Permitting Technician

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Jobs - Full Time
Minnetonka, MN

Position Announcement:


Title: Permitting Technician

Job Type: Full-Time

Salary Range: $52,275.75 - $62,730.90; starting salary range is based on qualifications

Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled

First Review Date: March 18, 2018



About the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is a local unit of government responsible for managing and protecting the water resources within the 178 square miles that drain into the Minnehaha Creek and ultimately the Mississippi River. Over the past 50 years, the MCWD has implemented over 70 projects, conserved and restored over 700 acres of land, and implemented countless partnerships in an effort to protect some of our state’s most iconic resources. 


MCWD believes that clean water and a healthy natural environment are essential ingredients in creating vibrant, sustainable communities. The lakes, streams, wetlands, and green space that make up the MCWD landscape create a sense of place that provides a local identity, adds economic value and increases well-being. This belief is core to our mission of working with public and private partners to protect and improve land and water for generations to come.


MCWD is looking forward to the next decade as we continue to implement our vision through our newly adopted Watershed Management Plan. With its driven staff, strong Board of Managers, and growing partnerships, MCWD is poised for continued success.


MCWD has an annual budget of $15 million and employs a dedicated professional staff of 26 who work on natural resource planning, project development, land conservation, land use policy, water quality monitoring, permitting, education and communication.


MCWD offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, tuition reimbursement, professional development, opportunities for growth, and a collaborative work environment. As a result you will find a culture that supports staff coordination, innovation and execution, with the purpose of improving the MCWD’s delivery of service to its constituents.


Position Description/Summary of Position

The Permitting Program’s purpose is to protect natural resources from degradation associated with land use change.  The Permitting Technician performs technical work administering and issuing permits.  In addition, the Permitting Technician will implement and administer the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA), lead or support compliance enforcement, and advance the strategic objectives of the MCWD.  This position will work closely with the Program Manager to identify and build new public and private partnerships with stakeholders to achieve natural resource benefits beyond regulation alone.


This position is right for an entry level natural resource professional with a passion for protecting and restoring the environment. The ideal candidate will have thorough knowledge on state rules and statues governing land use and water resource management and protection; general knowledge of land use planning; ability to provide superior customer service; and, be able to operate collaboratively in a fast paced, team-oriented environment.


Qualifications for the position include a Bachelor’s degree in natural resources or related field and a minimum of 1-3 years of professional experience in natural resources, natural resource compliance, planning, code enforcement, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


The complete job description and application form are available at: To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and application form to For questions about the job duties please contact Tom Dietrich at 952-473-2855 or