Environmental Review Project Manager

  • LTE
  • St. Paul
  • Application deadline: 2021-11-18

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

This is a Temporary Unclassified position and is expected to end in October 2023. This position is currently a teleworking position and is subject to change.

This position will fulfill the state’s responsibilities under the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act by coordinating, developing, and preparing environmental review documents for metallic mineral mining projects. It would also provide project management and process support for state mine reclamation, water quality, and air quality permitting programs for metallic mineral mining.

Responsibilities include

  • Act as project manager for routine and complex proposals that require preparation of an Environmental Assessment worksheet under the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act where the DNR is legally designated as the responsible  governmental unit (RGU), in ensuring that the rules and requirements of Minnesota Rules 4410 and Minn. Stat. 116D.04 are fully met.
  • Prepare environmental review documents as assigned by unit supervisor or lead worker.
  • Assess the need for Environmental Assessment Worksheets (EAWs) based on Minnesota Rules 4410.
  • To provide staffing, policy guidance, and document preparation services to ensure that the complete MEPA environmental review of projects where DNR has comment opportunities occurs so that the rules and requirements of Minnesota Rules 4410 are fully met.
  • Prepare web text, press releases, formal and informal communications, and assemble a complete formal record for all assigned projects.
  • Participate in other Environmental Review Unit, Division, Agency, Environmental Quality Board or Minnesota Pollution
  • Control Agency projects as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business, Wildlife or Water Resources Management, Geology, Natural Resource Management, Hydrology, Urban and Regional Planning and Policy, Parks and Recreation, or a closely related field.
  • Two years of professional work experience in the areas of soil, geology and water resource planning or management, land use, water/watershed planning, surface or groundwater hydrology, biology, ecology, or related technical or planning work.
  • Experience in project management and meeting facilitation with project management skills sufficient to manage many concurrent activities, coordinate and organize the work of others, identify critical paths, perform project risk assessments, and identify, define, sequence, prioritize, schedule, and assign resources.
  • Knowledge of ecology and natural resource systems sufficient to understand and communicate impacts to natural resources as a result of changes in the hydrologic cycle, land use, and in the balance between surface and ground water resources.
  • Ability to interpret maps, hydrologic data, and studies/reports about lakes, streams, wetlands, and aquifers and provide information to a variety of audiences.
  • Interpersonal and human relations skills sufficient to establish ongoing effective, positive, trusting, and professional relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Facilitation, conflict management, and leadership skills sufficient to bring together diverse perspectives and accomplish conservation objectives, even in contentious environments.
  • Excellent communication skills sufficient to develop, prepare, and present information in a coherent, objective, and technically sound manner to diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong technological skills to prepare planning products, including maps and summary data, using word processing, spreadsheet, geographic information systems (GIS), and presentation software.
  • Experience with virtual meeting platforms, such as Microsoft Teams, sufficient to schedule meetings, lead meetings and screen-share.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Public Administration, Business, Wildlife or Water Resources Management, Geology, Natural Resource Management, Hydrology, Urban and Regional Planning and Policy, Parks and Recreation, or a closely related field. One year or more of project management experience, either in the role of project manager, project analyst, or project planning support.
  • Experience with water resource planning and management in state, federal, or local units of government.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the underlying laws, rules, and policies that guide the Department’s water and related land use management programs and political processes
  • Experience in environmental review (EAWs, EISs, EAs) in state or federal capacity.

Physical Requirements

Very Light Work – occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. 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.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

  • This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License with a clear driving record.
  • It is policy of the Department of Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components:

Our goal as an employer is to actively recruit, welcome and support a workforce, which is diverse and inclusive of people who are underrepresented in the development of State of Minnesota policies, programs and practices, so that we can support the success and growth of all people.

We are proud to operate within a Culture of Respect that provides a healthy, safe, and productive work environment for all employees. This means that our employees are respectful to one another and to our customers. We believe that promoting a Culture of Respect allows our employees to do their best work in support of the agency’s mission.

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.


If you have questions about the position, contact Jill Townley at jill.townley@state.mn.us or 651/259-5168.

To apply for this job please visit careers.mn.gov.