There are two Research Scientist 2 positions available. These positions will
be working on statewide projects as assigned by lead staff, but will report to
the NC Watershed Unit supervisor or the NW Watershed Unit Supervisor. Office
locations are provided above.
The incumbent provides technical review, modeling support, and guidance to
internal staff and external partners for the watershed modeling component of
the watershed approach process. This includes using knowledge of water quality
modeling sufficient to review overall Watershed Restoration and Protection
Strategies (WRAPS) or Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) project objectives
and determining the modeling approach to meet these objectives. The incumbent
helps MPCA watershed staff understand what data is available from
models/databases for watershed work and how they might best use the data and
may be called upon to communicate modeling data and information to local
partners, citizens, stakeholders and others as needed.
The incumbent will prepare data sets based on modeling for input into
Hydrological Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF) models, will lead or assist
with data gathering and formatting to build and update HSPF models and re-
segmentation of HSPF models, will develop HSPF and/or Scenario Application
Manager (SAM) scenarios, and will extract model outputs from completed
models from HSPF and SAM interface. This work includes quality
assurance/quality control of models.
The incumbent also provides technical assistance in the development of
individual watershed project work plans, water quality and stream hydrology,
data analysis and interpretation, graphic data display, identification of
point and nonpoint sources of pollution, report review and preparation and
public presentation of model results.
A Master's degree in hydrology, geology, soil science, or related geological
or environmental toxicology science degree with course work in water resource
A Bachelor's degree in hydrology, geology, soil science, or related geological
or environmental toxicology science degree with and understanding surface
water hydrology modeling and course work in water resource management with two
(2) years of experience in hydrology or environmental water resource
management area conducting field research and modeling.
Experience using geographic information system tools like ArcGIS for Desktop
and similar tools as well as Microsoft Office products (e.g. spreadsheets,
Working knowledge of the relationship between land use and water quality
Experience performing scientific data modeling.
Experience in water resource management and surface water hydrology
modeling (e.g. HSPF, Hec-Ras, Modflow, SWAT, WASP, Sparrow, SAM).
Experience with automating data input and formatting using scripting
languages and/or macros with experience in modeling techniques and data
Technical writing skills sufficient to organize and effectively present
ideas to a variety of audiences.
Communication skills sufficient to collaborate, work effectively, and
convey technical information.
Requires occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders,
ledgers, and small office equipment. Although a sedentary job is defined as
one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often
necessary in carrying out job duties.
A driver's license is an essential function of this position. This requires
possession of an unrestricted Class D Driver's License. The job offer is
contingent on confirmation of a valid driver's license AND a satisfactory DLR
Requires a Class D Driver's License: a single unit vehicle with a gross
vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver's license.
Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination
weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.
Why Work For Us
Our mission is to protect and improve the environment and human health. We
work with many partners (citizens, communities, and businesses, all levels of
government, environmental groups and educators) to prevent pollution,
conserve resources, and to help ensure polluting does not have
disproportionate impact on any groups of people.
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, a retirement plan,
tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid
holidays each year. We emphasize work-life balance, and strive to have
inclusive workplace for everyone.