Environmental Resources Specialist 1 - Parks & Recreation - #604388

Ramsey County, MN

Date: 11/25/2021 23:01 PM

City: Maplewood, Minnesota

Salary: $51,314 - $76,066 / year

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

Basic Function

COVID - 19
Effective Nov. 1, 2021 all job offers are conditioned on the candidate being
fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorized for emergency use or FDA-approved. Anyone hired after November 1, 2021 will be required to show proof of vaccination on or before their first day of employment and complete a form certifying that they are vaccinated. Religious and medical exemptions or reasonable accommodations will be considered upon request as required by applicable law.

To perform environmental analysis, monitoring, GIS surveying and inspection duties related to the functions of the Environmental Services within an assigned department; to conduct research and prepare plans and reports relating to environmental quality and water resource management of both surface water and groundwater; to provide subject matter expertise in core environmental services to complete a variety of conservation projects; and to perform related duties as assigned. (This is the entry-level of this classification series. Experience at this level enables employees to gain the knowledge and skill required for advancement to Environmental Resources Specialist 2.)

The current vacancy - Join our team in providing programs and services that protect and enhance the natural resources in Ramsey County. This position reports to the Parks and Recreation department located in Maplewood, MN. The position is within the Soil and Water Conservation division with the following responsibilities; design conservation projects to reduce storm water volume and improve water quality of local water resources including infiltration/filtration, bioengineering shoreline and stream banks; consult on landscaping with native plants, erosion and sediment control; manage the DNR general work permit; prepare cost estimates, project schedules and contract execution; model for hydrologic and pollutant loading using various software; prepare and present at seminars and workshops; provide site inventory and assessments, designs, plans, details and construction documents; oversee construction activities; complete inspections for erosion and sediment control programs; prepare plans and grants relating to environmental quality and water resource management of both surface water and groundwater.

If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with the personnel rules (i.e., promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction).

To view or print a copy of the complete Ramsey County job (class) description for this position, go to: Job Descriptions. Once at this page, you can browse the alphabetical list or search for a job description.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Obtain water samples from lakes susceptible to winter fish kill and analyze for oxygen content to determine need for aeration; install, inspect and maintain aeration devices.
  • Use AutoCAD and Vectorworks to design conservation projects, such as rain gardens and shoreline restorations, to reduce storm water volume and improve water quality of local water resources; consult on landscaping with native plants.
  • Provide technical assistance to Ramsey County landowners, internal staff and partnering agencies on implementing urban best management practices (BMPs).
  • Obtain water samples from surface waters and storm sewers to determine water quality through laboratory analysis of chemical and biological properties such as pH, zooplankton, phytoplankton, nitrogen analysis, conductivity, chloride, chlorophyll A, E. coli, hardness, alkalinity, turbidity, and phosphorous level; identify the presence, community composition, and distribution of lake weeds; and document results for use in water quality improvement activities.
  • Prepare cost estimates, project schedules and contract execution; oversee construction activities, project verification and closeout.
  • Obtain water samples from county beaches and analyze for presence of E. coli to determine safety for recreational use.
  • Model for hydrologic and pollutant loading using WinSLAMM/P8 and HydroCAD as necessary.
  • Organize annual weed and algae control programs by corresponding with lake improvement associations, assessing their responses and monitoring the work of contractors hired to perform weed control activities.
  • Inspect county properties for diseased or hazardous trees, estimate volume of trees to be removed, research developments in tree management, prepare specifications for hiring contractors to perform trimming or removal work, prepare requests for funding, review contractors' work, drafts annual report, and monitor expenditures.
  • Conduct research and perform analyses of the environmental aspects of proposed engineering projects (such as noise levels, air quality, water quality, and impact on wetlands and wildlife).
  • Perform soil testing including mechanical and qualitative analysis and identification of hydric soils. Conduct field inspections of engineering projects to document adherence to environmental protection requirements.
  • Serve as division liaison to citizen groups, local elected officials, environmental interest groups and the public by providing information regarding environmental resource management activities and impacts from county projects.
  • Draft permit applications and negotiate mitigation and permit conditions with state, federal, and local agencies for county projects.
  • Ability to read and interpret construction plans and have knowledge of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling.
  • Organize and perform plan surveys, construction inspection, and assist in the design and plan preparation for lake improvement, erosion control and other environmental projects.
  • Investigate and initiate remediation of spills or contamination of county properties in compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Conduct periodic inspection of county facilities such as public water accesses, lake outlets, stormwater treatment systems, and shoreline erosion control projects; and prepare lists of required maintenance materials and actions.
  • Provide GIS services including coordinating, initiating, and implementing programs/services, planning and budgeting conservation activities, writing grants/securing funding, providing reports, updates, and outcomes, providing consultation, and other tasks as assigned.
  • Interpret data, create and maintain GIS databases and maps, and use GIS software to analyze spatial and non-spatial information.

(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this description and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification. Regular attendance according to the position’s management approved work schedule is required.)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 17.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree in Environmental Design, Biology, Forestry, Conservation Biology, Natural Resource Management, or a related environmental science.

Experience: None.

Substitution: An Associate degree and two years of experience in Environmental Design, Biology, Forestry, Conversation Biology, Natural Resource Management or a related field.

Certifications/Licensure: Must have a valid driver's license. Work assignment may require incumbent after hire to obtain additional certification or licensure by the State of Minnesota in environmental areas such as tree inspection or erosion and sediment controls.

Exam/Screening Process Information

The examination process will consist of the following section with each section weighted as indicated:

  • Training & Experience Rating = 100%

The examination for Environmental Resources Specialist 1 will consist of a training and experience rating, comprised of the questions in the attached supplemental questionnaire. Not all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will pass the training and experience rating. The rating on this supplemental questionnaire will depend on the answers - do not mark "see resume" or "see work history" as a response. Please answer all your questions clearly and completely. Failure to respond could affect your score and final rank on this examination.

Eligible List: The names of all applicants who filed a properly completed application and passed the examination/screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for an employment opportunity as an Environmental Resources Specialist 1. This list will be certified to the appointing authority which may use this list to conduct interviews to fill a vacancy. Candidates will remain on the list for two (2) months or until hired, whichever occurs first. A notice will be sent to applicants at the time the eligible list is posted, informing them that the list has been posted and their rank on the list.

Veteran's Preference: This is a classified position requiring an open, competitive selection process. Veteran's Preference points will be applied after a candidate passes the examination process. Applicants who are eligible for veteran's preference should update their veteran's DD214, and other supporting documents, and submit them as an attachment at the time of application.

Criminal Background Checks: All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.

E-Verify Participation:

Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance or national origin.

To print a paper application for this posting click Paper Application (Download PDF reader) You will need to print off this posting and also answer the supplemental questions associated with this exam and submit them if you complete a paper application.

For further information regarding this posting, please contact Mirian Simpson by email at mirian.simpson@ramseycounty.us or by phone at (651) 266-2711.

$51,313.60 - $76,065.60 Annually
(Parks & Recreation Admin Bldg) Maplewood, MN
Job Type
Full Time
Job Number

12/17/2021 4:30 PM Central

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