Easement Acquisition Specialist

Board of Water and Soil Resources

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 02/05/2024
  • Closing Date: 02/26/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Water & Soil Resources Board /MAPE
  • Division/Unit: BWSR / Easement Programs Unit
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes < 5 %
  • Salary Range: $24.20 – $35.13 / hourly; $50,529 – $73,351 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Hybrid Eligible: Yes
  • Location: Bemidji, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Mankato, Marshall, Rochester, St. Paul, Waite Park (St Cloud)
  • Supervisor: Lucy Dahl
  • 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 position provides technical expertise for BWSR’s conservation easement programs.  The incumbent assists in the easement acquisition process through review of ownership and legal descriptions for easement lands; identifying title problems and mediating solutions; and development of documents required for easement acquisition including legal descriptions and maps using GIS software.


Minimum Qualifications

  • A) Bachelor’s degree in conservation, geography, business administration or closely related field AND two (2) years of experience in real estate transactions and/or GIS mapping;


  • B) Four (4) years of experience in real estate transactions and/or GIS mapping.

  • Experience mapping with ArcGIS or similar program.

  • Interpersonal skills sufficient to interact in a professional manner and work with all parties interested in conservation easement programs; including landowners, SWCD staff and real estate/title attorneys. 

  • Communication skills sufficient to communicate program statute, rule and policy to all parties.

  • Ability to work in a team environment and maintain a positive working environment.

  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and adapt to changing program requirements, financial resources and administrative changes.

  • Ability to read and comprehend program related material (statute, rule, easement documents, title documents, legal interpretations on land transactions, etc.) in order to interpret and apply them to individual circumstances or situations.

  • Ability to provide qualitative and quantitative analysis of easement program statute, rule, policy and data to evaluate, provide program effectiveness assessment, understand program compliance and recommend program administrative changes.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience examining property titles, deeds, abstracts and other real estate related documents.

  • Experience preparing maps and legal descriptions and related functions.

  • Ability to advise and inform clientele on programs, eligibility requirements, processes, criteria for access to programs, and other pertinent information regarding BWSR easement activities.

  • Knowledge of BWSR easements program including program compliance to inform interested participants, conservation partners, title insurance agents, lenders and other parties.

Physical Requirements

Requires maintaining a stationary position for long periods of time, reaching, grasping and using hands and fingers to operate a computer and keyboard. 

Additional Requirements

Must be able to travel occasionally for staff meetings and training purposes.

It is policy of the Board of Water & Soil 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 the MN Careers 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 Lucy Dahl at lucy.dahl@state.mn.us or 651-358-8676.

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 Patricia Sweep patricia.sweep@state.mn.us.

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.


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.