Planner Intermediate or Planner Senior State

Minnesota DNR

  • Full-Time
  • St. Paul
  • Application deadline: 2022-06-21

This vacancy is being announced at two different job classes at the same time: Planner Intermediate or Planner Senior State. Only one position is being filled; the final class and starting salary is dependent on the successful applicant’s qualifications based on resume/interview. There is only one Job ID for this vacancy, and you will be considered for the highest classification for which you qualify.

This is a Temporary Unclassified position and is expected to end 3 years after the start date. 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
  • Assist lead worker in developing and coordinating complex Environmental Impact Statements.
  • Assess the need for Environmental Assessment Worksheets (EAWs) based on Minnesota Rules 4410.
  • To provide staffing, coordination, 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.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Planner Intermediate:

  • 1 year of professional or graduate level 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 planning work.

Planner Senior State:

  • 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 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.

At either level, experience/education must include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business, Wildlife or Water Resources Management, Geology, Natural Resource Management, Hydrology, Urban and Regional Planning and Policy, Environmental Science, Parks and Recreation, or a closely related field.
  • 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, Environmental Science, 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. Formal training in project management AND some experience working on large projects may substitute for 1-year experience.
  • Experience in environmental review (EAWs, EISs, EAs) in state or federal capacity.
  • Experience leading or planning meetings (internal teams or external workshops/public events).
  • Experience with GovDelivery or similar platform.
  • Experience planning out and executing many concurrent activities and identifying critical path.
  • 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

Additional Requirements

  • 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:
    • Employee Reference Checks
    • SEMA4 Record Check
    • Criminal History Check
    • Education/License Verification

How to Apply

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to our website.

Contact

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.