Permitting Coordinator

Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District

Forest Lake, Minnesota

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Salaried

Position Objective                                 

As a member of a small, collaborative team, this position provides program management and technical assistance in water resource protection as it relates to implementation of the goals, policies, programs, and rules identified in the Watershed Management Plan (WMP) of the District. The position adds value by ensuring that permitting, data analysis, and operation of and reporting on District facilities are conducted in a timely and accurate manner.


Exempt, Full-time

Accountable to                                        

District Administrator            

Key Responsibilities and Duties  


  • Implement the District’s permitting program. Provide assistance to permit applicants completion of permit materials, maintain oversight of application processes, and field questions as they come up
  • Answer inquiries from citizens and other municipality staff regarding District Rules and standards.
  • Review permit applications and associated submittals, coordinating with District Engineer and District Attorney as necessary
  • Prepare permitting recommendations to the Board of Managers, coordinating with District Engineer and District Attorney as necessary
  • Issue permits and process closeouts
  • Inspect construction sites for compliance with CLFLWD, PCA, and municipal permits; coordinating onsite meetings with contractors when possible
  • Provide oversight and training to Seasonal Technicians as it applies to conducting erosion and sediment control inspections.
  • Review site inspection reports completed by Seasonal Technicians ensuring all information is accurate, professionally communicated, and completed in a timely manner with appropriate level of urgency and prioritization.
  • Coordinate with District Administrator, District Attorney, District Engineer, or other regulatory entity staff to implement the enforcement of District Rules and resolve non-compliance issues.
  • Investigate complaints and ensure that issues of concern are resolved by coordinating with property owners, contractors, and other regulatory entities, and providing solutions.
  • Maintain permit records, including financial accounts such as permit deposits, financial assurances, permit expenses, and reimbursements
  • Coordinate with other regulatory entities including initiating and attending regular coordination meetings
  • Participate in the WCA Technical Evaluation Panel for relevant projects on behalf of the District, coordinating with District Engineer as necessary.
  • Attend pre-construction meetings regarding permitted projects on behalf of the District.
  • Inspect and keep record of past permitted best management practices such as vegetated buffers and stormwater management facilities.
  • Update and maintain all informational materials and resources regarding the permitting program.

Information / Education / Public Outreach

  • Participate in educational activities as assigned, e.g. local public events and festivals, workshops, cost-share program
  • Field citizen inquiries, provide information as able and assist in directing them to additional resources
  • Make recommendations for additional and/or modified programs that will maintain and increase the level of knowledge of water management and the application of that knowledge in the district
  • Edit/contribute to District GIS database and story map as needed

Board Administration

  • Assist in preparations for CLFLWD board meetings; attend and participate in meetings as assigned 
  • Attend partner organization meetings as assigned; report back to CLFLWD board and staff 

Qualifications and Experience

Position Specific

  • BA/BS in environmental science, natural sciences, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience related to job
  • Knowledge of watersheds, stormwater management, natural resource management, local government operations and regulations
  • Experience in environmental education, public speaking, outreach coordination and communications preferred
  • Ability, skill and knowledge of data synthesis and analysis, detailed report writing (including financial), permit applications and compliance
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and experience working with diverse stakeholder groups
  • GIS experience preferred
  • Access experience preferred
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license, a good driving record and insurance approved by the District; provide a private automobile on a daily basis for use in carrying out District business
  • Able to walk and carry equipment in rough terrain, and lift and carry approximately 50 pounds
  • Withstand outside exposures in all temperatures and weather conditions, and possible construction noise
  • Able to work on some evenings and weekends

All CLFLWD positions

  • Collaborative and cooperative with internal and external stakeholders
  • Understand importance to ensure security of district property and facilities, and confidentiality of information and records
  • Competent with personal computers including Microsoft Office Suite, email and Internet applications and other common software applications
  • Flexible and adaptable to do what it takes to get the job done
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, multi-task and complete projects by deadline
  • Service-oriented, with a respectful and friendly demeanor
  • Ability to problem solve and innovate
  • Demonstrate a high level of respect, integrity and confidentiality
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Willing to learn new technology and processes and recommend enhancements

Call 651-395-5855 or email for additional information.  If interested, please submit resume and cover letter to  Position open until filled.  

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Category Hydrology
Tags GIS, Permitting