Basin Coordinator

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Iowa City, IA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Description
Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meet all selective requirements will be placed on the eligible list.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a vacancy for an Environmental Specialist Senior located in Iowa City, IA in the Watershed Improvement Section of the Department's Water Quality Bureau (in Des Moines, IA).

The primary responsibility will be to serves as the Basin Coordinator for assigned river basins throughout eastern Iowa. In this capacity provides a wide variety of technical support and assistance to numerous locally-led watershed projects, the Cedar River Coalition, prospective watershed projects/groups, and active Watershed Management Authorities in the state.

In addition, this position is a key element of DNR's role in implementing the nearly $97 million HUD National Disaster Resiliency Competition - Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA) project and directly supports the efforts of 5 of the 8 targeted Watershed Management Authorities (WMA) designated as eligible to receive these IWA project funds. Also serves as a Project Manager and technical advisor for several EPA Section 319 watershed projects, including proposal review, contract development and management, project activities monitoring and review, and all EPA-required reporting in fulfillment of EPA grant requirements.

This position will work closely with the Non point Source Pollution Program Coordinator and Watershed Improvement Section Supervisor and serve as a liaison between the DNR Watershed Improvement Program and other local, regional, and state watershed groups for assigned eastern Iowa River basins.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
•Provide direct technical assistance and serve as a resource to and assist WMAs, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), other units of local government, and other local watershed groups with the development and implementation of Watershed Management Plans and watershed implementation projects.
•Support delivery of local outreach programs with appropriate agencies, organizations, and individuals.  Develop and promote interest in watershed planning, water quality improvement, flood mitigation, and flood reduction with rural and urban constituencies including traditional and non-traditional watershed groups and partners.
•Collect resource data and assemble background information for local, regional, and state planning activities that relate to watershed management, water quality improvement, flood mitigation, and flood reduction.  Assist in providing field training to authorized local personnel on proper assessment and monitoring procedures.
•Prepare technical reports, electronic data and public information materials including presentations for state and local audiences related to watershed management, water quality improvement, and flood mitigation programs and plans.
• Assist in the development, review, approval and monitoring of project budgets for watershed management plans, and water quality improvement and flood mitigation projects at the local level.
• Assess the technical accuracy of watershed plans and implementation projects and provide recommendations and guidance to local watershed coordinators.
Essential Functions
Reviews and analyzes water quality, water quantity, and non point source pollution issues and mitigation strategies.
Reviews environmental principles related to sediment, nutrient and bacterial pollutants and their relationship to water quality. 
Communicates technical data and processes to non-technical audiences in a clear and understandable manner. 
Reads and comprehends technical and non-technical studies and reports on environmental planning, soil conservation, flood and hazard mitigation, and river basin and watershed planning.
Evaluates and interprets the relationship between agricultural production activities, economics, stream hydrology, and non point source pollution issues. 
Prepares and interprets reports, programmatic and financial tracking spreadsheets, and project and program information databases and contracts.
Facilitates discussions among technical and non-technical groups of internal and external stakeholders.
Reads and comprehends laws, rules, policies and position papers related to TMDLs, water quality assessments, water quality standards, watershed, and water quality improvement. 
Traverses open and/or cultivated fields, rolling terrain, riparian zones and stream beds.

Critical Job Competencies
Accountability, Integrity, High Productivity, Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills, Customer Focus, Team Player, Self-Management, Computer Skills, Technical Skills - Natural Resources Planning, Project Management and Problem-solving.

Applicants may attach a Resume/Cover Letter to the online application.

The DNR seeks to hire individuals who wish to support our mission, which is to conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organization, to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.

The starting salary for new state (Executive Branch) employees will be at the base of the pay range.  This position offers a competitive salary schedule and benefit package. The State of Iowa is an EEO/AA Employer.

246 Grant Writing and Management
6 months' professional level experience as one of a team or as the sole organizational resource managing the grant program, which includes all of the following: writing grant applications/proposals, managing grant funds, providing technical assistance to sub-grantees, monitoring grants, and grant performance reporting. Experience must have been a major or dominant function of the job. May also include experience reviewing, approving/awarding, and monitoring others' grant proposals, but this alone does not qualify.


621 Service and Performance Contract Negotiations and Management
6 months' experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination. Differs from labor contract negotiation. These are contracts with various vendors or other service providers and the applicant must have demonstrated experience and/or education that allowed them to review performance and service delivery and know what to do and be able to act when performance does not meet expectations. Includes: drafting or developing contracts for provision of products and/or services and the related budget components; negotiating the terms of contracts to include: costs, timeframes and performances expectations and/or work products; monitoring and managing all aspects of the contracts: to include timely submission of financial reports, performance reports, work products and determining when appropriate benchmarks for payment of invoices are met. Specific educational courses that relate to the selective might include: contract management, business law, principles of economics, business management and similar courses. 


456 Nutrient Management
18 semester hours in agronomy, chemistry, water resources, or biological sciences, or 6 months' experience in nutrient management which would have resulted in an ability to demonstrate an understanding of:Nutrient loading and transport principles as applies specifically to nitrogen and phosphorus. Nutrient management plans for agricultural production. Iowa's nutrient budget. Environmental principles and terminology in the areas of non point source pollution, nutrients and water quality. Nutrient management, soils and agronomic principles and practices. Potential sources of NPS pollution, nutrient cycling and effects of nutrients on aquatic ecosystems. Nutrients and their relationship to Iowa's impaired waters (Section 303(d) list) and Total Maximum Daily Loads. Iowa's Nutrient Management Strategy.  Ability to write and understand environmental rules, and the ability to communicate effectively the impacts of proposed or adopted rules. A combination of the required education and experience would qualify.


450 Natural Resources
6 months' experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both in one or in a combination of more than one of the following:Ecology, Environmental planning, Soil conservation, Biological sciences, Waste water treatment, Forestry, Engineering related to natural resource areas (dams, sanitary engineers, etc.), Outdoor recreation planning, Physical sciences, River basin planning, Geography, Wildlife management 

Minimum Qualification Requirements
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in a Natural Science and three years of full time professional scientific experience in an environmental program in the areas of water supply, waste water, animal feeding operations, hazardous substances, radiation, sewage treatment, solid waste, geology, history, archeology, flood plain, air pollution, dam safety, or underground storage tanks;

an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting one year of the required full-time professional work for each 30 semester hours of the required education;

an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting thirty semester hours of accredited graduate level coursework in a Natural Science, history, or archeology for each year of the required experience to a maximum substitution of two years;

employees with current continuous experience in the State of Iowa Executive Branch that includes twenty-four months of full-time work as an Environmental Specialist or Environmental Engineer.

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