Southwest Prairie Technical Service Area (TSA)
Southwest Prairie Technical Service Area (TSA)
Position Title: Engineering
Technicians (2 positions Open)
Position Location: Lincoln
Soil and Water Conservation District ~ Ivanhoe, MN 56142
qui Parle Soil and Water Conservation District – Madison, MN 56256
Employment Terms: Full-time, permanent.
Application Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. (Must be received by 4:30 p.m.)
Letter of Inquiry, Resume and Application
By U.S. Postal Service or Emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview Date: First Week of June 2019 (qualified applicants only)
Range: $19 - $25 per hour plus benefits (depending
include PTO, paid holidays, PERA retirement plan and health insurance.
Position Description: The Southwest
Prairie Technical Service Area Joint Powers Board is hiring two Engineering
Technicians to provide technical and engineering assistance to and through the
11-county member Soil and Water Conservation Districts. This position will provide technical
assistance to implement best management practices (BMPs) that protect and
conserve water and soil resources, with a priority on projects funded through
state programs including but not limited to state cost-share, clean water funds
and state revolving loan funds. The
Engineering Technicians will work closely with the lead TSA project engineer to
provide a wide range of technical assistance and leadership for evaluation,
design and construction of eligible BMPs, and for effective program management.
The Engineering Technicians will report and coordinate work schedules to
and through the TSA Conservation Engineer, District Manager or the hosting
SWCD; and with limited supervision by the TSA Administrator.
The position holder will work under the technical supervision of the
lead Engineer. However, design methods
and standards should be compatible with NRCS standards, as well as the
applicable policies and procedures of the project funding source.
Education and Experience: Successful
completion of a minimum 2 years of post-secondary education that included at
least 12 semester hours in any combination of surveying, engineering,
construction, drafting, physics, mathematics, soils, water quality, ecology,
agronomy, ag business and project management.
Or a combination of education and experience listed above.
Knowledge of the current principles and practice of
engineering are required.
Knowledge and expertise in the areas of erosion
control, feedlot pollution abatement and other agronomic conservation
Working knowledge of contract administration and
the use of computer-aided design and drafting equipment and total station
Desired areas of expertise include hydrology,
hydraulics, surveying, agronomy, geology, soil science, soil mechanics,
structures and related sciences.
Ability to effectively communicate orally and in
writing with landowners, design team members, construction contractors and
Negotiation skills are necessary to help resolve
conflicts that may arise with regard to project designs, potential project
impacts and construction.
Sound leadership, supervision and coordination
skills are necessary for effective team building technical assistance and
Applicants must have strong written, verbal, and
communications skills; be highly motivated to work with limited supervision,
and also be able to take direction from multiple sources.
Valid Driver’s License or evidence of equivalent
Conduct site investigations, in cooperation with
appropriate project participants, to identify critical site conditions,
constraints and related opportunities.
Supervise or conduct data research efforts
including but not limited to, topographic surveys and soil investigations
necessary for BMP feasibility studies.
Coordinate data and review with project team
members to concur on appropriate conservation practices; provide cost estimates
for those practices; and in a well-documented and efficient manner provide
those results to the landowner(s), lead SWCD staff and other interested
Utilize sound engineering principals, design
standards and methods to prepare or supervise the preparation of final project
designs and associated construction plans, specifications and cost estimates,
in cooperation with project team members.
Both manual and computer-aided drafting methods are utilized and
available and appropriate.
Provide appropriate technical assistance to
landowners, SWCD staff and project leaders for the acquisition of permits or
other authorizations required for project implementation.
Provide technical assistance to SWCD staff,
landowners and project leaders for preparation of construction contract
agreements and selection of construction contractors (if necessary).
Provide or supervise technical assistance for any
necessary modifications of designs or specifications during construction,
including change orders and contract modifications (if necessary).
In cooperation with lead Engineer, ensure that
plans and specifications are revised, as appropriate, when design changes are
made during construction.
Perform or supervise construction inspection in a
timely and cost effective manner to ensure that the final product meets or
exceeds the requirements of the construction plans and specifications.
Provide technical assistance to conservation
partners and clientele, as directed, for effective program management
(planning, prioritizing, integration and delivery).
must submit a letter of inquiry, resume and completed job application for
employment to the Southwest Prairie Technical Service Area through the mail or
email. Applications may be picked up at 210
10th Street, Windom, MN 56101, calling
507-832-8287 or at www.cottonwoodswcd.org.
Applications will be evaluated based on the information supplied in the
resume and application to determine if they meet the minimum job
qualifications. Top applicants will be
selected for interviews.
of Inquiry, Resume and completed Job Application must be received by 4:30 p.m.
at 210 10th Street, Windom, MN 56101 or received by email at email@example.com; date and time stamp will be enforced.
Equal Employment Opportunity
candidates will be considered without discrimination for any non-merit reason
such as race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political
beliefs, sexual orientation and marital or family status.