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State of Minnesota NR Area Hydrologist in Bemidji, Minnesota

Working Title: NR Area Hydrologist

Job Class: Natural Resources Area Hydrologist

Agency: MN Department of Natural Resources

  • Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted : 05/24/2023

  • Closing Date : 06/13/2023

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Department of Natural Resources

  • Division/Unit : Division of Ecological and Water Resources

  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift

  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday

  • Travel Required : Yes - Field visits for site inspections or data collection, internal and external meetings.

  • Salary Range: $28.96 - $42.67 / hourly; $60,468 - $89,094 / annually

  • Classified Status : Classified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE

  • FLSA Status : Exempt - Professional

  • Telework Eligible : Yes

  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities (https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/diverse-workforce/people-with-disabilities/connect700/) : Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

The Division of Ecological and Water Resources is seeking to hire two (2) NR Area Hydrologists located in Bemidji and Park Rapids. These positions exists to ensure sustainability of the State’s water resources within a geographic work area which is comprised of Lake of the Woods, Clear Water, and Beltrami counties for the Bemidji location and comprised of Cass, Hubbard, and Wadena counties for the Park Rapids location. These positions also completes work assignments that involve state-wide projects and/or policy. The Park Rapids position work location will have an option for Bemidji or Park Rapids. The Bemidji position work location will be in Bemidji.


  • Provide advanced technical and planning assistance to state agencies, local government units, watershed districts, lake, river, and watershed associations and other teams in the development of watershed studies, including major Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS).

  • Provide planning and technical expertise to help local government units, interest groups and landowners develop and implement projects designed to protect or restore watershed functions with the goal of restoring impaired waters and protecting unimpaired waters, ultimately through long-term restoration or protection of ecosystem health .

  • Promote and implement water resource conservation and sustainability.

  • Conduct technical analysis and provide assistance to the general public, local units of government and other resource professionals so that data, information, and regulations may be correctly interpreted to guide sustainable management of our water resources

  • Develop and expand partnerships with the general public and other governmental agencies to improve collaboration and better integrate responsibilities among resource managers.

  • Provide early coordination on proposed ideas and projects which will affect natural resources, and review formal environmental review documents so that environmental impacts and documents are completed consistent with the legal parameters prescribed in state water laws.

  • Ensure water resource projects conducted within public waters are completed and sustained in accordance with applicable State statutes and rules.

This position has a flexible work arrangement and may be eligible to telework on a full or part-time basis which is subject to change. If approved, the employee would be required to complete a telework agreement.

Minimum Qualifications

Transcripts are required for this position. Applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be sent instructions for transcript review after the posting close date.

  • 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

  • Transcript requirement(s):

  • A minimum of three (3) 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, hydrogeology, geomorphology, geology, watershed management, and natural resource management.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the underlying laws, rules, and policies that guide the Department’s water and related land use management programs and political processes.

  • Knowledge and understanding of hydrologic analyses and an ability to evaluate the impact of hydrology on riverine and lake systems

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with local governmental units, state and federal agencies, conservation groups and individuals from the general public.

  • Ability to convey technical information to teams and individuals with diverse technical, social, cultural and educational backgrounds in ways that helps them understand the information and apply it to the situation at hand.

  • Ability to communicate effectively through writing, and public presentation, and experience developing, reviewing, and evaluating technical reports.

  • Knowledge and experience working with partners using coordinated resource management to identify issues and formulate solutions to water resource management problems.

  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with individuals and groups with diverse interests. Team building and leadership skills necessary to bring together diverse interests to accomplish common natural resource objectives

  • Ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple time-sensitive and complex projects; plan and allocate time and resources as necessary; establish and meet deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in any of the disciplines listed above.

  • Knowledge and experience working with state and federal resource management agencies, and local governmental units with an understanding of their respective authorities, programs and responsibilities that pertain to land and water resource management.

  • Experience with water resource planning and management in state, federal or local units of government.

  • Experience working with Watershed Districts and/or Soil and Water Conservation Districts in developing solutions to comprehensive water resource problems.

  • Successful participation of the State of Minnesota Star of the North Fellowship program.

Physical Requirements

Medium Work - occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound bags maximum 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 policy of the Department of Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components:

  • Employment Reference Check

  • SEMA4 Records Check

  • Criminal History Check

  • Conflict of Interest Review

  • Education/license verification


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made 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 is needed.