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Permitting Assistant (Apply)

Staff Contact: Katherine Sylvia
Position closes: Open until filled
Hours/Week: 40
Full job description: PDF icon Permitting Assistant_2018.pdf

Salary Range: $14/hr
Open until filled, application review begins April 9, 2018

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 Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, Minnehaha Creek and ultimately the Mississippi River. Over the past 50 years, the MCWD has acquired and maintained a comprehensive data set of the District’s natural resources which has supported implementation of over 70 capital projects and conserved and restored over 700 acres of land.

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 $12 million and employs a dedicated professional staff of 24 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, flexible work policies, 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.

Summary of Position:

The Permitting Assistant is a full-time entry level position within the Permitting Department. The Permitting Assistant will join a team that works cross-departmentally to protect and enhance natural resources within the Minnehaha Creek watershed through the administration of rules, enforcing compliance, and promoting partnerships to achieve greater natural resource outcomes than can be achieved solely through regulation.

The Permitting Assistant performs a key role in the Permitting Department by processing land-use and water resource permit applications according to District regulations, managing the permit database, conducting construction site inspections, and coordinating with Cities to ensure compliance within the District. The Permitting Assistant provides exceptional customer service when working with permit applicants to inform their project planning and guide them in maximizing water resource benefit and land use goals. The Permitting Assistant also provides assistance as needed to the Permitting Technicians and Department Lead in advancing Department initiatives.

The successful candidate will possess strong abilities in written and oral communications, problem solving, critical thinking, technical writing, and customer service.

Qualifications for the position include an Associates/Technical degree with coursework in environmental science, natural resources, or a related field. Bachelor’s degree and related experience preferred.

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume and application form to admin@minnehahacreek.org. For questions about the job duties, please contact Katherine Sylvia at 952-473-2855 or ksylvia@minnehahacreek.org.

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Research & Monitoring Program Manager (Apply)

Staff Contact: James Wisker
Position closes: Open until filled
Hours/Week: 40
Full job description: PDF icon Research and Monitoring Program Manager Position Description.pdf

Salary Range: $56,000 - $80,000, starting salary range determined by level of experience
Open until filled
, application review begins March 30, 2018

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 Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, Minnehaha Creek and ultimately the Mississippi River. Over the past 50 years, the MCWD has acquired and maintained a comprehensive data set of the District’s natural resources which has supported implementation of over 70 capital projects and conserved and restored over 700 acres of land.

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 $12 million and employs a dedicated professional staff of 24 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, flexible work policies, 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

The Research and Monitoring (R&M) program is the foundation of the District’s sound science brand, the essential component in supporting the District’s mission of protecting and enhancing the landscape. The R&M Program Manager will oversee the implementation of the District’s R&M program which manages a $1 million annual budget and oversees a staff of five (5). The R&M Program Manager will inform and directly support the planning and delivery of capital projects and other successful District initiatives by diagnosing drivers and stressors of the District’s water resources. Additionally the R&M Program Manager will provide ongoing leadership, management, and professional development for R&M staff, fostering a high performing team environment.

This position is right for a skilled water resource professional with a passion for protecting and restoring the environment. The ideal candidate will have thorough knowledge on statistical and analytical approaches for hydrologic, chemical, physical, and biological assessments in lakes, streams and wetlands; thorough knowledge of water quality laboratory methods and protocols, sample preparation and processing, QA/QC protocols, and database management; thorough understanding of water quality monitoring equipment; thorough knowledge of statistical sampling design for streams, lakes, and wetlands; a familiarity with the application of water quality hydraulic and hydrologic models such as P8, WinSLAMM, SWMM, etc.; and is able to create a working environment to motivate and develop the skills and abilities of assigned personnel.

Qualifications for the position include a Bachelor’s degree in water resource science, natural resource science, or related field and a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in environmental monitoring, data collection, modeling and reporting or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master’s degree is preferred.

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume and application form to admin@minnehahacreek.org. For questions about the job duties, please contact James Wisker, District Administrator, at 952-641-4509 or jwisker@minnehahacreek.org.

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