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Pollution Control Spec Prin/ Supervisor Air Monitoring

Company: State of Minnesota
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Job Details

Job Class: Pollution Control Specialist Principal

Working Title: Supervisor Air Monitoring

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 05/19/2021

Closing Date: 06/08/2021

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Pollution Control Agency / Pollution Control-MMA

Division/Unit: Environmental Analysis & Outcomes/ Air Monitoring Unit

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift

Travel Required: Yes- Approx. 5%

Salary Range: $33.64 - $50.24/hourly; $70,240 - $104,901/annually

Classified Status: Classified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 216 - Middle Management Association/MMA

FLSA Status: Exempt - Executive

Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

Job Summary

The primary purpose of the Air Monitoring Unit is to generate high-quality air monitoring data via the operation of ambient air and deposition monitoring networks to demonstrate compliance with State and Federal standards; to report hourly criteria pollutant values to support the Air Quality Index program; to promote the protection of public health; and to support MPCA regulatory programs. The unit collects data from continuous analyzers deployed to the network and from the analyses of sample media in the air quality laboratory. Monitoring programs supported by the unit include: criteria air pollutants, trace-level analyzers, air toxics, acid and mercury deposition, total suspended particulates, hydrogen sulfide, total reduced sulfur, black carbon, ultrafine particles, meteorological parameters and supports special projects.


Minimum Qualifications

The incumbent will supervise the activities and resources of the Air Monitoring Unit and will direct the development, delivery of work products and the continuous improvement of the Air Monitoring Unit. Building strong relationships and communication bridges to staff in this unit is critical. The incumbent is also be responsible for building respectful, responsive and collegial relationships with external parties, including citizens, federal, state and local governmental units to allow the MPCA to achieve its mission.

1) One year of supervisory experience in environmental protection/pollution control,


2) Two years of advanced professional experience in environmental protection/pollution control. Examples for internal candidates - ( Environmental Specialist 4, Planner Principal, Hydrologist 2, Engineer 2 Graduate, Research Scientist 2, or related classes).


3) Three years of environmental experience performing work equivalent to an Environmental Specialist 3 level or senior level work directing, designing and developing criteria for permits, enforcement, negotiation, or environmental programs.


4) Equivalent combination of the above.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws and program requirements that pertain to air quality, in particular regulations that pertain to state and federal air quality monitoring requirements and data quality standards.

Knowledge of the structure, policies and procedures of local, state, and federal government.

Leadership skills sufficient to supervise the unit; maintain effective relationships with unit staff, other agency staff and leadership; and the ability to establish shared goals, enable others to act and encourage positive behaviors from staff supporting many different areas of the agency's operations.

A strong understanding of the scientific principals underpinning environmental sampling and monitoring, analytical laboratory operations and practices, data quality practices, and the management of environmental data to support data analysis and environmental risk management decisions.

A strong understanding of the scientific method, the principles of environmental sampling, and the need for high quality environmental data to inform analysis and program decisions.

A working understanding of the use of air pollutant fate and transport, including the interaction between meteorology and air quality, to support and guide technical staff in the unit.

A working understanding of the principals of risk assessment, risk communication and risk management.

An understanding of the principals of effective negotiation.

Communication skills sufficient to clearly and tactfully communicate in a manner appropriated for the intended audience.

The ability to manage priorities through balance of long- and short-term goals and objectives and appropriate follow through on priorities; manage budgets and follow MPCA and state purchasing and contracting requirements; guide others through problem-solving and conflict resolution; give appropriate autonomy for decision-making; and evaluate, define and negotiate outcomes.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small equipment. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.

Additional Requirements

Driver's License check requirement:

A driver's license is an essential function of this position. This requires possession of an unrestricted Class D Driver's License. The job offer is contingent on confirmation of a valid driver's license AND a satisfactory DLR check.

Requires a Class D Driver's License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.

Application Details

Why Work For Us

Our mission is to protect and improve the environment and human health. We work with many partners (citizens, communities, and businesses, all levels of government, environmental groups and educators) to prevent pollution, conserve resources, and to help ensure polluting does not have disproportionate impact on any groups of people.

The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, a retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year. We emphasize work-life balance, and strive to have inclusive workplace for everyone.

How to Apply

Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to


If you have questions about the position, contact Suzette Henry at


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email Please indicate what assistance you need.

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