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Now Hiring - Natural Resources Engineer

Wright SWCD is now accepting applications for a full-time Natural Resources Engineer.

Position will be located at Wright SWCD, 311 Brighton Ave S Ste. C, Buffalo, MN 55313.

Application Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on July 1, 2024

Anticipated Interviews: July 18-23, 2024

Full Salary Range: $77,186 - $117,429 (starting salary based upon qualifications and experience)

Position Purpose:

This position performs in a technical capacity to carry out the installation of the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District’s Best Management Practices within Wright County.  Technical duties include, but are not limited to, all facets of the design and installation of a conservation practice from the inception of the project to the check-out upon completion of construction.  This position will also be fully involved with other District programs as time allows and as directed by the District Manager. The position holder will be expected to work as a team member with conservation partners, namely other SWCDs and Natural Resources Conservation Service staff to accomplish conservation goals.


·         Advise landowners and oversee the installation of conservation practices

·         Gather soil and water resource data for the preparation of conservation practice designs, including detailed land surveys and drainage area delineation for practice design

·         Design conservation projects and practices to prevent soil erosion, sedimentation, and/or improve water quality

·         Lead meetings with contractors prior to and during construction

·         Supervise field layout, construction, and check-out of the conservation practices

·         Operate drone to gather project information and documentation of completed projects

·         Work in partnership with other government agencies, associations and landowners

·         Other tasks and duties as assigned based on business needs

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Minimum four (4) year degree in Agriculture, Civil or related Engineering field from an ABET accredited program

·         A registered professional agricultural or civil engineer licensed in the State of Minnesota, or the ability to attain this licensure within two (2) years

·         Knowledge and experience in the areas of agricultural and urban erosion control best management practices, wetland restorations, streambank stabilization, feedlot pollution abatement and storm water management

·         Strong interpersonal skills, capable of working effectively with individuals in the public, private, and Government sectors, self-motivated, and able to work independently

·         A valid driver’s license, physical ability to carry equipment over rough terrain, and perform outdoor work in all seasons of the year.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

·         Must be able to pass a USDA security background check

Desired Qualifications:

·         Two (2) years of related technical experience working with landowners, the farming community, local government, and/or other community groups on Best Management Practices

·         Proficient in the use of computer-aided design software (AutoCAD Civil 3D and HydroCAD), GIS software (ArcPro), and Microsoft Suite

·         Knowledge and experience with total station and survey grade GPS survey equipment

·         An understanding of agriculture and various natural resource agencies

·         An understanding of Soil and Water Conservation District functions, goals, and programs

Candler with survey equipment near lake


Health, dental, vision, PTO, paid Holiday’s, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and pension plan.

The Wright Soil and Water Conservation District is focused on building a workforce that is diverse and inclusive.  We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, and consider applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other basis forbidden under federal, state, or local law.

Application Process:

To be considered, please submit by email or mail the Wright SWCD Job Application Form (found on SWCD website), cover letter, and a personal resume by the application deadline to:

Wright Soil and Water Conservation District

Luke Johnson, District Manager

311 Brighton Avenue S, Suite C

Buffalo, MN 55313

Phone: 763-682-1933 ext. 3


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