Biosolids Specialist

  • Full-Time
  • Madison, WI
  • Application deadline: 2021-08-01

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Do you have a passion for agriculture and protecting our environment? The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District is seeking a Biosolids Specialist to oversee the environmental regulatory and compliance activities associated with the District’s current land application biosolids reuse program (Metrogro). The successful candidate will be an innovative, forward-thinking leader, skilled at building trusting relationships and advancing environmental health and community well-being, through sustainable solutions.

Who We Are

At Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) we believe in enriching life through clean water and resource recovery. We are a passionate team who work together to recover resources and clean wastewater for return to nature 365 days a year through our innovation and expertise.

Working at Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District is more than just a paycheck. It is about taking care of the communities we live in. We are trusted leaders working together to protect one of our most valuable resources, our water. When you think about your career and what you want to accomplish in your lifetime make the choice to do Work Worth Doing!

What You Will Do

The Biosolids Specialist has primary responsibility for overseeing the environmental regulatory and compliance activities associated with the District’s current land application biosolids reuse program (Metrogro), works with the Metrogro operations supervisor to ensure success during land application, and provides support for other District resource recovery and nutrient management initiatives related to Class A and Class B biosolids. It requires a person who is driven to serve the public and make a difference in this region’s quality of life. The role also demands that the individual is comfortable working behind a computer as well as out in a farm field. This position has increased hours, including weekends, during the hauling season which is typically about 2 months in both the Spring and Fall.

What You Will Love

  • Working hard and having a mix of office and field work.
  • Building strong relationships with DNR, farmers and employees.
  • Working with other passionate water experts.
  • The challenge and autonomy to make impactful decisions


Minimum Qualifications

  • Four (4) year degree in agronomy, soil science, environmental studies, water resource management or related environmental degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of agronomy experience.
  • Required State of Wisconsin DNR Credentials

Credentials are required upon appointment to obtain State DNR self-approver status under Wis. Admin Code NR 204.06(6) for biosolids application site approvals for demonstration of competence to review sites. In order to obtain said credentials, one of the following is required:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in soil science from a 4-year accredited college, or
    a certified professional soil scientist in good standing with the American Society of Agronomy, or
    the possession of a certified soil tester classification (CSTM or CSTS) from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).
  • If one does not possess the above, a variance is possible. In order to qualify for a variance, either of the following is necessary upon appointment:
  • Licensure through DSPS as a Professional Soil Scientist, or
  • Credentials as a Wisconsin Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) or Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg) with the American Society of Agronomy.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of farming, including agronomic application rates and control of organic and inorganic pollutants, nutrient management practices, and soil conservation.
  • Thorough knowledge of geology (specifically the local geology) and other factors affecting migration of pollutants into groundwater or surface waters.
  • Working knowledge of pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations associated with biosolids management.
  • Strong skills in using GIS applications and computerized databases.
  • Experience interpreting and evaluating maps and specifications for application sites.
  • Skill in using Microsoft Office Suite software.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written form.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Skill in organizing and planning project activities.
  • Skill in maintaining records and preparing reports.
  • Ability to develop rapport and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of employees and external parties.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Collaborative style and ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Physical Demands and Work Environment

Work is performed both in the field and in a standard office environment. The seasonal nature of the biosolids program will result in extended hours (early mornings and some evenings) during the spring and fall, as well as work on the weekend, dependent on the weather. Must be able to use computer equipment for extended periods of time. Requires enough hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate computer keyboard or other office equipment. Requires visual acuity to read and write words and numbers. Requires speaking and hearing ability enough to communicate in person, publicly or over the phone. Must be able to lift to 50 pounds occasionally. The noise level varies from quiet to loud. Requires the ability to work outside, stand, walk, kneel, and stoop for extended periods. Because work is performed in farm fields, the ability to physically access and walk over uneven terrain, ranging from dry to muddy conditions, is essential.

Salary and Benefits

The District provides a competitive compensation package, including a salary range between $72,633 to $98,259 annually, DOQ, participation in the top-rated Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), and excellent health, dental, and other insurance, as well as generous vacation and sick time. The District promotes a casual, friendly work environment and support for ongoing development.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume on our website, by August 1, 2021.

The District is committed to equity, diversity and inclusiveness and seeks to create a cooperative, welcoming community for all. Individuals who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve are encouraged to apply.

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