Environmental Specialist 1 – Aquatic Biologist (2 year appointment)-Minnesota

Agency
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Location
Brainerd, MN
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
18.66/hr
Start Date
05/16/2018
Last Date to Apply
02/13/2018
Website
https://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/biological-monitoring-water-minnesota
Description
Funding for this position is secured for 2 years, with potential for extension. The selected candidate will have a strong background in both Minnesota aquatic macroinvertebrates and stream fish. 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 macroinvertebrate data. Work hours are typically Monday - Thursday, 10 hour days with overnight travel.
Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications A Bachelor's degree in water related science or environmental protection, or related field OR Two (2) years of professional-level environmental protection experience AND 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. 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 To apply: - Visit https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/search-for-jobs/ - Click the External Applicant Tab - Search for position # 20118 - click the apply button For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers. Contact If you have questions about the position, contact Jane Walton at jane.walton@state.mn.us.
Contact Person
Nathan Sather
Contact eMail
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