Thank you to our Summer 2020 Seasonal Staff

A big “thank you” to Ben and Mike, CRWD’s summer 2020 seasonal staff! Everyone at CRWD wishes them all the best for their adventures ahead.

Ben Rolland, Permit Inspector

Ben with a safety vest, safety glasses and a hardhat.
Ben is ready to visit construction sites with CRWD safety gear.

In our Regulatory division Ben worked as a Permit Inspector this summer, inspecting active construction sites and permanent stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to ensure compliance with District regulations.

A few of Ben’s CRWD summer highlights include working with contractors to manage their sites in a way that protects our water resources while learning more about stormwater infrastructure and traveling to job sites around parts of the District he hadn’t visited before. The most memorable part of his time at CRWD was uncovering an artesian well discharge in a downtown Saint Paul parking lot!

Ben recently graduated from Macalester College and holds an Environmental Studies degree with an emphasis in geology. He is continuing his watershed work as a member of the Minnesota GreenCorps program serving at a fellow metro watershed district for the 2020-2021 service year. Ben reports learning a lot in his time with CRWD, especially recognizing that the relationship between the regulator and the permit holder can greatly influence how well the rules are applied. Thanks, Ben!

Mike Stoffel, Water Resource Technician

Mike with a safety harness, helmet and a mask at the entrance to an underground monitoring station
Mike is ready to check on the underground monitoring stations.

Mike worked with our Monitoring and Research division this summer as a Water Resource Technician. He assisted with stormwater quality monitoring and the installation, operation and maintenance of monitoring equipment.

Some of Mike’s CRWD highlights include weekly canoe visits to the Como Lake monitoring stations and being lowered into the Phalen storm sewer station as part of the confined space entry work. His most surprising moment came with the first sample of urban wetland macroinvertebrates – there’s a lot of life in the water and he was grateful to be wearing waders!

Mike is studying Environmental Science, Policy, and Management with a minor in Horticulture at the University of Minnesota. He says he enjoyed his time with CRWD and “was lucky to have genuinely friendly, skilled, and passionate coworkers.” Thanks, Mike!

Temporary Positions at CRWD

Each year in February or March CRWD accepts applications for temporary positions. The temporary positions assist divisions during the busy summer season and provide experience for students and recent graduates. You can sign up for our newsletter for notifications or check our Careers page for employment opportunities.