Job opening: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Long Term Resource Monitoring Field Station Team Leader/ Mississippi River Coordinator

Job Class: NR Program Supervisor-Ecological Services
Working Title: Long Term Resource Monitoring Field Station Team Leader/Mississippi River Coordinator
Who May Apply: Open to all applicants
Date Posted: 12/11/2015
Closing Date: 01/11/016
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources
Division/Unit: Ecological and Water Resources
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
Days of Work: Monday - Friday
Travel Required: Yes
Salary Range: $25.89 - $37.89/hourly; $54,058 - $78,279/annually
Job Class Option: River Ecologist
Classified Status: Classified
Bargaining Unit/Union: 216–Middle Management-MMA
Location: Lake City

Job Summary

Job Summary
This position exists to provide program direction, supervision, and fiscal management for the federally-funded Long Term Resource Monitoring (LTRM) element of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Program at the Lake City Field Station. The position directs long-term water quality, aquatic vegetation, and fish data collection, analysis, and product development, as part of cooperative agreements between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). This position will also coordinate the MN DNR Mississippi River Team’s activities, represent the agency on Upper Mississippi River (UMR; from St. Anthony Falls to the confluence with the Ohio River) related interagency committees and meetings, and serve as the liaison between Mississippi River Team area staff and regional and central office management on important river issues. This position will work closely with professional staff engaged in UMR resource issues, including staff in the DNR Divisions of Fish and Wildlife and Ecological and Water Resources, the natural resource agencies of the other four UMR states, the USGS, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE). In addition, this position will develop and submit proposals to obtain funding for research projects that are beyond the normal scope of the work of the LTRM program.
Job duties include:
Provides oversight and direction to staff in all data collection, analysis and report publication in the field, laboratory, and office according to strict program quality assurance/quality control guidelines and timelines.
Develops, justifies, and manages annual federally-funded budgets and state spending plans, tracks revenues and expenditures, and completes an annual federal financial report.
Develops, in consultation with staff, proposals and budgets for an annual scope of work for the USGS and ACE that includes monitoring or research projects that may involve additional data collection and/or analysis.
Provides data, analysis, and technical expertise on river resource trends and ecological health to state and federal resource managers, regulators, and decision makers through publications and presentations and by serving on technical committees.
Coordinates UMR planning and activities for the DNR’s Mississippi River Team, representing the agency on various committees, task forces and at meetings that are concerned with UMR science, restoration and policy.
Brings forward important UMR issues and policy decisions to regional and central office managers for guidance and/or support and provides feedback to area staff.
Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in aquatic biology/ecology, biology, geology, limnology, fisheries, ecology, or similar AND three years advanced level professional experience (e.g., NR Specialist, Senior) including the responsibility for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of ecological, limnological or fisheries programs or research of area, regional, or statewide scope. Work experience should include fundamental concepts in river/stream ecology, including, two or more of the following: hydrology, biology, energy pathways, systems ecology, water quality and connectivity. ** A Master’s degree in a related field may substitute for one year of experience.
Supervisory or lead worker experience.
Ability to plan and implement programs, direct staff, administer federal and state budgets, and provide information and technical expertise to resource manager and decision makers.
Ability to evaluate sampling methods, interpret results, and present findings in written and oral form to a variety of audiences ranging from scientific/ technical meetings to local resource user groups.
Excellent technical editing and writing skills to review, edit, and write research proposals, technical reports, and peer-review manuscripts.
Ability to design and implement large scientifically rigorous field studies in collaboration with field station staff.
Ability to work collaboratively on teams.
Excellent oral communication skills to effectively convey key information on issues and policy to Department managers and to transmit their guidance and feedback to area staff.
Human relations, leadership and coaching skills to motivate, provide guidance, and collaborate with staff, peers, and stakeholders.
Experience in meeting facilitation, group processes, team building, conflict resolution, effective listening, negotiation, and working with diverse groups of stakeholders.
Ability to use computers to write reports, develop an oral presentation and analyze large data sets.

Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s degree in aquatic biology/ecology, biology, geology, limnology, fisheries, ecology, or similar.
A working knowledge of human resource and budget policies, procedures, and regulations.
Experience developing, submitting, implementing and reporting on grant proposals/projects.
Ability to manage a budget with funding from multiple sources.
Experience working on complex natural resource projects requiring inter-agency coordination.
Facilitation and consensus building skills.
Experience developing and implementing budgets and operational plans.
Experience communicating complex scientific information in a meaningful way to a non-scientific public.
Safety training.
Physical Requirements
Requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.
Additional Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.


Application Details

Why Work For Us
GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.
How to Apply
Click “Apply” at the bottom of this page. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.
For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.
Contact
If you have questions about the position, contact Jeanne Daniels at jeanne.daniels@state.mn.us or 651.259-5784
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