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Job Class: Hydrologist 2
Agency: MN Department of Natural Resources

This position was previously announced on 10/14/2023. If you already applied for this job, you do not need to reapply.

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 11/08/2023
  • Closing Date: 11/29/2023
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources 
  • Division/Unit: Division of Ecological and Water Resources
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $28.50 - $41.93 / hourly; $59,508 - $87,549 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
  • Re-Posting: Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Job Summary


The Division of Ecological and Water Resources is seeking to fill three (3) Hydrologist 2 positions located in Bemidji and Fergus Falls. These positions exist to ensure sustainability of northwest Minnesota’s water and natural resources through public waters protection, water supply management, providing information and technical analysis for decision-making, project impact assessment and review, and working collaboratively with citizens, businesses, local units of government and other stakeholders on natural resource issues. These positions also complete work assignments that involve district and region-wide projects and policy.

Responsibilities Include:

Ensure water resources are permitted and sustained in accordance with applicable State statutes and rules.

Promote compliance in the State’s water use and implement water resource conservation and sustainability. 

Assist with technical analysis and to provide quality assistance to the general public, local units of government and other resource professionals so that data, information, and regulations may be correctly interpreted in a useful manner. This includes quantitative, as well as qualitative information. 

Develop and expand partnerships with the general public and governmental agencies to improve collaboration and better integrate responsibilities among resource managers.

Lead in the coordination of DNR resources with local, regional and state land and water protection organizations and partnerships. 

1-3 days/week of work in the field (outside of an office) reviewing projects and/or gathering information in an 11 county work area in the NW part of MN around Fergus Falls.  Occasional travel outside that work area will be required as well for additional field work, meetings, workshops, etc.

This position may be eligible to telework on a full or part-time basis which is subject to change. If approved, the employee would be required to complete a telework agreement.



Minimum Qualifications

Transcripts are required for this position. Applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be sent instructions for transcript review after the posting close date.

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering, Hydrology, Forest Hydrology, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Soil Science, Water Resources Management, Hydraulics, Environmental Science, Earth Science, or related major.
  • Transcript requirement:
    • Three hydrology qualifying courses in the areas of: Hydrology, Hydraulics, Hydrogeology/Groundwater Hydrology, Water Resources Engineering, Hydrologic Modeling, Watershed Management, Groundwater, Fluid Mechanics, fluvial geomorphology.
    • OR Two hydrology qualifying courses and two courses (or equivalent experience) in: Geology, Geomorphology, Geochemistry, Geography, Limnology, Erosion and Sediment Control, Environmental Engineering, Soils.
  • Two years of professional experience in surface water or groundwater hydrology, soil and water resource management, hydrogeology, hydrologic modeling, geochemistry or regulatory work (An advanced degree in the appropriate major may substitute for one year of experience).
  • Fundamental knowledge and understanding of hydrology, ecology, geology, hydraulics, engineering methods and modeling, watershed management, and natural resource management.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts that arise between competing users of available water resource supplies, and to establish and maintain effective working relationships and provide training to all levels of government officials, the public, and other DNR employees.
  • Ability to evaluate technical reports, provide critical reviews, make decisions, and render solutions to water resource management problems.
  • Fundamental knowledge of Land Use Management principles.
  • Considerable knowledge of coordinated resource management, ecosystem management, economics, law enforcement, and budget process.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced degree in Environmental or Agricultural Engineering; Forest Hydrology; Geography; Geology; Geophysics; Hydrogeology; Hydrology; Ecology; Natural Resources and Environmental Studies; Soil Science, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies, or related major.

Experience in 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.

Applicants must have the ability to meet the physical requirements and work in the environmental conditions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations. 

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 

It is policy of the Department of Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  • Conflict of Interest Review
  • Criminal History Check
  • Education Verification
  • Employment Reference / Records Check
  • License / Certification Verification

Application Details


How to Apply

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If you have questions about the position, contact Erik Anthonisen at or (218) 671-8079.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to assist with the application process, please contact the ADA Coordinator at To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Tori Hansen at

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.