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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5174 - Senior Wetlands Specialist

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Exempt
GRADE:    313

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.

This class is distinguished by a moderate degree of complexity of assignments and semi-independence in decision making. 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. 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.

•    Acts as a lead worker to subordinate personnel engaged in Stormwater work including but not limited to wetland and riparian assessments and mitigation
•    Performs countywide field investigations with relation to wetland, riparian and sediment erosion control to ensure compliance with the Stormwater Ordinance
•    Performs riparian and wetland assessments and classifications of moderate to high complexity on public and private lands
•    Identifies and catalogs associated permit information
•    Coordinates countywide wetland mitigation compliance in association with consultants and staff
•    Coordinates with other departments, municipalities, State and Federal agencies to determine the best way to maintain natural resources
•    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 Banking Program
•    Administers and enforces countywide wetland and riparian permitting
•    Assists with administration of the countywide Wetland Program including permitting, enforcement, monitoring, wetland mapping, and the installation and management of native plant communities.
•    Trains, assigns and/or provides technical information to lower classified employees as necessary
•    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
•    Local natural resources
•    Advanced skills in vegetation identification and management such as arborist or threatened and endangered species management
•    Knowledge of natural system construction design and management
•    The 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
•    Leadership principles

Skill in:
•    Identifying, cataloging and preserving local flora and fauna
•    Preparing technical reports and operating procedures in connection with the Flood Plain Ordinance  
•    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:
•    Lead staff
•    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
•    Prioritize Work
•    Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals

Acts as a lead worker in directing activities of subordinate staff to complete assigned jobs.
Provides occasional input on promotions, hiring, discipline and direction of employees.

Completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering,
Environmental Planning, Biology, Natural Resources or related field and three (3) years of experience
in Natural Areas Management plus knowledge of Wetland permit and Mitigation applications; 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.