Local recruitment: Groundwater Hydrologist (Hydrologist 2)

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

St Paul, MN, USA 🇺🇸

Bemidji, MN, USA 🇺🇸

Fergus Falls, MN, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 62382

Location: St. Paul;Bemidji;Fergus Falls

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: Groundwater Hydrologist
Job Class: Hydrologist 2
Agency: MN Department of Natural Resources

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 02/06/2023
  • Closing Date: 02/27/2023
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources
  • Division/Unit: Ecological and Water Resources
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes, weekly and seasonal overnight travel
  • Salary Range: $27.01 – $39.74 / hourly; $56,396 – $82,977 / 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 provide technical analysis of the nature, distribution, appropriation, and sustainability of groundwater throughout Minnesota. Specifically, the position addresses sustainability of the drinking water resource by reviewing proposed water appropriations and proposed projects that have the potential to influence groundwater quality and quantity. The position support DNR Area and Regional hydrologists throughout Minnesota. This position will work on sustainability issues for groundwater resources in response to the increased demands for water supply including municipal supplies, rural water supplies, agricultural water supplies, and commercial and industrial water supplies – all of which complete for the limited groundwater resource that must also sustain groundwater-dependent ecosystems.

The chosen candidate for this position will have the option to select a primary work location from the following at the time of hire: Saint Paul, Bemidji or Fergus Falls. Overnight travel is required for this position up to 1 to 2 days per week and 4 to 5 days per week up to several weeks per year. 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.


Minimum Qualifications

Transcripts are required for this position. Applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be sent instructions for transcript review after the posting close date.

  • Bachelor’s 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 requirement:
    • Three hydrogeology qualifying courses in the areas of: Hydrogeology, Groundwater Hydraulics, Contaminant Transport, Groundwater Modeling or equivalent OR
    • Two hydrogeology qualifying courses and two geology qualifying courses in Geomorphology, Geochemistry, Glacial geology, Structural Geology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Geologic Mapping, Geophysics, or equivalent.
  • Two years of professional experience in surface water or groundwater hydrology, soil and water resource management, hydrogeology, hydrologic modeling, geochemistry or regulatory work. An advanced degree in the appropriate major may substitute for one year of experience.
  • Experience with writing technical documents and ability to prepare documents that are clear, organized, correct, and grammatically sound.
  • Knowledge of the principles of groundwater flow and ability to analyze hydrogeologic data. 
  • Ability to understand and apply geologic data on well logs, cross sections, and geologic maps. 
  • Experience with groundwater monitoring field methods.   
  • Ability to effectively present technical information and explain the results of analyses to other staff, local government, and the public.
  • Experience working independently on project tasks that may be individual or team-oriented. 
  • Good interpersonal skills to work effectively with colleagues and constituents, individually and in teams.
  • Willing to receive and provide peer review constructively and respectfully.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in any of the disciplines listed above. 
  • Experience applying water regulations, statutes, rules, and policies.
  • Work experience with advanced mapping applications such as ArcMap.
  • Experience analyzing data from aquifer tests.
  • Experience with well drilling methods.
  • Licensed as a Professional Geoscientist in Minnesota. 

Physical Requirements

Occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound bags maximum 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.

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
  • Conflict of Interest Review
  • Education/license verification

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 Ellen Considine at ellen.considine@state.mn.us or 651-259-5669.

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.





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