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Environmental Specialist 1

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Job Class: Environmental Specialist 1
Job ID: 20118
Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Date Posted: 02/07/2018
Closing Date: 02/13/2018
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Pollution Control Agency
Division/Unit: North Biological Monitoring Unit
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
Days of Work: Monday - Thursday, 4-10+ hour days
Travel Required: Yes - up to 100%
Salary Range: $18.66 - $26.99 /hourly
Anticipated Start Date: May 16, 2018
Anticipated End Date: March 1, 2020
Location: Brainerd

Job Summary
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 water body assessments using invertebrate 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
Two (2) years of 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
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.

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 field work associated with monitoring projects. This may include loading/unloading vehicles and boats with field equipment, carrying equipment to sites, launching boats, or portaging canoes and wading in rocky or muddy rivers and streams. 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.

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.

How to Apply
Click “Apply” at the bottom of this page. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.
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If you have questions about the position, contact Jane Walton at