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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5167 - Water Quality Specialist

Job Description

GRADE: 312

Under general supervision; performs work of considerable difficulty in environmental inspection work; assures compliance with federal, state, county and local ordinances and/or regulations, as well as contractual agreements; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class spends a substantial amount of time performing field inspections and/or coordinating and implementing environmental programs.  Work includes interpreting, monitoring, and enforcing rules related to environmental programs and requirements for contractual agreements relating to environmental programs.  Work is performed independently under the general supervision of the assigned department 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.

• Reviews and oversees activities as specified by contracts and permits to insure conformance to regulations and contractual agreements
• Identifies deviations from regulations and contracts
• Identifies corrections needed to bring into compliance with regulations and contracts
• Enforces all related laws and regulations
• Obtains environmental samples of surface water to be analyzed by an appropriate laboratory
• Coordinates environmental programs
• Prepares reports as required by appropriate regulatory agencies
• Provides input into development and implementation of action plans relating to environmental programs
• Assists in reviewing and recommending amendments to emerging federal, state, and local legislative proposals impacting assigned programs
• Handles complaints
• Prepares applications for grants
• Handles accounting functions to ensure compliance with various payment schedules
• Provides technical assistance to private industry, government officials and residents as assigned
• Develops and presents educational programs for public groups
• Acts as liaison between state and county officials regarding inspection, regulation and funding programs
• 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:
• Surface water quality standards and regulations
• Operating a personal computer, applicable software, and peripheral equipment
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Soliciting voluntary cooperation with laws and regulations
• Use of good judgment in evaluating situations and drawing conclusions
• Coordinating inspection programs
• Reading and interpreting plats of survey, legal descriptions, and topographical drawings
• Gathering support for programs and influencing others
• Accounting procedures
• 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
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze and evaluate programs and services, operational needs and fiscal constraints
• 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 laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes


Completion of a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering Natural Resources, Chemistry, or a closely related field plus three years of experience in water quality related work; 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 50 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.

This position requires a valid Illinois Driver’s License.