Position Title: Seasonal Water Resources Technician
Position Location: Grand Rapids, Itasca County, Minnesota
Classification: Seasonal Technical Assistant – Full Time
Duration: Not to exceed 67 working days, May through September 2020
Hourly Position Range: $12.00 to $14.00 Depending on qualifications and Board discretion
Hours of Woek: M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, though with field work (most days) will be starting at 7:00 am and ending by 5:30 pm. Maximum of 40 hours/week
Minimum Qualifications: Related post-secondary education or work experience – Experience with Microsoft Excel, and a clean driving record.
Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor of Science in Water Resources or related field, attention to detail, and work study eligible if currently enrolled in college.
Position Description: This position will be assisting the Water Resources Specialist with water quality monitoring both on lakes and streams across Northern and Eastern Itasca County. Lake monitoring will include; collecting lake profiles of physical measurements (Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, pH, and Specific Conductance) with a handheld meter and a sonde, taking clarity measurements with a Secchi disk, and collecting chemistry samples of Total Phosphorus and Chlorophyll-a all performed onboard the SWCD boat. River Monitoring will include; taking a discrete measurement of physical parameters with the meter and sonde, collecting chemistry samples with a VanDorn sampler, reading water stage by wire wight gage, checking the datalogger for accuracy, and making field observations with pictures from a bridge on HWY 6. Additionally, the Technician will be expected to enter data collected into the proper database, and calibrate/maintain the field meter and sonde. Other work with time allowing, would be; Public Meeting planning and coordination, Public Outreach, and assisting with inventories of Artesian wells and water access points in the Big Fork River Watershed. Potential for assisting other staff as needed in the areas of Forestry, Shoreland, Wetlands, and Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) management.
Work Environment: This position involves both field and office work. Employees should expect extended periods of computer use, working near flowing water on both bridges and boats, traversing rough terrain, carrying equipment up to approximately 50 pounds, exposure to biting insects, operation of boats and motor vehicles.
To Apply: please call (218) 999-4435 or email Kim Yankowiak at kim.yankowiak@itascaswcd.org with an application, current resume, cover letter, and a list of at least three references. If education is primary experience, copies of transcripts may be requested. Applications may be found at Itascaswcd.org or requested by mail.