Water Resources Lead

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $36.39- $42.98/hour
Deadline Jun 22, 2023


Leads and coordinates field programs, plans and procedures for water quality sampling of lakes, storm sewers, BMPs, streams, and groundwater monitoring wells. Coordinates sample collection, data compilation and interpretation, technology utilization, customization of experiment design and special projects to meet the needs of the MPRB’s surface water management program.

What You'll Do

  • Responsible for field coordination and oversight of water quality sampling work of Water Quality Specialists, seasonal staff and interns.
  • Ensure water resources field staff have proper training and access to technology to perform job responsibilities effectively and safely.
  • Assist water resources field staff with field duties including aquatic plant surveys, storm water monitoring and site installations, lake monitoring, and inspections.  
  • Coordinate special projects for water quality management and improvement in the Minneapolis Park System.
  • Compile sample data, test results and logs of water quality activities and interpret water quality results which may include reporting to regulatory agencies and presentations to internal and/or external audiences.
  • Develop policies and procedures regarding water quality monitoring, sampling and observations. 
  • Assist in the development of water quality management plans for specific MPRB resources.
  • Assist MPRB in identifying and addressing the park and recreation needs of underserved and under-represented communities.

What To Bring

Need to Have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Ecology, Limnology, Environmental Science, Engineering or closely related field. 
  • Increasingly responsible experience in surface and stormwater sampling, data compilation and interpretation, and field work:  at least four (4) years
  • Increasingly responsible experience in evaluation and coordination of water resources management activities:  at least four (4) years
  • Experience in development of field experiment design, implementation, and written communication of results:  at least two (2) years
  • Experience providing supervision and oversight of the work of others:  at least two (2) years
  • Valid drivers license

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

The physical ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, stand, walk, drive, push, pull, lift, finger, grasp, feel, talk, hear, see and perform repetitive motions. 

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 

The ability to safely operate a motor vehicle as incumbents are subject to local travel to and from work locations.   Operating office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements.  The ability to remain in a sitting or standing position for extended periods of time.  The incumbent may be required to traverse on rough, uneven terrain, as well as wet and slippery surfaces and to ascend and descend ladders to access work areas.  

Regular work occurs in outside weather conditions year-round including hot and humid summer conditions, rain, and conditions below freezing in winter months. Incumbent will be expected to complete confined space entry training as this position requires periodic work in confined spaces (e.g. storm sewers). Ability to safely operate canoe, boat with outboard motor, and operate a truck with a boat trailer.  Combination of field and office work.  Field work occurs year-round with the bulk of outdoor work occurring between April and November.

Skills Crucial to Success in This Role: 

  • Knowledge of and experience with contemporary principles and equipment used in stormwater, lake, and beach monitoring programs.
  • Knowledge of and experience with federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations relating to water resources such as Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, reports, and processes.
  • Knowledge of and experience with best practices and protocols for water quality management.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate the work of others engaged in water resources activities.  
  • Ability to perform independent research on water quality matters.
  • Ability to effectively work in a team environment and adapt to changing priorities, conditions and situations. 
  • Outstanding customer service principles and practices and standards for a diverse customer base. 

Additional Information

FLSA Status:  Non-exempt

Union:  Non-represented

Job Information Session:  A 30 minute Job Information Session will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 1:00PM CST via telephone conference.  This is your opportunity to ask questions about the position and to gain a better understanding of the civil service application process.  Interested parties are encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend in-person, please join us via phone conference at (612) 230-6594. 

Selection Process:

To apply for this full-time civil service position, applicants must complete an online application with supplemental questions at www.minneapolisparks.org/jobs.  Late applications will be rejected.

What steps the selection process involves:

  • We review your minimum qualifications.
  • We rate your training and experience based on application materials and supplemental questions (30%).
  • We conduct a structured panel interview (oral exam) (70%).
  • We calculate your civil service score based on the above components and place you on the eligible list if all testing components are passed (passing score for each component and as an overall score is 70.00 or above).  Eligible list will expire in three (3) months.
  • We refer the top finalists to the hiring manager for an interview.
  • References, including verification of employment and work performance, may be considered. 
  • We conduct a background check.  Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, the applicant will be asked to sign an informed consent allowing the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to obtain their criminal history in connection with the positions sought. View the MPRB Background Check Policy at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Background-Check-Policy.pdf
  • Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, applicants will also need to successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination paid for by the MPRB.

Please note that HR reserves the right to limit the number of people invited to successive testing events.

The MPRB is a tobacco-free workplace and park system.

The MPRB is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


To apply, complete an online application at www.minneapolisparks.org/jobs.  Application deadline is 6/22/2023 at 4:00PM CST.  

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

Category Hydrology