• State of Minnesota
  • $72,210.00 -102,700.00/year*
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Scientific Research
  • Full-Time
  • 312 Erie St

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Job Details

Job Class: Hydrologist 1Working Title: Monitoring Hydrologist

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers.

Date Posted: 03/01/2019

Closing Date: 03/14/2019

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

Division/Unit: Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division (PFMD)/Monitoring and Assessment Unit (MAU)

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

Days of Work: Monday - Friday

Travel Required: Yes

Salary Range: $22.20 - $30.25/hourly; $46,354 - $63,162/annually

Classified Status: Classified

Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

Job Summary

This position will provide hydrogeologic expertise to the Monitoring and Assessment Unit through the development and implementation of protocols and procedures for groundwater quality monitoring studies, the analysis and reporting of water quality data and the general assessment of the impacts of agricultural chemicals on water quality in Minnesota. This position will be responsible for coordination and collection of water quality samples from private drinking water wells, monitoring wells and surface water locations. This position will also be responsible for researching, compiling and managing data associated with the private wells and groundwater quality and reporting on the data collected.


Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree in geology, hydrogeology or a closely related degree that contains a minimum of two courses in hydrogeology or related groundwater classes. All applicants who are invited to interview may be required to bring a copy of their college transcript(s) prior to the interview.

A good working knowledge of soil science, contaminant transport, corrective action techniques, water quality and quality measurement equipment.

The ability to perform complex statistical and trend analysis on water monitoring data.

Knowledge of water resources management and organic chemistry.

Knowledge of local, state and federal water resource protection programs.

Strong project coordination skills.

The ability to communicate one-one-one and to write clear and concise technical reports.

The ability to effectively represent MDA before a variety of groups relative to social, economic and environmental issues.

The ability to celebrate diversity and a strong commitment to a respectful and inclusive work environment.

Must have a valid driver's license and an acceptable motor vehicle record subject to review.

Preferred Qualifications

An advanced degree in geology, hydrogeology or a related field.

Licensure as a professional geoscientist by the state of Minnesota or licensure as a professional geoscientist by another equivalent state or eligibility for licensure in Minnesota by comity. The state and license number must be submitted in order to be considered.

Extensive coursework in hydrogeology, contaminant fate and transport and environmental chemistry.

Direct experience (including farming experience) or significant training in use and management of pesticides or inorganic fertilizers in an agricultural setting.

Experience with GIS and hydrological modeling and practical experience developing or managing an electronic data management system.

Application Details

Why Work For Us

This position provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in environmental monitoring for agricultural chemicals. Minnesota's groundwater and surface water pesticide monitoring program is recognized as one of the most comprehensive in the nation. Working with a group of experienced hydrogeologists/hydrologists and a world class laboratory you will be part of a program that is at the forefront of information gathering on issues critical to modern agricultural production and environmental protection.

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

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If you have questions about the position, contact Bill VanRyswyk at ...@state.mn.us or 507-###-####.

Connect 700 applicants contact Tracy Ohmann at ...@state.mn.us 651.###.####.


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-###-#### or email ...@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance you need.

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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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