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Aquatic Ecologist - Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

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Job Type: Full-Time

Starting Salary Range: $64,040 to $76,848; DOQ

Closing Date: June 10, 2019

About the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is a local unit of government responsible for managing and protecting the water resources within the 178 square miles that drain into the Minnehaha Creek and ultimately the Mississippi River. Over the past 50 years, the MCWD has implemented over 70 projects, conserved and restored over 700 acres of land, and implemented countless partnerships in an effort to protect some of our state’s most iconic resources.

MCWD believes that clean water and a healthy natural environment are essential ingredients in creating vibrant, sustainable communities. The lakes, streams, wetlands, and green space that make up the MCWD landscape create a sense of place that provides a local identity, adds economic value and increases well-being. This belief is core to our mission of working with public and private partners to protect and improve land and water for generations to come.

MCWD is looking forward to the next decade as we continue to implement our vision through our newly adopted Watershed Management Plan. With its driven staff, strong Board of Managers, and growing partnerships, MCWD is poised for continued success.

MCWD has an annual budget of $15 million and employs a dedicated professional staff of 26 who work on natural resource planning, project development, land conservation, land use policy, water quality monitoring, permitting, education and communication.

MCWD offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, tuition reimbursement, professional development, opportunities for growth, and a collaborative work environment. As a result you will find a culture that supports staff coordination, innovation and execution, with the purpose of improving the MCWD’s delivery of service to its constituents.

Position Description/Summary of Position

Research and Monitoring Program’s purpose is to assess the ecological and water quality conditions of lakes, streams, and wetlands within the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD). The role of the Aquatic Ecologist position is to assess ecological and biological conditions of MCWD’s aquatic systems, recommend strategies for improving ecological health, and assist the implementation of ecological enhancement or protection projects. This position will support multidisciplinary teams within MCWD and with partner agencies by providing high quality ecological datasets, developing compelling data driven stories, and identifying projects to support MCWD’s vision, mission, and goals.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree with coursework in aquatic ecology, aquatic biology, conservation biology, environmental science, or related field and 2-5 years of experience in natural resource assessment, ecological systems management, biological data analysis, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of aquatic ecology, fish biology, invertebrate biology, and biological conservation
  • Knowledge of biological community and habitat survey methodologies
  • Thorough written and oral communication skills, including presentation and facilitation skills
  • Innovative mindset with an ability to adapt and adjust in a fast paced, team-oriented environment
  • Experience and ability to work productively in the Microsoft Office Suite, and ArcGIS;
  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in natural sciences such as ecology, conservation biology, plant ecology, wildlife ecology, landscape ecology, water resource science, or other closely related fields;
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, design, implement, and lead ecological management programs;
  • Demonstrated experience and familiarity with statistical analysis of ecological and biological data, and experience in the use of a statistical programming language (i.e., R, Python, SAS).

To Apply

For more information or to apply please visit the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District website at