Senior Legal and Program Advisor

Board of Water and Soil Resources

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Division/Unit: Executive/Strategy and Operations
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes
  • Salary Range: $38.87 – $55.84/hourly; $81,160 – $116,593/annually
  • Classified Status: Unclassified
  • Employment Condition: Full Time Limited
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214/MAPE
  • Work Location: St Paul
  • End Date: Position duration is three (3) years
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: No

Job Summary

This position will provide legal and related policy analysis and develop, promote and support initiatives for the utilization, conservation, and long-term protection of Minnesota’s water and soil resources by engaging in: effective policy assessment; drafting of state law, rules, policy, and guidance; program evaluation; research and study; case law analysis; compliance means and measures; and evaluating federal and state policy development and program integration.

The following job duties are related to the project management aspects of this position.

  • Direct, lead, and manage legal assessments and related organizational program efforts to optimize agency operations and management and increase organizational performance and partnerships.
  • Analyze and determine project and consultative responsibilities for specific Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) projects or programs in coordination with the leadership team.

NOTE: This is a temporary unclassified position with a duration of up to three (3) years.


Minimum Qualifications


Law Degree or Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Hydrology, Biology, Geology, Natural Resources, Water and Land Management, Soil Science, Environmental Science, Civil/Agricultural/Environmental Engineering, Planning, or a closely-related or relevant field such as Public Administration. 


Five years of professional experience in natural resource and environmental management and the demonstrated ability to apply that knowledge to multiple agency programs.


Three years of experience in program or project management which must include experience in project management processes, change management, plan development, risk assessment, team building, policy writing, and/or resource management.


  • The structure of federal, state and local government and other roles and relationships in the management of natural resources.
  • Political and legal processes related to water and soil conservation and watershed management.
  • Project management processes sufficient to lead teams.


  • Provide legal and related program and administrative leadership to employees and partners involved to develop legislative initiatives and adroitly maneuver within the legislative process.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with a variety of clientele, including state, local and federal agency staff, board members, and elected and appointed officials.
  • Evaluate, interpret and develop sound recommendations for complex scientific, technical and programmatic issues related to statewide clean water, habitat, wetland, and soil and water conservation programs.
  • Contribute to agency policy, inter-agency agreements and/or rules and regulations development.
  • Assess, design, and execute aspects of plans and planning programs.
  • Serving as a legal and policy advisor or consultant to program staff and senior leadership teams.
  • Assessing, designing, or implementing legal aspects of business operations processes.
  • Explain complex technical, scientific, political and legal topics to staff, the public, and partners orally and in writing.
  • Present, discuss and explain controversial matters in a clear and professional manner.
  • Conduct public speaking engagements with an interesting and informative presentation approach.
  • Work efficiently and independently without close supervision.
  • Manage disputes, compliance and confidential matters when required.
  • Requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver’s license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three years of experience in policy or program development and a strong background in natural resource management.
  • Knowledge of local government operations and authorities, and familiarity with fiscal and project management techniques and legislative processes.
  • Three years of demonstrated successful budgetary or operational management.
  • Strong background in facilitation or communication strategies.

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

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

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 Minnesota 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.

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If you have questions about the position, contact John Jaschke at or 651/296-0878.


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 Please indicate what assistance you need.