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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5152 - Environmental Research Technician

Job Description

GRADE: 210

Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty in researching and preparing documents necessary for procurement of land; performs related duties as required.

An employee of this class researches and reviews legal documents, maps and plats related to the acquisition and ownership of land. Incumbent works independently under general supervision of higher level staff.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Researches titles, deeds, easements, permits and encroachments
• Prepares findings for appropriate parties
• Checks assessments, values, zoning and development plans for specific sites
• Drafts property legal descriptions required for easements or agreements
• Prepares plats, maps, graphs and surveys
• Modifies and updates maps and plans
• Draws maps and exhibits as attachments to resolutions and agreements
• Prepares and files tax exemptions for County owned properties
• Prepares packages for the bidding process
• Organizes and maintains plan room and legal or technical documents for department
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Procedures used in acquisition of land
• Methods and materials of title search
• Drafting concepts and techniques
• Provisions of laws, rules, regulations and ordinances involved with the acquisition of land
• Property legal description requirements as to form and content
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Conducting title search
• Preparing legal descriptions
• Preparing, reading and interpreting drawings, blueprints, charts and maps using appropriate computer software
• Keeping records and in preparing reports
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of an Associate’s degree in Drafting and Design or a related field and one (1) year of experience mapping or conducting title search; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.