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Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District Forest Lake, Minnesota
Job Type Paid permanent

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, and programs identified in the Watershed Management Plan (WMP) of the District. The position adds value by ensuring that program implementation, coordination, and record keeping are conducted in an accurate and efficient manner.

Key Responsibilities and Duties  

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention and Management

  • Coordinate and oversee all tasks related to the implementation of the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Management program
  • Review and track progress against annual AIS management plan
  • Provide regular updates and outreach to the Board of Managers, partner organizations, and interest groups, including a yearend program summary report
  • Coordinate hiring, training, and ongoing oversight of watercraft inspectors
  • Coordinate with contractors and regulatory agencies to complete invasive plant surveys and treatments including chemical, mechanical, and biological control methods
  • Manage early detection volunteer monitoring efforts
  • Assist with rough fish management efforts including coordination of surveys, removal efforts, and prevention tactics
  • Occasionally perform field work which may range from plant surveys to implementation of biological control methods

Education and Outreach

  • Serve as District liaison with area lake associations and other stakeholder groups
  • Develop and coordinate District Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings; solicit input; liaise between CAC, staff and Board; recruit new members; write CAC meeting notes 
  • Manage consultant work in coordinating public outreach and CAC development
  • Participate in educational activities as assigned, e.g. local public events and festivals, workshops
  • Help recruit volunteers; coordinate training and distribute tools for data collection
  • Field citizen inquiries, provide information as able and assist in directing them to additional resources
  • Support the implementation of the District’s communication plan including communication with stakeholders, meeting/event coordination and attendance, and development of outreach materials.

Operations and Maintenance

  • Oversee monitoring and reporting on District facilities such as fish barriers, water level control devices, etc.
  • Create and update operations & maintenance plans as needed
  • Coordinate inspection schedules with field technicians
  • Provide updates to the District Administrator and Board of Managers as necessary

Monitoring and Data Assessment

  • Coordinate third party monitoring to be done in and for the District (e.g. Citizen Assisted Monitoring Program (CAMP) volunteers, college students, consultants, conservation districts)
  • Maintain cohesive and up to date database, including QA/QC of data

Nonpoint Source Pollution Abatement (Cost-Share Program)

  • Coordinate with conservation district staff to implement the cost-share best management practice program
  • Promote the program and solicit public involvement through the use of outreach materials and stakeholder group meeting attendance
  • Respond to citizen inquiries
  • Track progress throughout the application and BMP implementation process; compile progress evaluation metrics at yearend
  • Participate in the application review committee as assigned

Research

  • Assist with coordination, implementation, and reporting on research initiatives
  • Make recommendations for additional and/or modified research initiatives that will maintain and increase the level of knowledge of water management and the application of that knowledge in the district

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 
  • Assist with report writing, organizing of existing electronic documents and reports as well as providing support with transferring existing paper copies into electronic files

Qualifications and Experience

Position Specific

  • BA/BS in environmental or natural sciences, environmental planning, or related field, and three years related work experience
  • Knowledge of watersheds, storm water management, natural resource management, local government operations and regulations
  • Experience with and/or aptitude to learn monitoring and sampling equipment, procedures, software and data management
  • 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
  • Advanced knowledge or experience with MS Office, project management tools, financial management tracking tools, and database management
  • 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

HOW TO APPLY

Submit resume and letter of interest to Michael.Kinney@clflwd.org

Additional information: https://www.clflwd.org/job-openings.php 

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