Monitoring Specialist

Board of Water and Soil Resources

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 12/22/2023
  • Closing Date: 01/31/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Board of  Water & Soil Resources/MAPE
  • Division/Unit: BWSR/ Wetland Banking
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes Est Day 10% – Est overhight 5%
  • Salary Range: $30.55 – $45.02 / hourly; $63,788 – $94,001 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: MAPE/214
  • Work Location: St. Paul
  • Supervisor Name: Dennis Rodacker
  • Anticipated Start Date: 03/13/2024
  • Hybrid Eligible: Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

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Job Summary

The Monitoring Specialist with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) serves as the wetland bank easement monitoring program manager statewide.  The primary function is to develop, coordinate and implement vegetation and hydrologic monitoring/implementation plans and manage vegetation management contracts for the Local Government Road Wetland Replacement Program (LGRWRP).

  • Develops and manages the easement compliance program. 
  • Developing long-term program policies, procedures, and strategies for easement monitoring compliance and enforcement.
  • Overseeing up to three seasonal workers working on compliance related project/program.
  • Conduct and lead federal grant studies on the long-term condition of wetland mitigation sites, including developing and managing budgets and reports.
  • Seasonal travel to LGRWRP wetland banks to perform monitoring tasks and management of vegetation management vendors.

The position is afforded considerable flexibility in scheduling their work week to accommodate field and office work. They are expected to manage their 80 hours of work within a two-week time period in accordance with the appropriate bargaining unit of the State’s contract with the MAPE.

There is considerable interaction with other wetland banking staff, the Wetland Conservation Act Operations Supervisor and his/her staff, technical services staff, and the Wetland Section Manager.

Hybrid arrangements are available based on supervisor approval and demonstrated ability to provide efficient completion of duties.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Demonstrated academic training in principals of ecology and natural resource management.

  • Three years of advanced professional experience in natural resource management field related to wetland science, including wetland hydrology and vegetation monitoring, wetland delineation, wetland typing, and wetland functional assessment.

  • Must be proficient in wetland delineation and can apply basic wetland and natural community classification systems to projects and sites throughout the state.

  • Experience in project management including developing and managing contracts and budgets.

  • Must be proficient in the use of ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro.

  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills that include the ability to explain technical matters to the public.

  • Ability to operate independently as well as in a team environment to prioritize work and complete specified tasks and objectives in a timely manner.

  • Ability to critically review and provide recommendations on technical reports, applications, and associated documents related to wetlands and other natural resources.

  • Proficient in the use of word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet software such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel including utilizing technologies in virtual meetings.

  • Ability to work effectively and respectively with the public, other government entities, and colleagues to reasonably apply technical and policy matters to a wide range of situations and circumstances in a regulatory environment.

  • Must be a certified Minnesota Wetland Professional per Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program (MWPCP) or acquire within two (2) years. Necessary classes and training related to obtaining certification will be provided by the hiring agency if needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in conservation, natural resources, or related field.

  • Experience developing wetland banking applications and vegetative/ hydrologic monitoring plans.

  • Experience monitoring wetland banking sites and managing wetland credit releases.

  • Certified Minnesota Wetland Professional per Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program administered by BWSR.

  • Experience overseeing other staff or interns.

Physical Requirements

Medium Work – occasionally lifting articles such as 50-pound bags of feed maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Requires the ability to walk in and around wetlands during adverse field conditions such as at times of high heat and humidity, in rough terrain, through standing water and with mosquitos and other biting insects. Requires occasional use of a soil auger and shovel to observe subsurface soil characteristics. Requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and laptops, environmental equipment or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree and at times may involve sitting for extended periods during meetings.

Additional Requirements

This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License with a clear driving record.

It is policy of the Board of Water and Soil Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  1. Employment Reference Check
  2. SEMA4 Records Check
  3. Criminal History Check
  4. 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 Dennis Rodacker at dennis.rodacker@state.mn.us or 651-666 -0913.

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 at 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.


AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.

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