• Ramsey County
  • $83,256.67 -133,780.00/year*
  • Saint Paul , MN
  • Scientific Research
  • Full-Time
  • 312 Erie St


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Basic Function

To perform environmental analysis, monitoring, and inspection duties related to the functions of the Environmental Services Division of the Public Works Department; to conduct research and prepare plans and reports relating to environmental quality and water resource management of both surface water and groundwater; 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.)

If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with 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 job, 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.
* 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.
* Obtain water samples from county beaches and analyze for presence of E. coli to determine safety for recreational use.
* 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.
* Interpret data, create maps, maintain GIS databases, 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: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

Click the following to view or print the Work Performance Test for Environmental Resources Specialist 1. Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, forestry, conservation biology or a related environmental science.

Experience: None.

Substitution: None.

Certifications/Licensure: 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. Must have a valid drivers license.

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 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 a 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 one month 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 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 ...@ramseycounty.us

or by phone at (651) ###-####.


Associated topics: climate, conservation, ecology, ecological, environmental, epa, farm, food, ocean, sustainable

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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