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Quality Assurance Coordinator - Environmental Specialist 4

Company: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: April 3, 2024

Job Description:

Working Title: Quality Assurance Coordinator
Job Class: Environmental Specialist 4
Agency: Pollution Control Agency

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 03/19/2024
  • Closing Date: 04/08/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Pollution Control Agency / Pollution Control-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: Environmental Analysis & Outcomes / Environmental Data Quality Unit
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes - Up to 10% of the time
  • Salary Range: $30.55 - $45.02 / hourly; $63,788 - $94,001 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Telework Eligible: Yes - Up to 50% of the time
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : Yes
    Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

    The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

    Job Summary

    This position is the Agency's expert on quality systems that govern ambient air quality monitoring. This position exists to administer and coordinate the Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) Program for the statewide ambient air quality monitoring networks and MPCA Air Laboratory. The Coordinator directs activities to ensure and track compliance with all state and federal quality requirements that govern the collection, analysis and reporting of air quality assurance data to the USEPA for the purpose of demonstrating attainment with State and National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The Coordinator administers and conducts data validation procedures through the review of raw data, quality control records and statistical analyses. The Coordinator is responsible for making final recommendations regarding data quality and the need for qualifiers before submittal to the USEPA. The Coordinator leads and/or assists in the review and approval of Quality Management Plans, Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP), Air Monitoring Network Plans and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for field and laboratory processes.


    Minimum Qualifications

    A Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, or related science and two years of advanced professional level experience with duties involving laboratory data collection (including developing data quality objectives and the ability to critically review data) and demonstrated experience working with Quality Assurance (planning, overseeing, and executing quality assurance project plans and other documentation). Advanced professional-level experience is equivalent to Senior Environmental Specialist/Environmental Specialist 3 level work.

    Good communication skills, interpersonal skills, collaboration skills, and planning/organization skills sufficient to perform senior-level professional work.

    Possess a valid Driver's license (see additional requirements).

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will not sponsor applicants for work visas. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Demonstrated work experience with:

    Developing and implementing quality assurance program plans (QAPPs), standard operating procedures (SOPs), and data quality objectives (DQOs).

    Knowledge of:

    State and Federal air monitoring regulations.

    Air sampling and monitoring methods.

    Laboratory methods such as gravimetric methods, GC-MS, UHPLC, and ICP-MS.

    Statistical analysis of data.

    Ability to:

    Plan and coordinate quality assurance project plans.

    Critically review analytical or monitoring data and reports, make assessments, and provide recommendations.

    Effectively lead, mentor, and serve as a team member.

    Skilled in:

    Data and project management.

    Physical Requirements

    Requires occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders and boxes, tools, or heavier materials with help from others and/or moving light objects frequently. A job in this category may require maintaining a stationary position to a significant degree or may involve a certain amount of moving necessary in carrying out job duties.

    Additional Requirements

    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

    How to Apply

    Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .

    If you have questions about the position, contact Donovan Baugh at .

    To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Donovan Baugh at .

    About Pollution Control Agency

    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. We emphasize work-life balance with flex schedules, compressed schedules, and options to telework for some positions.

    Why Work for Us

    Diverse Workforce

    We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

    A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
    • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
    • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
    • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
    • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule
      Comprehensive Benefits

      Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
      • Public pension plan
      • Training and professional development
      • Paid vacation and sick leave
      • 11 paid holidays each year
      • Paid parental leave
      • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
      • Prescription drug coverage
      • Vision coverage
      • Wellness programs and resources
      • Employer paid life insurance
      • Short-term and long-term disability
      • Health care spending and savings accounts
      • Dependent care spending account
      • Tax-deferred compensation
      • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
      • Tuition reimbursement
      • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
        Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


        Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. 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 and indicate what assistance is needed.

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