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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5154 - Environmental Technician

Job Description

GRADE: 210

Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty investigating drainage complaints for recommended action and project consideration and performs sub professional field and office engineering work for the review and compliance of the County's Stormwater Management and Flood Plan Ordinance; performs calibration and maintenance of the County’s water resource gage monitoring network, parameter updates on the County’s flood forecast models, flood plain elevation certification lookups, oversight of water quality projects approved as part of the County’s water quality improvement program; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class designs solutions to drainage problems and performs drainage inspections to develop plans and specifications; identifies failures in the gauging system and works corrections for those problems, collects gauge data, rectifies and catalogues the data.  Verifies requirements and standards of the Stormwater Plan and Ordinance for compliance including flood plain elevation certifications.  General supervision is received from the appropriate division manager.

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.

•    Enforces compliance through review of engineering plans and inspection of sites
•    Oversees ordinance compliance
•    Performs investigation of water quality, elevation, grading, obstruction of waterways and soil and sediment controls
•    Inspects drainage complaints and develops initial work up
•    Monitors the construction of drainage projects
•    Prepares drainage project's justification for committee and/or Board approval
•    Maintains gauging system both mechanically and electronically
•    Assists developers and property owners
•    Prepares, maintains and distributes records and reports pertinent to reviews and inspections
•    Serves as a consultant for proper compliance
•    Prepares preliminary and working drawings to scale using drafting techniques
•    Prepares and updates drawings
•    Interacts with the public, and conducts field inspections
•    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:
•    The methods, standards and materials used in construction and repair
•    Gauging systems
•    Engineering maps and recording and drafting
•    Topographic maps relating to the design and production of stormwater elevation
•    Issues concerning soil and sediment erosion, wetland analysis and water quality
•    Flood plain map and database interpretation
•    Engineering concepts
•    Global Positioning System (GPS) collection techniques
•    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 field inspections and surveys
•    Detecting drainage problems
•    Preparing plans, specifications, sketches and 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 a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent and three (3) years of experience in design and construction of one of the fields at the journeyman level or in an environmental or sub professional engineering 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.

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 and will include working in all outside weather conditions.

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