Local recruitment: Water Resources Specialist 1

Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District

Prior Lake, MN, USA 🇺🇸

Come Work with Us!
Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District (PLSLWD) is looking for a highly motivated professional to support District projects from initial feasibility studies through capital project implementation. This position will have connections with most of the District’s projects and programs and consist of office and field work. This role focuses primarily on improving the quality of District water resources and reducing flooding impacts, educating the public and stakeholders, and collecting data to inform decision making.

Our Mission
Our mission is to manage and preserve the water resources of the Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District to the best of our ability using input from our communities, sound engineering practices, and our ability to efficiently fund beneficial projects which transcend political jurisdictions.

Our Team
You will be vital member of a talented and committed team of water resource professionals who collaborate and innovate to successfully deliver programs and projects that benefit District environmental resources and residents, while concurrently enhancing their professional knowledge and skills.

Position Benefits
Spring Lake-Prior Lake Watershed District believes our employees are key to our success. The District provides a collaborative and supportive work environment; a hybrid work setting; a competitive benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, contributions to Employees’ health savings account (HSA), generous paid time off (PTO), 11 paid holidays annually, Public Employee’s Retirement Association (PERA) contributions, disability and life insurance, post-retirement healthcare savings plan, deferred compensation plan; along with professional training opportunities.
Position Title: Water Resources Specialist I
Hours: Full Time
Expected Hiring Range: $47,000- $54,000/yr. Full Salary Range: $47,000-$68,000)
Status: Exempt (FSLA)
Location: 4646 Dakota Street SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372
Applications Submissions:
Application review will begin on April 14, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Submit resume to Patty Dronen at pdronen@plslwd.org with the position title in the email subject line.
Key Responsibilities and Duties:
Project Management (40%)
Support the Water Resources Project Manager on District water resource planning and projects.
• Conduct relevant data analysis to inform project selection and development.
• Lead grant application writing, grant management and reporting with Project Manager direction.
• Monitor progress of work by consultants and contractors.
• Support review of consultant deliverables (reports) and contracting documents (scopes of work, amendments).
• Support Project Manager on landowner outreach and meeting coordination.
• Use GIS to create maps to visualize project concepts and analyze spatial information.

Education & Outreach Program (20%)
Oversee the education and outreach program.
• Manage educational and outreach programs and report progress to the Project Manager.
• Operate as staff liaison to the Citizen Advisory Committee and facilitate operations.
• Write content and update the District’s website and social media.
• Write articles and press releases on District projects, events, and other educational topics.
• Prepare multiple forms of outreach media to educate the public about the District’s work.

Monitoring, Data Acquisition, and Analysis (20%)
Assist the Water Resources Coordinator and Technician with the District’s monitoring program.
• Operate, and maintain monitoring equipment including continuous stage data, flow area velocity meters, weather station, water quality sondes, and telemetry equipment.
• Use in-depth knowledge of standard operating procedures to collect surface water quality samples and send to lab for analysis. Collect stream flow measurements.
• Analyze and interpret data to create annual datasets, reports, charts, and assist with database management.

Carp Management Program (10%)
Assist the Water Resources Coordinator with the Carp Management Program.
• Track radio-tagged carp across Prior and Spring Lakes; maintain up-to-date location data on GIS files; assist with installing/maintaining PIT tag stations for tracking carp.
• Assist with removals of carp including electrofishing, seining, and trapping efforts.
• Maintain nets, barriers, traps, and tools, including the District boat and truck.
Other Responsibilities (10%)
• Assist supervision of summer interns as needed.
• Ensure that expertise and related skills are developed and maintained by attending training programs as approved within budgetary guidelines.
• Willingly assist other District staff as needed to ensure efficient workflow.

Qualifications and Experience:
• A BA/BS degree in natural resources, environmental sciences, environmental planning, water resource engineering, or a related field and one to two years of experience.
• Strong writing and interpersonal communication skills.
• Strong organizational skills and demonstrated experience in coordinating multiple concurrent work tasks.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, including Excel and Word.
• Ability to work independently.
• Possess a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation for work responsibilities.
• Be able perform outdoor activities that require walking in potentially challenging terrain in diverse weather conditions; the ability to lift/carry equipment (50 lbs) and operate equipment.

• Knowledge of storm water management and Best Management Practices (BMPs).
• Able to analyze technical reports.
• Familiarity and experience with water monitoring equipment such as multi-parameter Sonde, Biobase, ISCO flow modules, telemetry level-loggers, etc.
• Experience managing relationships with consultants and contractors.
• Experience with data entry, analysis, and review.
• Knowledge of WISKI (Kisters), ArcGIS, GPS units, various logger software (HOBOware, Solinst).
• Knowledge of R and/or Python scripting.

This Job Description is intended to describe the general contents of and the requirements for the performance of this job. It is not intended to be, nor may it be construed to be, a complete and exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. It is subject to change as the needs of the District and the requirements of the position change. Additional or revised responsibilities and special projects may be assigned. This is not a contract nor does it imply a contract.






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