health, or related field.

A Bachelor’s degree in related field may substitute for 1 year of experience, a Master’s degree in a related field may substitute for 18 months of experience, and a Doctorate in a related field may substitute for 2 years of experience.

Minimum qualifications that will be assessed during the interview process:

  • Professional experience must include compiling and analyzing data, writing reports and correspondence, and working across multiple programs, professions, departments, or agencies.

Preferred Qualifications

– Bachelors or advanced degree environmental health, public health, engineering, environmental science, or public administration.

– Knowledge of environmental science, public health, engineering, water supply, or related subjects.

– Working understanding of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, including the Lead and Copper Rule; as well as state statutes and rules related to lead in in drinking water.

– Excellent oral and written communication skills; including the ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and effective manner, both verbally and in writing.

– Ability to establish effective working partnerships within MDH, with staff of other organizations and agencies, with facility owners and operators, and with the general public.

– Ability to conceive and communicate effective ideas for solving complex problems.

– Ability to work independently and take the initiative for work and project planning, demonstrating attention to detail in all work tasks.

– Proficiency in software applications including Microsoft Office Suite, as well as database applications.

– Ability to understand and explain complex public health and scientific information in plain language to the public and stakeholders.

– Ability to compile and analyze data from a variety of sources to make public health

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift as much as 20 pounds of equipment or samples. Must be able to lift from ground to waist height, and from waist to shoulder height.
  • Must be able to walk/move on even, uneven, and/or sloping ground surface, for up to a ÂĽ mile.
  • Must be able to perform gross and fine motor tasks, in varying indoor/outdoor temperatures.

Additional Requirements

  • Must successfully pass a background check.
  • Must possess a valid Class D driver’s license.

Application Details

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 or email [email protected]. For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.

If you have questions about the position, contact Tanya Cimenski at [email protected].

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Tanya Cimenski at [email protected].

About Health Department

Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy. Our collaborative, mission-driven work environment is a major factor in promoting a high level of employee health awareness, employee longevity and job satisfaction.

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. 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] and indicate what assistance is needed.