Easement Acquisition Specialist

Board of Water and Soil Resources

  • Job ID: 58493

  • Location: Various

  • Full/Part Time: Full-Time

  • Regular/Temporary: Unlimited

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted: 09/30/2022

  • Closing Date10/20/2022

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Board Water & Soil Resources

  • Division/Unit: Easement Programs Unit

  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday

  • Travel Required: No

  • Salary Range: $22.94 – $33.30/hourly; $47,898 – $69,530/annually

  • Classified Status: Classified

  • Employment Condition: Full Time Unlimited

  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE

  • Work Location: Bemidji, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Mankato, Marshall, Rochester, St. Paul, Waite Park (St Cloud)

  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes


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.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in conservation, geography, business administration or closely related field AND two (2) years of experience in real estate transactions or GIS OR three (3) years of experience in real estate transaction and/or GIS.

  • 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 statutes, rules and policies 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 occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Additional Requirements

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

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

How to Apply

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of the MN Careers page and submit an application/resume that clearly describes how you meet the qualifications listed above. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/career.

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Patty Sweep at patty.sweep@state.mn.us by the job posting close.     


If you have questions about the position, contact Lucy Dahl at lucy.Dahl@state.mn.us or 651/358-8676.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. 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. Please indicate what assistance you need.