TITLE: SEASONAL WATER MONITORING TECHNICIAN
LOCATION: Mille Lacs Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), Milaca, Minnesota
CLASSIFICATION: Temporary employee
WAGE RANGE: $12 per hour DOQ. No benefit package included with this position.
HOURS/DAYS: Normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30p.m. Some days the applicant may need to
start as early as 5:30 a.m. Some evening and weekend work may be necessary.
TERM: April - October, 2009. Position will not exceed 186 consecutive days of employment.
INTRODUCTION: This position is part of at two year grant involving seasonal water sampling April through October
during the years of 2008 and 2009. This position exists to provide technical assistance necessary for the Mille Lacs Soil
& Water Conservation District to implement water quality monitoring projects by operating and maintaining water
monitoring equipment, collecting water quality data, data entry, database management, and other duties as assigned.
ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIP: This position reports to the District Manager to coordinate and prioritize
workload commitments. The Board of Supervisors is the employer. No other positions report directly to this position.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
1. Assist with the installation, operation, and maintenance of automated water monitoring equipment;
2. Assist with the manual collection of lake and stream water quality data;
3. Assist with preparation of water resource monitoring reports;
4. Train and provide support to volunteers;
5. Carry out community action projects; and
6. Work in diverse weather and field conditions;
7. Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified applicants will possess, or be actively pursuing, a bachelor’s degree in
water resources, soil science, or related natural resources field. Must be proficient in verbal and written skills and possess
the ability to work independently. Must be proficient with various computer software, including spreadsheet and database
programs. The Seasonal Water Monitoring Technician must have the ability to walk on uneven terrain associated with
natural areas, be willing to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions, be able to wade in small streams and wetlands.
Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable car.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: The position is responsible for implementing activities associated with water
quality monitoring and assessment and other duties assigned by the Manager. This position requires exceptional
organizational skills. Experience in water quality monitoring, GPS, GIS, and data entry is desired. Qualified applicants
will be self-motivated, able to show a commitment to high quality work, ability to work independently while maintaining
relationships with co-workers, board, agencies, communities and landowners is necessary. The ability to analyze and
manage technical data and present it in a format easily understood by the general public is preferred.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires frequently working outdoors and will involve moderate
physical risks. Frequent position changes; lifting, pushing, and pulling requirement more than 50 pounds on a regular
basis; exposures not limited to heat, cold, and wet conditions; and use of the senses of sight and smell are necessary in this
work. Fieldwork involves the inherent risk of contracting Lymes disease carried by deer ticks, and mosquito borne illness.
This position involves periodically lifting over 45 pounds overhead and routinely carrying over 10 pounds. Equipment
used include, but not limited to, general office equipment including telephone, and computers as well as field equipment
such as water monitoring units, GPS equipment, lap top computers, etc. This position involves extended periods using
desktop computers, i.e. sitting, viewing video display terminals, and keyboard/mouse manipulation.
OTHER TASKS AS ASSIGNED BY THE DISTRICT MANAGER OR BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying
this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instruction and to perform other job-related
duties requested by the manager. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate
individuals with disabilities. Some requirement may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the
health and safety of themselves or other employees. Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge,
skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, an incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform
each duty proficiently.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A complete job description and application material is available from the SWCD
office. Contact Susan Shaw, District Manager for additional information at (320) 983-2160.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please call the SWCD office for application material and send a cover letter, resume,
completed application and list of at least three professional references to the above address to be received by 4:30pm,
Friday, March 6, 2009.
APPOINTING AUTHORITY: No job offer will be final until approved by the appointing authority. The Board of
Supervisors of the Mille Lacs Soil & Water Conservation District is the appointing authority for this position.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: Susan Shaw, District Manager, may be contacted to arrange reasonable
accommodations to complete an application or attend an interview at (320) 983-2160.
CONDITIONS OF ANNOUNCEMENT: Mille Lacs SWCD reserves the right to extend or make changes to the content
of this position announcement without notification and may at any time withdraw the announcement.
The Mille Lacs SWCD is an EEOE (Equal Employment Opportunity Employer). Candidates will be considered on a
nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status,
sexual orientation, or financial status.