Local recruitment: Water Quality Monitoring Lead - Environmental Specialist 3

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Brainerd, MN, USA 🇺🇸

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 11/07/2023
  • Closing Date: 11/27/2023
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Pollution Control Agency / Pollution Control-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: EAO Division / Water Quality Monitoring Unit
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes – Up to 50% of the time
  • Salary Range: $26.64 – $39.06 / hourly; $55,624 – $81,557 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Telework Eligible: Yes – Up to 50% of the time
  • 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

The Water Quality Monitoring Unit directly monitors and supports local groups in monitoring ambient surface water of lakes, rivers, and streams throughout Minnesota. An Environmental Specialist 3 is a senior level position that can lead planning, monitoring, and water quality assessment activities with minimal oversite. This position also recommends strategies to conduct trend monitoring projects to identify climate change effects on lakes and streams based on their water quality expertise. To carry out this work Environmental Specialist 3 monitors water resources during the open water season (April-October). This work includes extensive travel, long days in the field, and working in adverse conditions and inclement weather. Outside of the monitoring season duties include analyzing water quality data, conducting assessments of water quality data to determine compliance with water quality standards, writing reports on assessment findings, and planning and preparing for the next years monitoring activities. The incumbent will also train and lead seasonal staff in the field while conducting surface water monitoring activities.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Conservation, Biology, Chemistry, Limnology, Hydrology, Water Resources, or related field and two (2) years of professional experience conducting professional-level environmental protection or pollution control experience that includes water quality monitoring with an understanding of the principles of limnology, hydrology, water quality standards, and surface water pollutants.

OR

Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Conservation, Biology, Chemistry, Limnology, Hydrology, Water Resources or related field and one (1) year of professional experience conducting professional-level environmental protection or pollution control experience that includes water quality monitoring with an understanding of the principles of limnology, hydrology, water quality standards, and surface water pollutants.

OR

Three (3) years professional-level experience conducting professional-level environmental protection or pollution control experience that includes water quality monitoring with an understanding of the principles of limnology, hydrology, water quality standards, and surface water pollutants.

All candidates must have:

The ability to develop and implement work plans, independently complete assignments in a timely manner, mentor and serve as a team member, and understand the economic and social impact of environmental decisions.

The ability to review data for comparison of limnological concepts, models, and water quality parameters that affect recreation, biological communities, and drinking water; and comprehensive knowledge of data collection methodologies that affect analysis.

The incumbent must be able to pass certification in trailering and motorized watercraft operation within one month of administered training – on the job training is provided.

Good communication and human relations skills to interact effectively with stakeholders and team members.

Sufficient planning/organization skills to perform senior-level professional work.

Possess a valid Driver’s license (see additional requirements).

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will not sponsor applicants for work visas. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience collecting water quality and ecological data, recording observations in a field setting, and conducting quality assurance of environmental data.

Experience working under professional/technical contracts and/or grant agreements, including processing invoicing, payments, and budgeting in the project management context.

Knowledge of water quality standards and environmental assessment.

Experience with public communications efforts and public speaking related to water quality, harmful algal blooms, drinking water, or environmental projects.

Work effectively with others and coordinate with individuals involved in diverse environmental programs and research and to establish and maintain productive and open communications with business partners and other staff members.

Critically review, document, and summarize information and data into comprehensive recommendations, reports, and presentations.

Physical Requirements

Work responsibilities of this position include being able to work long hours in remote locations, lift and carry up approximately 50 pounds on land, climb steep embankments with occasional unstable soils, carry equipment by walking in shallow streams or wetlands with wet unstable boulders and driving vehicles in remote locations.  Work can take place in inclement weather and with an abundance of nuisance insects.  Moderate physical exertion on hot summer days is common.  Some study locations may be several hours away from a road or municipality.  Frequent overnight travel can be expected.

Additional Requirements

A driver’s license is an essential function of this position. This requires possession of an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License. The job offer is contingent on confirmation of a valid driver’s license AND a satisfactory DLR check. Requires a Class D driver´s License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver’s license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.

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 Donovan Baugh 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 Donovan Baugh at [email protected].

About Pollution Control Agency

Our mission is to protect and improve the environment and human health. We work with many partners (citizens, communities, and businesses, all levels of government, environmental groups and educators) to prevent pollution, conserve resources, and to help ensure polluting does not have disproportionate impact on any groups of people. We emphasize work-life balance with flex schedules, compressed schedules, and options to telework for some positions.

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.


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