skip to main content
The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5163 - Environmental Projects Specialist

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Non Exempt
GRADE: 110

POSITION SUMMARY
Under general supervision; performs work of considerable difficulty through the planning, developing and implementing of waste reduction and recycling programs and policies; performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class provides technical assistance to individuals, businesses and government agencies to implement waste reduction and recycling programs. Incumbent works independently under the general supervision of the Environmental Specialist II.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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.

• Develops public informational and promotional materials regarding waste reduction and business recycling
• Conducts environmental studies and makes program recommendations
• Evaluates program effectiveness and assists in preparation of annual budget
• Prepares and presents reports and program updates as necessary
• Collects and analyzes data on waste reduction practices performed by DuPage County departments, municipalities and commercial businesses
• Researches new green initiatives as needed, compiles information for the public including Recycling Guide and Solid Waste Annual Report in addition to maintaining information on the website
• Responds to inquiries about a multitude of environmental topics and promotes County environmental program
• Assist in the duties performed by the Office of Green Initiatives
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• 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.

QUALIFICATIONS
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:
• Waste reduction and business recycling programs
• Green initiatives including green building components, regulations and ordinances relating to all types of pollution practices
• Markets and market impacts related to waste reduction and waste management programs
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Gathering support for programs and influencing others.
• Using a computer and related software applications
• Research, collect, analyze, and interpret information
• Analyze and interpret applicable laws, rules, regulations, standards, and guidelines
• 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:
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships
• Create, compose, and edit written materials
• Organize and interpret technical data and information
• 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
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Prioritize and assigning work
• 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

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Completion of Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Geology, Earth Science, Environmental Health, Public Relations or Public Administration 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
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.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
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.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
None