State Program Admin Senior – Easement Acquisition Specialist Senior

Board of Water and Soil Resources

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 04/30/2022
  • Closing Date: 05/20/2022
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Board of Water & Soil Resources
  • Division/Unit: Programs & Policy/Easements
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes
  • Salary Range: $24.63 – $36.12/hourly; $51,427 – $75,418/annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Employment Condition: Full Time Unlimited
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • Work Location: St Paul, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Mankato, Marshall, Rochester or Waite Park
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

This position exists to provide administrative and technical real estate expertise to all aspects of the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Conservation Easement Programs and Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) Wetland Mitigation Programs.  The incumbent participates in program administration including recommending, developing and implementing policies and procedures for the Easement Acquisition Unit within the Easement Section.

The incumbent is responsible for the ensuring that easements to be acquired by BWSR meet all legal and programmatic requirements. Responsibilities in this area include providing guidance, training and technical assistance to clientele and Easement Section staff, implementing the legal description and Exhibit “A” process, executing land acquisition transactions, and amending existing easements as needed. Follow up responsibilities include resolving disputes with clients including Federal partners and landowners and negotiating changes to existing acquisitions.

This position may have the option to telework on a part time basis in the future.  The employee will be required to complete a telework agreement.


Minimum Qualifications

The posting is being used to fill one (1) position in one (1) of the following locations: St Paul, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Mankato, Marshall, Rochester, or Waite Park. Location is negotiable upon hire.

  • Bachelor’s degree in hydrology, soil science, land use planning, natural resource management, environmental science, conservation, geographic information systems (GIS), real estate, or closely related field.
  • Two (2) years professional work experience in land conservation programs with an emphasis in easement acquisition and/or project management.
  • Experience reviewing title insurance commitments and assessing the risks associated with existing property encumbrances.
  • Experience using GIS/GPS, ArcMap, interpreting aerial photos, and producing and reviewing legal descriptions sufficient to produce and evaluate data and documents.
  • Oral and written communications skills sufficient to explain technical matters to staff, officials of local government units, and the general public; lead and facilitate public and private meetings, convey information accurately, stimulate feedback and discussion, and confirm decisions made.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with a variety of customers, including state, local and federal agency staff, board members, and private individuals.
  • Project management skills sufficient to manage many concurrent activities, coordinate and organize the work of others, identify critical paths, perform project risk assessments, and identify, define, sequence, prioritize, schedule, and assign resources
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously and manage frequent change, delays or unexpected events by adapting, recommending and/or developing appropriate alternative solutions.
  • Time management skills sufficient to make decisions and met deadlines sometimes with incomplete information, under tight deadlines, and pressure by unforeseeable events and/or emergencies.
  • Organizational and time management skills sufficient to prioritize workload, meet required deadlines, initiate and follow-up on activities independently.
  • Negotiation, mediation, and interpersonal management skills to resolve personnel and interagency conflict.
  • Ability to maintain self-motivation and work independently.
  • Human relations, coaching, collaborative, persuasion, and team building skills sufficient to effectively work with diverse interests, gain cooperation for new approaches, resolve complex program problems with internal and external partners to accomplish common conservation objectives.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Acrobat, and other applicable software to develop and/or maintain information, guidance, tools, and outreach material including utilizing technologies in virtual meetings.
  • 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

  • Advanced degree in hydrology, soil science, land use planning, natural resource management, environmental science, conservation, geographic information systems (GIS), real estate, or closely related field.
  • Experience examining titles, deeds, abstracts and other real estate related documents
  • Knowledge of the Minnesota wetland bank program.
  • Knowledge of the legal process required to amend existing easements.
  • Ability to provide positive guidance to local government, state and federal partners, and Conservation Easement Section clients.
  • Ability to provide qualitative and quantitative analysis of easement program statute, rules, and policy to evaluate data.
  • Ability to accurately assess program compliance, review easement material, and understand related real estate easement transactions
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, the structure, organizational procedures, and dynamics of local, regional, state and federal governments and their boards and affiliated associations.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties. 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.

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 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 are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Bobbie Donat at by the job posting close.     


If you have questions about the position, contact Lucy Dahl at 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.

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