Wetland and Natural Resource Specialist via Idealist

Washington Conservation District

Oakdale, MN, US



LOCATION: Washington Conservation District (WCD) – Oakdale, MN

CLASSIFICATION: Specialist STATUS: Exempt, full-time position with benefits.

SALARY RANGE: $50,000-$79,000, Starting DOQ

HOURS/DAYS: Normal business hours, Monday – Friday. May require evening and weekend meetings. Flex time and compressed work schedule available.

Washington Conservation District (WCD) is accepting applications for a Wetland/Natural Resource Specialist. This is an advanced position that is responsible for providing technical expertise and support for wetland-related programs and other natural resource management efforts. The person selected for this position must balance field work, interagency coordination, positive public interaction, and detailed documentation to successfully support implementation of the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) and other programs.


  1. Reviewing wetland permit applications, conducting wetland delineations, confirming wetland boundaries, and evaluating wetland functions and values. Serving as member of the WCA Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP) and providing WCA administration. At least 50% of the position is wetland-related.
  1. Providing landowner technical assistance for BMPs, invasive species management, and conservation practices.
  1. Preparing grant applications, written reports, management plans, and newsletter articles.
  1. Conducting educational presentations, attending workshops, and providing landowner outreach.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor degree in hydrology, soil science, botany, biology, ecology, or related field. Three (3) years of experience as a wetlands professional including delineating wetlands, preparing wetland reports, conducting function assessments, and developing and implementing mitigation plans. Documented WCA implementation experience, including WCA administration. Must be a Certified Wetland Delineator or be certified within one year. Self-motivated, successful project management, effective communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to handle stressful situations are critical. Good computer skills are needed. Good driving record.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: An advanced degree in a directly related field. Knowledge and background in urban and/or agricultural BMPs. Experience with natural resource management, groundwater management, GIS, runoff modeling, erosion controls, site planning, and/or local ordinances. Successful grant writing experience.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves 50% outdoor work – outdoor work is more frequent during the growing season. Physical activities include walking on irregular terrain, frequent position changes, and lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 50 pounds regularly (and more occasionally). Exposures include heat, wet, cold, insects, and other aspects of field work in Minnesota. Indoor work is typical for a modern, professional office.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email to [email protected]. Application materials must be received by 4:00 p.m., Friday July 29, 2016. Interview candidates will contacted directly by the WCD Manager after an initial screening and assessment of qualifications.

CONDITIONS OF ANNOUNCEMENT: Washington Conservation District reserves the right to change the content of this announcement without notification and may at any time withdraw the announcement.