Engineering Technician

Becker Soil & Water Conservation District

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $51,332 - $70,387
Deadline Aug 30, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years


This position works with SWCD, USDA-NRCS and other partners to provide the engineering assistance necessary for landowners, community groups and local government units to plan, implement and maintain a variety of conservation practices.  The engineering technician position is a professional position requiring a diverse background in pre-planning, problem evaluation, problem solving, and design and installation of structural and biological conservation activities addressing non-point source pollution.


  • Two-year vocational degree in engineering, natural resource management or equivalent post-secondary education.
  • Proficient knowledge of the use of computer-aided design and drafting equipment (preferably AutoCAD Civil 3D), ArcGIS, and total station and GPS surveying equipment.
  • Prefer current Engineering Job Approval Authority (EJAA) for NRCS Practice Codes 638, 620, 412 & 410.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; capable of working effectively with individuals in the public, private, and government sectors; self-motivated: able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Valid driver’s license, physical ability to carry equipment over rough terrain and ability to perform outdoor work in all seasons of the year. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Job Functions and Duties:

The duties below are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive, exhaustive or all- inclusive.  Other duties may be assigned and required.

  • Apply engineering skills and knowledge to a variety of engineering projects, from conception through completion, including preparation of preliminary engineering reports, cost estimates, preparation of detailed plans and specifications, construction supervision and inspection, and final certification of completed projects.
  • Document current engineering projects and reports work accomplished to NRCS District Conservationist and District Administrator. Schedules projects with other field staff and assists landowners in project initiation, pre-construction conferences, and completion.
  • Review complex engineering plans for NRCS and District engineers’ approval; perform CAD drafting for engineered projects. Review and develop stormwater management plans and related best management practices for the county and others.
  • Perform technical work according to the USDA-NRCS Field Office Technical Guide, under minimal supervision; Coordinate construction inspection; maintain progress records and field notes for reporting and quality control.


Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter and complete application for employment to:

Applicantions can be found here:  https://www.co.becker.mn.us/ucfiles/bswcd/news/Becker_SWCD_Application_2023.pdf

Becker SWCD

Attn:  Bryan Malone

809 8th Street SE

Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Or email completed application materials to bryan.malone@co.becker.mn.us

Finalists for the interview process will be determined after initial screening and assessment of qualifications provided in the materials submitted.  Applicants selected for the interview process will be contacted directly.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category General / Stewardship, Hydrology
Tags GIS