Environmental Technician
City of Eden Prairie, Minnesota - Eden Prairie, MN

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The Environmental Technician’s role is to support the Environmental Coordinator in the education, monitoring, inventory, and enforcement of issues surrounding environmental impact in the City of Eden Prairie. The Environmental Technician is primarily responsible for the following areas of impact:

  • Maintain and update the inventory and documentation of the City’s storm water system by identifying, evaluating, photographing and mapping storm water ponds, wetlands, inlets and outlets. This will include review of construction profiles, as-built surveys and grading plans as well as field documentation. Enter data into the City’s Microsoft Access database.
  • Work with the City’s consultant to conduct field evaluation of stormwater ponding areas for treatment capacity and sedimentation. This will include time on the water in waders or in a boat to complete pond elevation profiles.
  • Evaluate construction sites, conservation easement areas, wetland buffers and wetland mitigation areas for compliance with City wetland and water quality ordinances.
  • Coordinate the Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP) during the summer. This will include attending training in May and June, collecting and identifying invertebrate and vegetation samples from local wetlands and scheduling and supervising the laboratory analysis. This will include occasional evening and weekend hours.
  • Assist in enforcing the City’s lawn watering program. This will include occasional evening and weekend hours.
  • Coordinate and lead educational activities at the City’s Environmental Learning Center, including tours and laboratory experiments for elementary school students.
  • Assist with managing the City’s recycling program, including tracking monthly data and setting up the City’s Annual Clean Up Day.
  • Assist with conducting traffic counts as needed.
  • Assist with the City’s watercraft inspection program.
  • Assist in developing educational materials for Eden Prairie citizens on environmental policies and practices.
  • General administrative duties including customer service support at the engineering counter, answering telephones and filing/organizing records and other information.
  • While these areas are the primary focus of the position, we believe strongly in teamwork and employees will be called upon to perform a variety of duties as a part of their role with the City.

    Position Requirements

    Education: High school degree required; must be pursuing or have recently completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a related field such as engineering, biology, water resources or environmental health.

    Work Experience: Previous internship experience preferred.

    Technical Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook). Experience with GIS, AutoCAD or ArcView is required.

    Physical Requirements: Must be able to work outside in various weather conditions, and negotiate through rough terrain, and have the ability to repeatedly lift sampling equipment and supplies (approximately 20 to 30 lbs).

    City Expectations

    All employees are expected to contribute to the success of our organization by demonstrating the shared expectations: Customer Focus, Flexibility, Initiative, Results Orientation, Public Stewardship, and Teamwork .

    Position Specific Expectations

    Communication: Able to convey a message to get a point across; communicates in a clear and concise manner; able to write clearly and succinctly; tailors message to a variety of communication settings and styles.

    Attention to Detail: Able to find errors in work and solve problems; anticipates issues and performs at a high level of accuracy; sets up systems to ensure errors are not repeated.

    Accountability: Follows through on commitments; focuses on appropriate tasks throughout the shift; takes responsibilities for actions both as an individual and on behalf of the organization; actions and words are in sync; follows all policies and procedures; maintains confidentiality; is prepared and punctual to all scheduled shifts.

    Problem Solving: Uses judgment to solve difficult problems in a timely manner; compares possible options; uses reasoning to explain necessary next steps; looks beyond the obvious; challenges the first answer and seeks alternatives; probes several resources to obtain all relevant information.

    Pre-employment Process

    The City of Eden Prairie conducts professional reference and a criminal history check including a driver’s check (must have excellent driving record) for this position. All final candidates must successfully complete and pass the City’s evaluation of the pre-employment process before their first day of employment.

    Application Process

    Application Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013

    Review of Applications: Week of April 8, 2013

    Interviews: Week of April 15, 2013

    Expected Start Date: End of May, 2013

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