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State of Minnesota Quality Assurance Coordinator - Environmental Specialist 4 in Shakopee, Minnesota

Working Title: Quality Assurance Coordinator

Job Class: Environmental Specialist 4

Agency: Pollution Control Agency

  • Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted : 04/02/2024

  • Closing Date : 04/22/2024

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Pollution Control Agency / Pollution Control-MAPE

  • Division/Unit : Environmental Analysis & Outcomes / Environmental Data Quality Unit

  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift

  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday

  • Travel Required : Yes - Up to 50% of the time

  • Salary Range: $30.55 - $45.02 / hourly; $63,788 - $94,001 / annually

  • Classified Status : Classified

  • FLSA Status : Nonexempt

  • Telework Eligible : Yes - Up to 50% of the time

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

This position may be located at one of the MPCA office locations: Duluth, Brainerd, St. Paul, Rochester, Detroit Lakes, Marshall or Mankato

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.

This position is the Agency’s expert on quality systems that govern land/water data quality. This position exists to administer and coordinate the Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) Program among various MPCA programs. The Coordinator directs activities to ensure and track compliance with all state and federal quality requirements that govern the collection, analysis and reporting of data to MPCA including laboratory auditing and data review. The Coordinator is responsible for providing guidance and making recommendations regarding data quality to MPCA programs. This position provides guidance on various analytical methods and represents MPCA on issues involving analytical analysis. The Coordinator leads and/or assists in the review and approval of Quality Management Plans, Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), and other quality documentation.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, or related science and two years of advanced professional level experience with duties involving laboratory data collection (including developing data quality objectives and the ability to critically review data) and demonstrated experience working with Quality Assurance (planning, overseeing, and executing quality assurance project plans and other documentation). Advanced professional-level experience is equivalent to Senior Environmental Specialist/Environmental Specialist 3 level work.

Good communication skills, interpersonal skills, collaboration skills, and planning/organization skills sufficient to perform senior-level professional work.

Possess a valid Driver's license (see additional requirements).

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will not sponsor applicants for work visas. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated work experience with:

Developing and implementing quality assurance program plans (QAPPs), standard operating procedures (SOPs), and data quality objectives (DQOs).

Knowledge of:

Environmental monitoring programs and regulations.

Environmental sampling and analysis methods.

Laboratory methods such as GC-MS, GC-FID, LC-MS, ICP-AES, and ICP-MS.

Statistical analysis of data.

Ability to:

Plan and coordinate quality assurance project plans.

Critically review analytical or monitoring data and reports, make assessments, and provide recommendations.

Effectively lead, mentor, and serve as a team member.

Skilled in:

Data and project management.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders and boxes, tools, or heavier materials with help from others and/or moving light objects frequently. A job in this category may require maintaining a stationary position to a significant degree or may involve a certain amount of moving necessary in carrying out job duties.

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 DLR 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.


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.