Water Conservation Consultant (Natural Resource Program Consultant)

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

St Paul, MN, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 61291

Location: St. Paul

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Unlimited

At the DNR, we are committed to the conservation and management of the state’s natural resources for outdoor recreation, economic development, and a sustainable quality of life. Apply with us and find your path.

Job Details

Working Title: Water Conservation Consultant
Job Class: Natural Resources Program Consultant
Agency: MN Department of Natural Resources

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 12/16/2022
  • Closing Date: 1/06/2023
  • 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, occasionally for presentations and meetings
  • Salary Range: $32.13 – $47.65 / hourly; $67,087 – $99,493 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Association of Professional Employees / MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt – Professional
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
  • 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 exists to research, develop and implement the state’s water conservation programs, to collaborate in the development of water allocation limits and to work with the Water Regulations Unit’s Water Use Program Consultant and Water Policy Consultant on administration of statewide regulatory programs for the protection, conservation and use of Minnesota’s surface and ground waters. Primary responsibilities are to:

  • Develop the state water conservation program consistent with all laws, policies and objectives and represent the Division publicly to promote and implement water conservation in Minnesota.
  • Serve as the project manager for state Water Conservation Reporting System.
  • Coordinate with Metropolitan Council on water supply planning and the MN Department of Health on funding, emergency preparedness and vulnerability assessment.
  • Develop and deliver strategic water conservation communications consistent with DNR’s protocols and processes.
  • Coordinate with the Commissioner’s Office, General Counsel, staff, and external stakeholders to ensure that Minnesota’s obligations to develop, implement and promote water conservation programs is fulfilled.
  • Coordinate with the Commissioner’s office and Division staff to ensure that Minnesota’s responsibilities to the Great Lakes Compact are fulfilled.
  • Coordinate well interference processing so that water user’s access is protected.

This position has a flexible work arrangement and may be eligible to telework on a part-time basis which is subject to change.  If approved, the employee would be required to complete a telework agreement. This position may require reporting to the primary work location on an occasional basis for meetings, training, or onboarding.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Public Administration, or a closely related field of study.
  • Four (4) years of professional experience in natural resource management, project management, planning, program administration, operations management, or closely related experience including managing complex projects and coordinating with multiple stakeholder groups. An advanced degree in a relevant field of study may substitute for one year of professional experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working on water resource issues, or closely related topics.
  • Project management skills sufficient to efficiently lead projects, ensure timely completion of deliverables, organize and implement initiatives or programs, manage competing interests for time and funding and detect and remove project barriers.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing sufficient to write formal letters, technical reports, legislative briefings, policy statements, web content, informational brochures, and budget documents as a representative of the agency for a variety of audiences.
  • Professional experience in conflict resolution, forming partnerships to achieve goals, and working collaboratively with partners to find solutions that benefit all members.
  • Professional experience in problem-solving, prioritization of numerous tasks, and working concurrently with multiple agencies or customers.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Natural Resources, Public Administration, or a closely related field of study.
  • Lead worker experience and training that incorporates directing, coaching, and resolving conflicts.
  • Significant knowledge of and experience working with water resources, water efficiency and water conservation best management practices, and/or experience working with public utilities, commercial, industrial or agricultural water users.
  • Significant understanding and experience in policy and management of surface and groundwater resources in Minnesota.
  • Data management skills, online reporting systems, complex spreadsheets and/or online forms.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. 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

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
  • Conflict of Interest Review

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

If you have questions about the position, contact Thomas Hovey at tom.hovey@state.mn.us or 651-259-5654.

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 Lucas Schulze at lucas.schulze@state.mn.us.

Why Work for Us

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 careers@state.mn.us and indicate what assistance is needed.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development