Buffers and Soil Loss Specialist - 3 positions

MN Board of Water and Soil Resources

St. Paul , Minnesota

BWSR Mission: Improve and protect Minnesota's water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners

BWSR is the state soil and water conservation agency, and it administers programs that prevent sediment and nutrients from entering our lakes, rivers, and streams; enhance fish and wildlife habitat; and protect wetlands. The 20-member board consists of representatives of local and state government agencies and citizens.

Job Class:  State Program Administrator Principal

Working Title:  Buffer and Soil Loss Specialist - State Prog Admin Prin

Who May Apply:  Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted:  08/21/2017

Closing Date:  09/05/2017

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit:  Water & Soil Resources Board / Water & Soil Rescs Bd-MAPE

Division/Unit:  Programs & Policy

Work Shift/Work Hours:  Day Shift

Days of Work:  Monday - Friday

Travel Required:  Yes - Some overnight

Salary Range: $25.22 - $37.16/hourly; $52,659 - $77,590/annually

Classified Status:  Unclassified

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

End Date:  10/01/2020

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Connect 700 Program Eligible:  No

There are a total of 3 open positions that can be located in either St. Paul, Brainerd, St. Cloud, or Mankato.

Job Summary

This position exists to provide technical and administrative direction, program implementation and evaluation, and enforcement responsibilities related to the state’s Buffer and Soil Loss Programs under MS Chapter 103F to Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) staff, board members, local government units (LGUs) and landowners.  This position is also responsible for providing technical and program administrative training to BWSR staff members and officials and staff of local units of government and other government and private organizations involved with and affected by the buffer law or soil loss law to maximize the effective conservation of Minnesota’s water, soil and habitat resources.

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years’ work experience in conservation, natural resources or related field, AndBachelor’s Degree or higher.


One year of work experience in conservation, natural resources or related field, And Master’s Degree or higher.


Five years’ work experience in conservation, natural resources or related field, Andat least an Associate’s Degree.

Types of qualifying experience include: 1) working for a state agency, federal agency, soil and water conservation district, watershed district, county environmental services or similar organization with environmental regulatory authority; and/or 2) working as a professional consultant involved in environmental regulation compliance. Qualifying experience does not include data collection and maintenance and construction activities associated with environmental and conservation projects.

Applicants must have a basic understanding of the science, ecology and associated technical fields of study (soils, hydrology and vegetation).

Preferred Qualifications:

One or more years of experience working directly with a land-use related regulatory program, that may include the Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act, local government zoning administration and enforcement and stormwater management. AND/OR

One or more years of experience working with conservation programs with a focus on vegetative establishment and restoration and erosion control.

Additional Requirements

It is the policy of the Board of Water & Soil Resources that those offered employment submit to the following background check prior to employment.  All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components:

  1. Driver's license history
  2. Employment reference checks will conducted on all finalists.  This may include a review of documentation related to job performance.  It also includes contact with the applicant's former employer(s).

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H1B status).


Applicants must apply through the State of Minnesota Careers website.  Click here to go to the MMB site - Job Announcement. Otherwise go to http://www.mn.gov/careers , click on “Search for Jobs”, then click on “External Applicants”, then under “Keywords” type in “15857” and hit the search button.

Must apply by September 5, 2017

Please contact David Weirens, Assistant Director for Programs and Policy regarding questions about the position at david.weirens@state.mn.us