Environmental Specialist 1 (Biological Monitoring)

  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Brainerd, MN, USA
  • Nov 18, 2019
Temporary Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Science - Engineering Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Water Quality

Job Description

Who May Apply:  Open to all qualified job seekers
Days of Work:  Monday - Thursday, 4-10 hour days
Travel Required:  Yes - Up to 75% of the time

Job Summary

This posting may be used to fill more than one Temporary Environmental Specialist 1 position in Brainerd.

Recon sampling sites; Lead a crew of 1-4 students to sample approximately 50 sites per year for fish, invertebrates, habitat measurements, stream channel condition, and water chemistry in order to assess water quality of Minnesota's streams.

Help maintain field equipment, train students, and keep field records. Enter and manage data on Agency computers; Calculate summary data for each monitoring site and conduct QA/QC. Assist in conducting preassessment reviews of data.

Work hours are typically Monday - Thursday, 10 hour days with overnight travel.


Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in water related science or environmental protection, or related field.

OR a technical environmental degree (e.g., Natural Resources Technology A.A.S.) AND one year of technical/professional-level environmental protection experience;

OR two years of technical/professional-level environmental protection experience.

Ability to pass the MPCA fish identification test
Ability to work with data using Microsoft Excel and Access

Valid Driver's License

Preferred Qualifications

Field experience sampling fish, invertebrates using MPCA standard operating procedures
Course work in ichthyology, fisheries science, aquatic invertebrates, water chemistry or habitat.
Leadership experience in prior work, civic or school projects
Familiarity with biological indicators of water quality
Experience with statistical packages and graphics
Experience and or course work using GPS and or GIS equipment and software

Physical Requirements

Must be physically able to perform fieldwork associated with monitoring projects. This may include loading/unloading vehicles and boats with field equipment, carrying equipment to sites, launching boats, or portaging canoes. Frequently may need to lift and carry approximately 50 pounds in the water or over land. Capable of moderate physical exertion in summer heat and sun.

Driver’s License Requirements:

A driver’s license is an essential function of this position. This requires possession of an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License. The job offer is contingent on confirmation of a valid driver’s license AND a satisfactory DLR check.

Requires 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.


If you have questions about the position, contact Jane Walton at jane.walton@state.mn.us.

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Job Level



Government- State/Provincial


Salary Range: $19.90 - $28.78/hourly

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