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State of Minnesota Watershed Student Worker Para Prof in Rochester, Minnesota

Job Summary

Job Summary

This position assists MPCA and local government staff developing Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) reports and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) including the supporting information that goes into the reports. The position will also assist with conducting water quality monitoring and stressor identification for lakes, streams, and rivers in the Lower Mississippi River Basin. Principal responsibilities include the management and analysis of flow and water quality data as well as Geographic Information System (GIS) and spreadsheet work for WRAPS and TMDL development. As the work of EAO is critical to the Watershed Division's WRAPS work, the student worker could also provide data management support to the Load Monitoring Program as needed. Secondary responsibilities include some field data collection, conducting small research and GIS projects, and developing educational materials.


Minimum Qualifications:

College student with a major in a field related to environmental protection. Completed course work in mathematics, chemistry, or other biological/environmental science.

(To be eligible for appointment as a Student Worker you must be a student enrolled in an educational program or planning to enroll within three months. Students may be "off" for the summer or for one semester/quarter and remain employed as student workers, but such absences cannot exceed one semester/quarter in a year. As a student you must be enrolled in high school or in a post-secondary or graduate program. If a student is enrolled at a credit-granting institution he/she must carry at least six semester (nine quarter) credits. If enrolled at a non-credit granting institution or one that only offers one credit per class, a student must be taking two or more classes per semester/quarter. Any lesser credit (class) load shall be treated as a semester/quarter off. Graduate students must be enrolled in at least two courses or making progress on a dissertation. You will be asked to complete an Educational Verification form prior to appointment.)

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in, or knowledge of watershed work.

Experience in GIS, basic statistics, general chemistry, college algebra. Ability to organize and manage large amounts of data.

Experience in water quality monitoring in-stream.

Good computer and data management skills.

Physical Requirements

Up to eight hours per day outdoor field work, sometimes in inclement weather. Requires traversing uneven ground, reaching to install equipment, and may involve working from a canoe or small boat. This person will be required to lift up to 50 pounds from the back of a pick-up truck and carry equipment.

Additional Requirements

A driver’s license is an essential function of this position. This requires possession of an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License. The job offer is contingent on confirmation of a valid driver’s license AND a satisfactory driver's license record check.

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.

Application Details

Why Work For Us

Our mission is to protect and improve the environment and enhance human health. We work with many partners (citizens, communities, and businesses, all levels of government, environmental groups and educators) to prevent pollution, conserve resources, and to help ensure pollution does not have a disproportionate impact on any groups of people.

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. We emphasize work-life balance, and strive to have an inclusive workplace for everyone.

How to Apply

Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.


If you have questions about the position, contact Jane Walton at jane.walton@state.mn.us.


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.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance you need.

Job Title: Watershed Student Worker Para Prof

Location: Rochester

Job ID: 34013

Regular/Temporary: Limited

Full/Part Time: Part-Time

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 07/11/2019

Closing Date: 07/17/2019

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Pollution Control Agency / Pollution Control-AFSCME

Hiring Agency: Pollution Control Agency / Pollution Control-AFSCME

Division/Unit: Watershed / SE Watershed Unit

Work Shift: flexible

Work Hours: flexible

Work Shift/Work Hours: flexible

Days of Work: flexible

Travel Required: Yes - up to 10%

Salary Range: $14.47 - $16.95/hourly

Classified Status: Unclassified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 207 - Technical/AFSCME

Work Area: Technical

End Date: 08/06/2021

Job Class: Student Worker Para Professional

Working Title: Watershed Student Worker Para Prof