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Seasonal Research and Monitoring Field Assistant (Apply)

Position closes: March 5, 2021
Hours/Week: 40
Full job description: PDF icon R&M - Field Assistant job description.pdf, PDF icon Employment Application.pdf

Salary: $20.14/hour

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 $15 million and employs a dedicated professional staff of 23 who work on natural resource planning, project development, land conservation, land use policy, water quality monitoring, permitting, education and communication.

MCWD offers competitive compensation, flexible work policies, 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 Field Assistant position is a six month seasonal position that will work within the Research & Monitoring (R&M) program. The R&M Field Assistant will perform technical work to assist in the implementation of the R&M program. The Field Assistant will coordinate with R&M program staff to collect hydrologic, chemical, and biological data from lakes and streams and prepare and coordinate the water samples for shipment for laboratory analysis. The Field Assistant will also install, operate, inspect and repair monitoring equipment. This position will also assist in ecological, water quality, and spatial data management.

This position is right for a candidate with experience in water quality sampling protocols and monitoring equipment, fish sampling, and vegetation surveys. The ideal candidate will possess the ability to follow standard operating procedures and the ability to trailer and operate motorized watercraft.

Qualifications for the position include an Associates/Technical degree with coursework in environmental sciences, natural resources or a related field.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and application form to For questions about the job duties please contact Brian Beck at 952-471-8306 or