Environmental Specialist 1 (Stressor ID Specialist)

  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Brainerd, MN, United States
  • Nov 22, 2016
Full time Biology/Ecology Research Water Quality Wetlands and Watershed Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

 
Job Summary
This position will serve as a stressor identification specialist in support of the 10-year major watershed restoration and protection cycle. The incumbent investigates watersheds to identify and analyze pollutant sources and biological stressors.  The position performs field work and data collection in the north central region of the State and collaborates with watershed project managers.

Job duties include:
  • Major watershed project planning, scheduling and monitoring;
  • Data analysis and quality assurance;
  • Writing technical stressor identification reports; and
  • Providing stressor identification training and technical assistance to staff and partners.
QualificationsMinimum Qualifications
 
A Bachelor's degree in environmental science, conservation, chemistry, biology or related field; OR two years of professional-level environmental protection experience;
Effective communication, writing, computer, problem solving, analysis and interpersonal skills;
Ability to take direction, follow standard operating procedures, manage and prioritize multiple assignments, and work effectively independently and on teams to complete assignments in a timely manner; and
Ability to travel up to 10%.
A 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:
Demonstrated understanding of:
  • Watershed dynamics and the importance of proper land use as it relates to water quality and water quality improvement;
  • US EPA stressor identification process for determining impairments of biological communities;
  • Geomorphic principles and application, aquatic ecology;
  • Fish and aquatic invertebrate identification and field sampling using benthic sampling equipment;
  • Process of developing total maximum daily load studies (TMDLs) for impaired water bodies; and
  • State and federal environmental regulations related to water quality along with MPCA policies and goals relevant to the Watershed Program.
 Demonstrated ability to analyze complex technical data and reports and genera sound technical recommendations
 Effective technical writing and public presentations skills to effectively communicate technical concepts to diverse audiences.
 Proficiency with relational databases and GIS software.

Physical Requirements:
Requires the ability to perform field work, traversing uneven terrain in diverse weather conditions.

Closing Date: 11/29/2016
 
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Job Level

Entry-level, Mid-level

Sector

Government- State/Provincial

Salary

Salary Range: $18.66 - $26.99 /hourly; $38,962 - $56,355/annually