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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5172 - Wetlands Specialist

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Exempt
GRADE:    311

Under general supervision; performs work of considerable difficulty assisting with the planning, development, implementation and administration of natural resource action plans involving the wetland permitting, wetland banking and best management practices (BMPs) programs; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class is responsible for assisting with the administration of DuPage County environmental programs, and conducting research related to the review of Stormwater permit submittals for compliance with the DuPage County Stormwater and Flood Plain Ordinance.  Work is distinguished by the incumbent’s authority to enforce against unauthorized wetland and riparian impacts. General supervision is received from the Wetland Supervisor.

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.

•    Performs countywide field investigations with relation to wetland, riparian, permanent water quality BMPs, and sediment erosion control to ensure compliance with the Stormwater Ordinance
•    Performs riparian, wetland, and buffer assessments and classifications on public and private lands
•    Identifies and catalogs associated permit information
•    Assists with the development of policy and ordinance related documents
•    Coordinates with other departments, municipalities, State and Federal agencies to determine the best way to maintain natural resources
•    Conducts research
•    Prepares environmental assessments and related reports
•    Attends public meetings and makes presentations to various groups
•    Assists with administration of the countywide Wetland Program including permitting, enforcement, monitoring, wetland mapping, and the installation and management of native plant communities.
•    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:
•    Ecosystems and their preservation
•    Natural resources
•    Principles and practices of natural resource management
•    Current office practices, procedures and equipment
•    County policies and procedures
•    Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
•    Identifying, cataloging and preserving local flora and fauna
•    Managing the special management areas in DuPage County and recommending means of assuring their preservation and care
•    Establishing and maintaining accurate records
•    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 a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering,
Environmental Planning, Biology, Natural Resources or related field; 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.

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, crouch or stoop.  

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.

The work will occur in an office and field environment.  The work environment for this position frequently includes working in outside weather conditions.

Must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois driver’s license.