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Wetland Specialist - State Prog Admin Prin

State of Minnesota
Hibbing, Minnesota, US
Closing date
Aug 21, 2022

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Job Class: State Program Administrator Principal

Working Title: Wetland Specialist
  • Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted : 07/22/2022
  • Closing Date : 08/15/2022
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Department of Natural Resources
  • Division/Unit : Lands and Minerals
  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift
  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required : Yes, Occasionally
  • Salary Range: $28.96 - $42.67/hourly; $60,468 - 89,095/yearly
  • Classified Status : Unclassified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 214 - MAPE
  • Work Location : Hibbing, MN
  • Class Option : Lands and Minerals
  • Employment Condition : Full-Time, Limited
  • FLSA Status : Exempt-Professional
  • Anticipated End Date : 10/3/2025
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: No (

This posting close date has been extended from 8/4/2022 to 8/15/2022. If you have already applied for this job, you do not need to reapply.

This position provides planning, implementation, and evaluation of all components of the Wetland Conservation Act within the Permit to Mine Program via oversight, training, direction, and interaction with the mining companies, the DNR, the Board of Water and Soil resources (BWSR) staff, BWSR board members, local Technical Evaluation Panel members at the County and other levels, State and Federal agency staff, and private individuals. This position exists to advance professional water and soil conservation work, and to provide technical expertise and leadership in the implementation of water and land management programs and policies of the Reclamation Section. Leadership, and planning assistance are provided regarding program implementation and evaluation, and project oversight regarding wetland impacts and replacement by the mining companies within the Permit to Mine Program. The position provides leadership and hydrologic expertise in technical and policy issues statewide within the Permit to Mine program.

Responsibilities include:
  • Review and evaluate all applications for wetland replacement plans from ferrous and non-ferrous mining operations and work with applicants to achieve compliance with the States Wetland Conservation Act (WCA; MN Rules Chapter 8420).
  • Provide technical leadership and coordinate technical activities with related programs of DNR, BWSR, MPCA, USACE, and other local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Review and evaluate applications for permits to mine ferrous and non-ferrous mineral and peat resources to achieve compliance with the States Mineland Reclamation Act and rules relating to mineland reclamation (Chpt. 6130, 6131, and 6132). This also includes approvals on bulk samples and other operations (i.e. quarries).
  • Participate in wetland impact mitigation through environmental review (ER), for the Division of Lands and Minerals, for proposed mining and bulk sample projects, focusing on wetland impacts and replacement and other hydrology issues.
  • Coordinate and conduct field inspections for wetland replacement plans to determine compliance with WCA, and participate on ferrous and non-ferrous mining operation inspections to determine if they are in compliance with their Permits to Mine.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in biology, hydrology, soil science, wetland science, land use planning, natural resources management, environmental science or studies, agricultural engineering, or closely related technical field.
  • Three (3) years of experience in soil and water conservation, hydrology, wetland delineation, watershed management, water quality practices, land use planning, or closely related technical fields. *Masters Degree in one of the related fields may substitute for 1 year of experience.
  • Understanding of federal, state, and local regulations and resource programs affecting mining permitting, especially as it relates to the Wetland Conservation Act.
  • Experience in map reading and air photo interpretation.
  • Technical knowledge of reclamation and/or revegetation practice and principles.
  • Oral, written, and presentation communication skills to convey technical information related to mining activities to individuals both with and without a diverse range of technical backgrounds.
  • Highly developed human relations and collaborative sills to effectively work with diverse interests in settings with multiple outcome goals as well as team building and leadership skills necessary to bring together diverse interests to accomplish common conservation objectives.
  • Strong time management skills to handle multiple tasks at different stages and meet deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in biology, hydrology, soil science, wetland science, land use planning, natural resources management, environmental science or studies, agricultural engineering, or closely related technical field.
  • Experience providing direction or guidance to other professional and/or paraprofessionals regarding mineland permitting or wetland conservation related activities.
  • Experience administering or implementing the Wetland Conservation Act in the State of Minnesota or an equivalent program in other states.
  • Experience administering or implementing Section 404 of Clean Water Act.
  • Successfully completed the 5-day Basic Wetlands Delineation Training.
  • Knowledge of DNRs organizational structure and a working knowledge of other state and federal resource management agencies, local governmental units, and their respective authorities, programs, and responsibilities that pertain to mining and minerals management in Minnesota.
  • Successful participation of the State of Minnesota Star of the North Fellowship program.

Physical Requirements

Medium Work Requires occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pounds maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Additional Requirements

This position requires an unrestricted Class D Drivers License with a clear driving record.

It is policy of the Department of the Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:
  • Employment Reference Check
  • SEMA4 Records Check
  • Criminal History Check
  • Education/License Verification
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