• State of Minnesota
  • $72,210.00 -102,700.00/year*
  • Marshall , MN
  • Scientific Research
  • Full-Time
  • 1345 MN-23

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Job Details

Job Class: Natural Resources Area HydrologistWorking Title: Area Hydrologist

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 06/13/2019

Closing Date: 06/26/2019

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources

Division/Unit: Ecological & Water Resources / ECO Waters R4 Northern Staff

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

Days of Work: Monday-Friday

Travel Required: Yes

Salary Range: $26.30 - $38.75/hourly; $54,914 - $80,910/annually

Classified Status: Classified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MAPE

Work Location: Marshall, MN

Employment Condition: Full-Time, Unlimited

FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional

Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

Job Summary

This position exists to ensure sustainability of the State's water resources through management of the activities of the public within a geographic work area comprised of the Yellow Medicine River (Minnesota River - Granite Falls), Redwood River and Cottonwood River major watersheds. For land use purposes, the work area is comprised of Lincoln, Lyon, Redwood and Yellow Medicine counties. This position also completes work assignments that involve state-wide projects and policy.


Minimum Qualifications:

If you meet the following minimum qualifications, within your application submit two attachments. In the resume attachment, include a copy of your resume. In the cover letter attachment, include a copy of your academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). These two attachments must be in either .doc or .pdf format. FAILURE TO SUBMIT THESE ATTACHMENTS WILL END YOUR CONSIDERATION FOR THE POSITION.

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering, Hydrology, Forest Hydrology, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Soil Science, Water Resources Management, Hydraulics, Environmental Science, Earth Science, or related major.
  • Coursework required:
  • Three hydrology qualifying courses in the areas of: Hydrology, Hydraulics, Hydrogeology/Groundwater Hydrology, Water Resources Engineering, Hydrologic Modeling, Watershed Management, Groundwater, Fluid Mechanics, Fluvial Geomorphology .
  • OR Two hydrology qualifying courses and two courses (or equivalent experience) in: Geology, Geomorphology, Geochemistry, Geography, Limnology, Erosion and Sediment Control, Environmental Engineering, Soils.

  • At least 3 years of total professional experience with 2 years of advanced professional experience at the Hydrologist 2 level or equivalent in surface water or groundwater hydrology, soil and water resource management, water planning or regulation, or related technical or or regulatory work. An advanced degree (Master's or Ph.D.) in the appropriate major (see education requirements) may substitute for 1 year of experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of hydrology, geology, hydraulics, engineering methods and modeling, watershed management, and natural resource management.
  • Understanding of erosion, sediment control and storm water management systems.
  • Experience with water resource planning and management in state, federal or local units of government.
  • Ability to interpret maps, hydrologic data, and studies and reports about lakes, streams, wetlands, geology, soils, MN County Biological Survey (MCBS), MN Land Cover Classification System (MLCCS), County Well Index (CWI), and aquifers and provide information to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to evaluate and supply technical reports, provide critical reviews, make decisions, and render solutions to water resource management problems.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of government officials, the public, and other DNR employees and to resolve conflicts that arise between competing users of available water resources.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, verbally and through public speaking and presentations.
  • Must possess human relationship and communication skills to effectively achieve understanding, consensus, and cooperation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced courses or work experience in hydrology, hydraulics, hydrogeology, geophysics, land surveying, land use planning and zoning, administration of official controls or water resources management, geographical Information System (GIS) and hand held Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment..
  • Experience in Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) planning and major watershed restoration and protection strategies (WRAPS).
  • Fundamental knowledge of zoning principles and comprehensive planning processes as well as experience working with land use regulations - including local government ordinances concerning shoreland and floodplain management.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the underlying laws, rules and policies that guide the Department's water and related land use management programs, and legislative & political processes.
  • Experience working with Watershed Districts and Soil and Water Conservation Districts in developing solutions to comprehensive water resource problems.
  • Experience and knowledge of public drainage ditch law, surface and subsurface drainage systems.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound bags of grout and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Additional Requirements

  • This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's License with a clear driving record*

It is our policy that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  • Employment Reference Check
  • SEMA4 Records Check
  • Criminal History Check
  • Education/ license verification

Application Details

Why Work For Us

The Department of Natural Resources is proud to operate within a Culture of Respect that provides a healthy, safe, and productive work environment for all employees. This means that our employees are supportive of a diverse workplace, are respectful to one another and to our customers. We believe that promoting a Culture of Respect allows our employees to do their best work in support of the agency's mission.

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 have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-###-####.

For additional information about the application process, go to .

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Heather Staff at ...@state.mn.us or fax to 651.###.#### by the job posting close date.


If you have questions about the position, contact Jim Sehl at ...@state.mn.us or 507.###.####.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages participation in all its programs, services and activities and does not discriminate against qualified applicants with disabilities. Anyone who believes they may need a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in the job application, interview or selection processes may contact any agency official with whom applicant has contact in the processing of their employment application to request an accommodation. Applicants may also contact the DNR's Affirmative Action office to request an accommodation by: E-mail: ...@state.mn.us or by calling Sarah Spence-Koivisto at 651.###.####; or using MN Relay 711.

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* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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