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Request for Qualifications for Government Relations Consultant

Organizational Background:

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is a local unit of government responsible for managing and protecting water resources within the 178 square miles that drain into Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, Minnehaha Creek and ultimately the Mississippi River. Over the past 50 years, the MCWD has collected and maintained extensive water and natural resource data which have supported implementation of over 70 capital projects resulting in the conservation and restoration of over 700 acres of land. MCWD employs a dedicated professional staff of 25 who specialize in natural resource planning, project development, land conservation, land use policy, water quality monitoring, permitting, education, and communication.

Project Overview:

MCWD seeks a Government Relations Consultant to provide an ongoing process of advancing the interests of the MCWD by assisting in the development and promotion of the District’s legislative agenda and by:

  • Identifying the legislative consequences of choices;
  • Discuss alternatives;
  • Educate the Board and District staff about the issues involved; and
  • Inform the District Administrator of potential legislation that might affect District governance, programs, or operations.

In this function the District Government Relations Consultant shall possess an understanding of current MCWD programs and priorities; establish and maintain a professional relationship with key legislators and other elected or appointed officials and agency representatives; and seek to advance MCWD priorities in formal and informal settings.

The District Government Relations Consultant shall possess considerable experience in; 1) legislative process, 2) watershed/natural resource governance, and 3) agency and local government, as related to water and natural resource management.  In addition, the District Government Relations Consultant will have a working knowledge of the statutes and rules under which watersheds operate.


Statements of Qualifications shall be submitted electronically to by 4:00 p.m. on December 4, 2019.  Please see the full Request for Qualifications for the complete scope of services and submittal requirements.