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 /
Division/Unit: Environmental Analysis & Outcomes/ Air Monitoring
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
Travel Required: Yes- Approx. 5%
Salary Range: $33.64 - $50.24/hourly; $70,240 -
Classified Status: Classified
Bargaining Unit/Union: 216 - Middle Management
FLSA Status: Exempt - Executive
Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes
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
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
1) One year of supervisory experience in environmental
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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 email@example.com. Please indicate what
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