District Engineer – Engineer Graduate I or II

Minnesota Department of Health
September 13, 2023
St. Cloud, MN
Job Type


Job Details

Working Title: District Engineer
Job Class: Engineer I or II Graduate
Agency: Health Department

This position was previously announced on 08/03/2023. If you already applied for this job, you do not need to reapply.

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted : 09/13/2023
  • Closing Date : 10/05/2023
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Health Department / Health-MGEC
  • Division/Unit : Health Protection / EH DWP S Regn
  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift
  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required : No
  • Salary Range: $27.14 - $40.01 / hourly; $56,668 - $83,540 / annually
  • Classified Status : Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 212 - MN Govt Engineers Council/Engineers
  • Last Incumbent : Jennifer Soltys
  • Supervisor Name : Kim Larsen
  • FLSA Status : Exempt - Professional
  • Telework Eligible : Yes
  • Re-Posting : Yes
  • 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

Join the mission-driven team in Environmental Health and help protect public health in the use and consumption of water. As an Engineer I or II Graduate, you will assist in the performance of program responsibilities in the Drinking Water Protection Section related to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and the Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF) loan program. These program responsibilities assure the adequate operations and treatment of public water supplies in order to promote and protect the health of consumers.

Responsibilities include :

• Conduct inspections and bacteriological investigations of community water supplies.

• Collect water samples as required.

• Review plans and specifications of drinking water projects and make appropriate recommendations.

• Assist with providing engineering and construction oversight of projects.

• Examine the environmental reviews of public water supply improvement projects.

• Deal with emergency situations (natural disasters, security breaches, and terrorist acts) involving Drinking water systems.

• Provide technical assistance to community water operators, suppliers, department field staff, and others regarding the planning, design, operation, maintenance, treatment, quality control, security, and assessment of public water systems.

• Provide general information to the public on public water supplies.

• Represent the MDH at meetings and conferences.

• Respond to consumer complaints regarding water quality, suspected waterborne illness, low pressure, etc.

This position is being posted at both the Engineer 1 Graduate and Engineer 2 Graduate level. The level at which the position is filled will be based on the top candidate's qualifications. The location for this position is St. Cloud MN. The work will combine field work and partial telework.


Minimum Qualifications

Resumes must reflect qualifications to be considered:

Engineer I Graduate:

• Bachelor's degree (or a degree in progress) in Civil, Environmental/Sanitary, Chemical, Mechanical Engineering or related engineering field

Engineer II Graduate:

• Bachelor's degree in Civil, Environmental/Sanitary, Chemical, Mechanical Engineering or related engineering field


• Two years professional level engineering experience

One year para-professional engineering experience may be substituted for six months of professional experience. A master's degree in Civil, Environmental/Sanitary, Chemical, Mechanical Engineering or related engineering field may be substituted for 18 months of professional experience .

Additional minimum qualifications assessed during the interview:

• Ability to communicate technical engineering information, orally and written, interpreting engineering data and information

• Experience communicating technical engineering information, orally and written, interpreting engineering data and information

• Public water system engineering knowledge including operation, construction and design, and rules, requirements, and application of the Safe Drinking Water Act

Preferred Qualifications

Engineer in Training certification from National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)

Knowledge of common engineering practices, methods, and procedures in technical engineering work

Experience using equipment and materials in modern engineering operations

Ability to recognize transmission risks in public health work involving waterborne diseases

Experience effectively prioritizing workloads and meeting essential timelines for assigned project completion

Experience with documents, maps, gauges, equipment manuals, and computer use sufficient to operate computer/software and produce reports

Physical Requirements

• Move over even/uneven or sloping ground for significant periods of time, including on snow covered ground, for up to a mile

• Move as much as 50 pounds of equipment or samples and frequently shift from ground to waist height and from waist to shoulder height

• Work outdoors in all seasons with inside/outside exposure to weather extremes

• Perform gross and fine motor tasks, sometimes with unprotected fingers and hands, in varying indoor/outdoor temperature

• Work in small, confined spaces

• Work in loud environments for short periods of time

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of a background check.

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 careers@state.mn.us . For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers .

If you have questions about the position, contact Alexis Isaacson at alexis.e.isaacson@state.mn.us or 651-539-2266 .

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 Alexis Isaacson at alexis.e.isaacson@state.mn.us .

About Health Department

Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy.

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 careers@state.mn.us and indicate what assistance is needed.

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