Water Resource Coordinator

Pelican River Watershed District
Detroit Lakes, MN, United States
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Pelican River Watershed District seeks a full-time Water Resource Coordinator.

Position Description (PDF)

Job Posting (PDF)


PRWD Employment Application (MSWord) (PDF)

Complete and submit electronically the PRWD Employment Application, Resume and Cover Letter to:

Selection Process

Closing Date:  September 19, 2019

Interviews Begin:  September 23, 2019

Anticipated Start Date:  October 2019

Position will remain open until filled.

About the Position - See complete Job Posting (PDF)  above

The Water Resource Coordinator will provide critical administrative and technical assistance in water resource protection and planning, with emphasis on assisting with the District’s water management permit program, operation and maintenance of a watershed-wide water monitoring program, GIS, project management and civic engagement/public outreach activities.   We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision, and the ability to adapt daily to the needs of our programs.

Some of the key work activities of the Water Resources Coordinator position are:

  • Assists with permit processing and maintenance, including site visits, reviewing permit applications for technical completeness, maintaining and updating permit-related databases and templates. 
  • Develops, implements and maintains the District water quality monitoring program and plans, and budget. Provides technical, design, and graphic expertise including water quality modeling, GIS, and Adobe Suite. Trains and provides direction to the summer monitoring interns.
  • Works closely with the Local Governmental Units within the District which includes the City of Detroit Lakes, Becker and Otter Tail Counties, Becker and West Otter Tail SWCD offices, and other Federal and State (MPCA, BWSR, MN DNR) coordinating agencies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. A more complete job description may be viewed on the PRWD website: www.prwd.org


  • Writing and analytical skills sufficient to draft technical reports, letters, correspondence, lake management plans, etc.
  • Knowledge of sampling techniques, science applications, and scientific equipment to conduct lake and stream water quality sampling, lake vegetation surveys, and shoreline assessments.
  • Communications, public relations and presentation skills sufficient to effectively present watershed information (water quality, lake health, District permitting program, projects, etc.) to board members and to diverse groups of stakeholders, peers and youth groups.
  • Computer literacy, including knowledge of Arc GIS, databases, spreadsheets, and word processing.
  • Ability to self-start and to work independently without close supervision.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and programs simultaneously.
  • Accounting and/or budgeting experience is desired.

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in Natural Resources, Biology, Ecological Sciences, Hydrology or closely related fields and a minimum of 2 years’ of professional level experience in an environmental field  


A Master's degree in one of the above fields.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: Must possess a valid driver's license with no major traffic convictions in the past 5 years, have the ability to maintain and safely operate equipment, such as boats, motors, trailers, etc., occasionally work in adverse weather and environmental conditions,  lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds, and work at a desk.

Salary Range: $50,000 - $68,000