Local recruitment: Field Hydrologist 1

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

St Paul, MN, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 64023

Location: St. Paul

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Unlimited

Job Details

Working Title: Field Hydrologist 1
Job Class: Hydrologist 1
Agency: MN Department of Natural Resources

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 03/15/2023
  • Closing Date: 04/03/2023
  • 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 – Overnight travel of up to 3 consecutive days may be required.
  • Salary Range: $24.45 – $33.30 / hourly; $51,051 – $69,530 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt – Professional
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

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Job Summary

The Division of Ecological and Water Resources is seeking to hire a Field Hydrologist 1. The purpose of this position is to collect, manage and analyze the Division’s statewide surface and ground water data to support science-based water resources management decision-making.

Responsibilities Include:

  • To lead the operation and maintenance of DNR EWR’s stream, lake and groundwater data collection programs so that sound data are available for water resources management, planning and problem solving.
  • Assist in the entry, organization and maintenance of surface water and groundwater data.
  • To assist with the processing, review and archival of surface water and groundwater data.
  • To perform other assigned tasks so that priority technical support services are delivered professionally.

This position has a flexible work arrangement and may be eligible to telework on a full or 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.

Transcript Requirements:

  • Three hydrology qualifying courses in the areas of: Hydrology, Hydraulics, Hydrogeology/Groundwater Hydrology, Water Resources Engineering, Hydrologic Modeling, Watershed Management, Groundwater, Fluid Mechanics, fluvial geomorphology; OR
  • Two hydrology qualifying courses and two courses (or equivalent experience) in: Geology, Geomorphology, Geochemistry, Geography, Limnology, Erosion and Sediment Control, Environmental Engineering, Soils.

Additional qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science 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.
  • Technical knowledge of hydrology, hydrogeology, hydraulics, principles and practices of water resource management.
  • Technical knowledge of land surveying, groundwater and stream flow measurement procedures and use of hydrologic monitoring equipment. 
  • Knowledge of hydrologic data collection, compilation and review including database, spreadsheet, and desktop publishing applications to compile, analyze and present hydrologic data.
  • Ability to safely operate a larger vehicle/trailer combination and work with common tools and small engines.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively as a team member, follow policies and procedures while consistently conducting oneself in a cooperative and courteous manner.
  • Personal skills to work independently and solve problems in remote locations.
  • Ability to perform all duties and responsibilities in a safe manner by following correct work procedure and using required personal protective equipment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience installing and maintaining hydrologic monitoring equipment.
  • Experience using Acoustic Doppler and standard stream flow monitoring equipment and groundwater level monitoring equipment.
  • Experience compiling water quantity records using standard USGS procedures.
  • Experience in utilizing the WISKI database (or similar hydrologic database) for groundwater, surface water and climate data workup
  • Experience in computer modeling, database management, geographic information systems, global positioning systems, or other mapping, information system and computerized analytical tools.
  • Successful participation of the State of Minnesota Star of the North Fellowship program.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound bags 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 Lisa Pearson at Lisa.Pearson@state.mn.us or 651-539-2113.

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 Victoria Hansen at tori.hansen@state.mn.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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