Applied Scientist I

Minneapolis, MN, US

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The Applied Scientist I provides technical and scientific support for conservation initiatives in conservation planning and measures of conservation success.


The Applied Scientist I collects and manages data for freshwater systems. They identify and classify conservation priorities and target and assess data to prioritize areas for conservation. The Applied Scientist I conducts scientific surveys and research, records data, writes reports and develops proposals in order to administer and coordinate conservation programs within a conservation or business unit.


  • Perform fieldwork including ecosystem surveys, assessment and field effectiveness monitoring.
  • Conduct hydrologic and water quality analysis.
  • Assist in project planning, design, and implementation for stream channel/bank restoration, headwater and/or riparian wetland restoration; protection and restoration of watershed and floodplain processes and functions, and/or restoration of habitat connectivity.
  • Prepare project scoping documents, including goals, objectives, methods and outcomes.
  • Develop monitoring plans.
  • Deliver tools, data, analysis, field services and training to staff and partners.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Graduate Degree in science related field and 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing and interpreting scientific data.
  • Experience preparing reports of findings.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience are appreciated
  • Strong knowledge of computer technology and common software applications.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Proficient in GIS.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Some of the following:
  • Geomorphologic, hydrologic or hydraulic modeling capabilities related to stream, wetland, drainage, stormwater management and floodplains.
  • Rosgen or other stream assessment and design training and/or Natural stream channel and wetland creation design experience.
  • Ability to prepare engineering design plans, specifications and cost estimates.
  • Experience with environmental flow assessment and design.


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Job Title: Applied Scientist I

Location: Minnesota

Job ID: 45016

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Part-Time