Blue Thumb Job Board

Job seekers, please follow any links below to find more information about job opportunities.

Blue Thumb Partners and others are encouraged to share open positions with us. Please email your job listing information to megan@metroblooms.org.


Native Resource Preservation

Ecological Technician

From the roots up, Native Resource Preservation has grown through the mission of keeping our landscape free of unnatural disturbances, and restoring historical resilience to our ecosystems. We believe in preserving natural resources for our sake, and that of future generations. This means restoring fragmented habitats, removing harmful disturbances like invasive species, and releasing the soils to power native plants.

Position: The Ecological Technician works alongside a crew conducting prairie and forest restoration tasks such as herbicide application, prescribed fire, brush and tree removal, invasive species removal, stacking and burning brush piles, planting and seeding etc.

Deadline to apply: February 20th, or until positions have been filled. We are prioritizing candidates that can start immediately.

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Native Resource Preservation

Ecological Inventory Technician

From the roots up, Native Resource Preservation has grown through the mission of keeping our landscape free of unnatural disturbances, and restoring historical resilience to our ecosystems. We believe in preserving natural resources for our sake, and that of future generations. This means restoring fragmented habitats, removing harmful disturbances like invasive species, and releasing the soils to power native plants.

Position: Individual(s) hired will work alongside a crew conducting forest inventory and stand surveying projects both in-state and out-of-state. Between inventory projects, individual(s) may assist with restoration activities such as prescribed fire, brush removal, invasive species removal, etc. Individual(s) will be expected to travel overnight and over weekends for up to 7 days in a row.

Deadline to apply: February 20th, or until positions have been filled. We are prioritizing candidates that can start immediately.

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Native Resource Preservation

Ecological Operator Technician

From the roots up, Native Resource Preservation has grown through the mission of keeping our landscape free of unnatural disturbances, and restoring historical resilience to our ecosystems. We believe in preserving natural resources for our sake, and that of future generations. This means restoring fragmented habitats, removing harmful disturbances like invasive species, and releasing the soils to power native plants.

Position: The Ecological Operator Technician will work alongside a crew conducting prairie and forest restoration tasks such as herbicide application, prescribed fire, brush and tree removal, invasive species identification and removal, stacking and burning brush piles, planting and seeding etc. Operator technicians will be responsible for operating large machinery such as skid steers, skidders, feller bunchers, etc. when necessary for projects. When not operating machinery, operator techs will work alongside crews to assist with field work.

Deadline to apply: Open until filled.

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Metro Blooms

Development Manager

Metro Blooms is a nonprofit that partners with communities to create resilient landscapes and foster clean watersheds, embracing the values of equity and inclusion to solve environmental challenges. We believe that collaboration with our communities is the most impactful way to heal our earth and we strive to center relationships in all that we do. Most of our work happens in the Twin Cities metro, but we partner with organizations across Minnesota to create healthier outdoor spaces for people, water, and pollinators.

Position: This position will work with our Executive Director and communications staff to plan, implement and enhance our development programming, with an emphasis on growing a major gifts program. We are in the process of building out our fund development programming following growth over the past 2 years. While this position works within a team of staff pursuing community-centric work, it is the only development staff position at this time, and will work with minimal administrative support, so the ideal candidate is a both detail-oriented and a big-picture strategist.

Deadline to apply: Open until filled. Start date ideally mid-March.

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Light Dark Landscape

Maintenance Manager

Light Dark Landscape is a sustainable landscape company with an emphasis on using native plants to create habitat for critters and humans as well as visually beautiful spaces. Light Dark differs from other landscape companies by our devotion to reducing lawns, restoring shorelines, prairies and woodlands, using edibles, and creating water-smart solutions.

Position: The Maintenance Manager position will include both field and office time and involve scheduling maintenance visits as well as working and supervising crew during maintenance visits. The Maintenance Manager position will also include managing tool organization and supply inventory within work trucks and at the yard as well as training and ensuring crew on tool management. During slow periods there may be additional tasks such as planning staff gatherings or creating educational materials for clients.

Deadline to apply: Hiring decision to be made by mid-late February.

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Light Dark Landscape

Foreman/Crew Lead

Light Dark Landscape is a sustainable landscape company with an emphasis on using native plants to create habitat for critters and humans as well as visually beautiful spaces. Light Dark differs from other landscape companies by our devotion to reducing lawns, restoring shorelines, prairies and woodlands, using edibles, and creating water-smart solutions.

Position: The foreman/crew lead position will work under the Project Manager to ensure that our installs run smoothly and efficiently. A Project Manager will complete most of the materials ordering and work with Foreman during site visits to outline the order-of-operations, it will be the Foreman’s job to supervise the install crew and make sure the install progresses in an orderly fashion in the absence of the Project Manager. The Foreman will track and report materials and labor costs and supervise load in/load out each day. The Foreman is also expected to communicate with clients and report any questions or concerns to the Project Manager.

Deadline to apply: Hiring decision to be made by mid-late February.

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Friends of the Mississippi River

Ecologist/Project Manager

Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) is a leading nonprofit that protects, restores and enhances the Mississippi River and its watershed primarily in the Twin Cities region. The organization has become a national model for conservation and watershed protection. Our goals are to: improve water quality; conserve important lands; engage people in learning about and taking action to protect and enhance the river; inspire widespread commitment to this natural wonder flowing through our community; and protect our river’s unique scenic, natural, cultural and recreational qualities.

Position: The Ecologist will be a member of FMR’s four-person Land Conservation Department and will provide survey, planning, land management and restoration services to landowner partners in the organization’s conservation focus areas. The position will report to the Conservation Director and work closely with the Pollinator Biologist/Wildlife Ecologist (a new position that we’re also hiring for) and the existing Ecologist/Project Manager to conduct plant surveys, evaluate properties, complete land use histories, develop natural resource management plans, monitor restorations, hire and oversee contractors, and manage restoration projects.

Deadline to apply: February 17.

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Friends of the Mississippi River

Pollinator Biologist/Wildlife Ecologist

Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) is a leading nonprofit that protects, restores and enhances the Mississippi River and its watershed primarily in the Twin Cities region. The organization has become a national model for conservation and watershed protection. Our goals are to: improve water quality; conserve important lands; engage people in learning about and taking action to protect and enhance the river; inspire widespread commitment to this natural wonder flowing through our community; and protect our river’s unique scenic, natural, cultural and recreational qualities.

Position: The Pollinator Biologist/Wildlife Ecologist will be a member of FMR’s four-person Land Conservation Department and will provide wildlife survey, research, land management and restoration services to landowner partners in the organization’s conservation focus areas. The position will report to the Conservation Director and work closely with the two Ecologists to conduct pollinator, bird and other wildlife surveys, evaluate properties, complete land use histories, develop natural resource management plans, monitor wildlife use of restorations, manage restoration projects and design and participate in wildlife research projects.

Deadline to apply: February 17.

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Great River Greening

Ecologist/Conservation Specialist (Southern MN Focus)

Great River Greening is a leading environmental restoration nonprofit with a mission to inspire, engage, and lead local communities in conserving and caring for the land and water that enrich our lives. Our services extend throughout Minnesota in partnership with local communities, governmental agencies, conservation and agricultural organizations, individuals, and businesses. Great River Greening has grown significantly in its geographic scope in the last few years, but the staff remains small and works collaboratively as a friendly and committed team.

Position: The Ecologist/Conservation Specialist joins a diverse team of conservation staff, each of whom executes and manages individual projects, as well as collaborates on larger projects and events. The primary geographic focus of this position is Great River Greening’s Southern MN Program area. Guided by our mission, projects may include continuous living cover crops, regenerative agriculture, natural area restoration, management plans, native plantings, working lands, pollinator monitoring, community events and field days, and farmer consultations. The Ecologist/Conservation Specialist will conduct independent field and site reviews, farmer meetings, volunteer events, and field days and must have access to a car.

Deadline to apply: Applications reveiwed as received.

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Great River Greening

Ecologist (Central MN Focus)

Great River Greening is a leading environmental restoration nonprofit with a mission to inspire, engage, and lead local communities in conserving and caring for the land and water that enrich our lives. Our services extend throughout Minnesota in partnership with local communities, governmental agencies, conservation and agricultural organizations, individuals, and businesses. Great River Greening has grown significantly in its geographic scope in the last few years, but the staff remains small and works collaboratively as a friendly and committed team.

Position: The Ecologist joins a diverse team of conservation staff, each of whom executes and manages individual projects, as well as collaborates on larger projects and events. The primary geographic focus of this position is Great River Greening’s Central MN Program area. Guided by our mission, projects may include natural area restoration, management plans, native plantings, working lands, pollinator monitoring, shoreline restoration and climate adaptation, carbon storage/sequestration. The Ecologist will conduct independent field and site reviews and must have access to a car. Position often requires travel up to 2 hours one-way, occasional overnights and Saturdays.

Deadline to apply: Applications reveiwed as received.

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Freshwater Society

Development Manager

Freshwater Society is a nonprofit organization that seeks to inspire and empower people to value and preserve our freshwater resources. Freshwater works to tackle many complex water issues in Minnesota and downstream that threaten water quality, public health, and quality of life. As everything that happens on land impacts water, we engage in this work through a variety of programs that align to build community, professional, political, and science leadership and capacity.

Position: Freshwater’s Development Manager supports the cultivation of resources and relationships our programs require. They report to the Executive Director and collaborate across the organization. They embody our vision and values, providing critical support to organizational leadership to position the organization for the future. This individual will be responsible for maintaining strong relationships with existing donors while also growing revenue, supporting strong corporate and foundation relations, and expanding our membership statewide.

Deadline to apply: February 7.

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Freshwater Society

Communication and Marketing Coordinator

Freshwater Society is a nonprofit organization that seeks to inspire and empower people to value and preserve our freshwater resources. Freshwater works to tackle many complex water issues in Minnesota and downstream that threaten water quality, public health, and quality of life. As everything that happens on land impacts water, we engage in this work through a variety of programs that align to build community, professional, political, and science leadership and capacity.

Position: We are seeking a candidate for our team who will coordinate the communication and marketing of Freshwater’s programs, products, and services. Freshwater’s programs, services, and products are key to inspiring and empowering people to value and preserve water. Keeping our current and future supporters aware of and engaged in our work requires clear and timely engagement, creativity, consistent feedback, and a commitment to honor the time and perspectives of those engaged.

Deadline to apply: February 7.

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Minnesota State Horticultural Society

Receptionist + Membership Assistant

The Minnesota State Horticultural Society is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in our programs and our team. Together, we are building an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and grows through the diverse voices of our members, and community partners. We welcome applications from all who share these values and wish to contribute to our mission.

Position: We are ready to welcome a new team member who understands that effective service and genuine connection with our constituents is the key to achieving our mission. They will enjoy working with members and the public, whether by phone, in-person, or through written or online correspondence. They will have keen attention to detail, ability to maintain and optimize detailed database reporting, and support the growth of the development and membership team goals as the organization and its constituency grows.

Deadline to apply: February 15; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Monarch Joint Venture

Program Director

The Monarch Joint Venture is a nonprofit organization building a national partnership of federal and state agencies, other nonprofits, community groups, businesses, and academic programs working together to conserve monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Position: The Program Director (habitat and science programming emphasis) will oversee the MJV science and habitat program staff and support overall strategy for the organization as a part of the leadership team. They will bring strong personnel and team management experience, as well as a relevant conservation background. The Program Director is part of the leadership team supporting organizational operations such as financial management and administrative policies and procedures for a growing national nonprofit. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Deadline to apply: January 31; open until filled.

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Rice Creek Watershed District

Watershed Technician/Inspector

The purpose of the Rice Creek Watershed District is to conserve and restore water resources of the District for the beneficial use of current and future generations.

Position: This position performs inspection services related to the District’s regulatory program, manages all aspects of the District’s work for municipal local surface water management plans, and coordinates all aspects of the District’s SWPPP and MS4 permits. With the diversity of responsibilities, you will be able to collaborate with a wide range of project partners including landowners, cities, contractors, and water resource specialists. The ideal candidate will be experienced in: compliance inspection, soil and water best management practices, SWPPP and MS4 permit, and surface water management plans.

Deadline to apply: February 24.

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Rice Creek Watershed District

Program Support Technician

The purpose of the Rice Creek Watershed District is to conserve and restore water resources of the District for the beneficial use of current and future generations.

Position: This position provides support to District programs, projects, and operations. It provides IT support to the District system and District staff, and addresses historic permits of the regulatory program. With the diversity of responsibilities, you will be able to collaborate with a wide range of project partners including landowners, cities, contractors, and water resource specialists.

Deadline to apply: February 24.

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Metropolitan Council

Senior or Principal Environmental Compliance Specialist

We are the Metropolitan Council, the regional government for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. We plan 30 years ahead for the future of the metropolitan area and provide regional transportation, wastewater, and housing services.

Position: The Senior or Principal Environmental Compliance Specialist provides intermediate to high-level scientific support, technical guidance, expertise, or coordination to a variety of Council Environmental programs. Responsible for compliance activities regarding solid waste, residual solids, hazardous waste, recycling, pollution prevention, storage tanks, landfills, SARA Tier II reporting, SPCC and State Spill Bill planning, groundwater monitoring, contaminated soils, and chemical storage.

Deadline to apply: Open until filled with the first review of applications beginning on February 1, 2023.

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Minnesota Native Landscapes

Greenhouse Order Fulfillment Lead

MNL was founded in 1998 as an Ecological Restoration company that specializes in the preservation and restoration of native plant communities throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. Their dedicated staff has experience designing, installing, and maintaining native ecosystems for: government entities, corporate campuses, energy providers and distributers, and the general public. In addition to their extensive service offerings, they also produce a wide variety of native plants and seed.

Position: The Greenhouse Order Fulfillment Lead is responsible for ensuring all orders for MNL’s greenhouse products are assembled and delivered within specified deadlines, while meeting MNL’s high standard for quality products and services. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position located in Foley, MN.

Deadline to apply: Open until filled.

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Augsburg University

Groundskeeper

Augsburg University has maintained a strong academic reputation defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies since 1869. A safe and welcoming campus in the heart of Minneapolis, Augsburg offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to nearly 3,200 diverse students.

Position: The Groundskeeper is responsible for grounds maintenance of the 24-acre College campus. General responsibilities include sustainable landscaping and grounds maintenance of the campus, including regular weed picking, lawn maintenance, trash room cleaning, outdoor trash removal, planting bed maintenance, shrub and tree maintenance, snow removal, and general supervision of student groundskeeping work crews.

Deadline to apply: Open until filled.

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City of Woodbury

Environmental Intern

The City of Woodbury is looking for their next Environmental Intern. Responsibilities will include:

– Complete inspections and on-site testing of stormwater best management practices such as infiltration basins and stormwater ponds
– Assist the Environmental Division with the City’s Environmental Strategic Initiative – Environmental Stewardship. This may include data gathering and analysis, review of City Code, and community engagement and communication.
– Assist in updating records within the asset management system related to stormwater and native vegetation
– Investigate and prepare responses to citizen requests and inquiries regarding engineering and environmental topics
– Assist in the general administrative duties of the Environmental Division/Engineering Department including project development, monitoring, and budget preparation
– Create maps, databases, and mailing lists
– Assist with residential drainage complaints and violations
– Assist with projects related to water resources and sustainability within the City
– Conduct research and preparation of new educational initiatives related to engineering, sustainability, recycling and other related programming

Deadline to apply: March 31.

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