Land and Water Supervisor- Environment and Energy Department

  • Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • Oct 01, 2016
Full time Natural Resources Water Quality Wetlands and Watershed Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description

The Environment and Energy Department, Environment Protection Division is seeking a Land and Water Supervisor with experience in natural resource programs and services including the provision of technical and financial assistance to landowners and local governments regarding natural resource management and protection and the coordination with a variety of entities on water resource management. This work is guided by the county's board adopted Natural Resources Strategic Plan and the county's role as a soil and water conservation district.  This current vacancy is located in the 701 Building in downtown Minneapolis.
The mission of Hennepin County's Environment and Energy Department is to preserve and enhance Hennepin County's environment for the future generations through the responsible management of wastes and natural resources and the promotion of environmental stewardship.
The primary duties and responsibilities of this position include:
Develop, plan, prioritize, implement and evaluate natural resource related programs and services in the county.
Maintain relationships and coordinate program work with federal, state and local entities (including watersheds, cities, park districts, BWSR, DNR, Met Council) and internal county departments.
Ensure compliance with BWSR performance review and assistance program (PRAP) requirements associated with the county assuming the duties and authorities of a soil and water conservation district.
Review watershed plans, amendments and levy requests; prepare necessary documents for county board.
Present information on programs and services to various audiences including county board, other departments, cities, and watersheds and provide general leadership to the Hennepin County Natural Resources Partnership forum series.
Provide recommendations to department administration on budget, policy and legislative issues related to natural resources and monitor division budget.
Promote and oversee the county's grant programs (e.g. natural resources and aquatic invasive species grants) and seek to leverage outside resources to remediate natural resource impairments; coordinate required associated annual grant reporting (e.g. eLink reporting).
Prepare annual accomplishment reports that measure project and program activities against the goals, objectives and strategies in the county's Natural Resources Strategic Plan.
Supervise staff and coordinate unit work with other division supervisors.
Answer citizen/customer questions or complaints regarding staff, services, and programs.

Best Qualified Candidates will have:
Bachelor's degree or higher in physical or natural sciences or a closely related field and four years or more of experience in environmental field related programs.
Experience in water resource management aspects including:
Federal, state and local regulations and programs regarding wetlands, stormwater and impaired waters.
Best management practices for protecting and improving water resources.
Directing a work team and/or projects
Working with internal and external partners to build consensus and develop policy and solutions related to natural resource issues.
Directing and supervising staff in the development and delivery of natural resource related programs.
Coordinating the preparation of grant applications, implementation of grants and grant reporting.

Ability to:
Communicate effectively with staff at all levels of the organization including conducting effective presentations and the ability to write clearly and concisely.
Plan and prepare reports regarding unit programs and activities.
Prepare and recommend budget proposals.
Lead, organize and manage multiple projects.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, state and local governments, and co-workers including teams comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds, knowledge or expertise.
Understand policy and management implications of program issues and make recommendations.

Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. A background check will be completed post-interview.

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.
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Job Level



Government- Local/Regional


$55,679.52 - $95,794.00 Annually