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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5155 - Senior Environmental Technician

Job Description

GRADE: 311

Under general supervision, performs work of considerable difficulty in environmental science, inspection and sub professional engineering relating to the review of plan submittals for compliance with the Countywide Stormwater Management, and federal and state regulations. Investigates complaints for recommended action and project consideration; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class provides technical support in accordance with the plan and ordinance requirements to assist in environmental monitoring and sub professional engineering projects, which enable developers, property owners to comply with all stormwater and environmental regulations. Work includes interpreting, monitoring, and enforcing rules related to environmental and stormwater programs. Work is performed under general supervision and is subject to the review of 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.

• Prepare maps from spatial data
• Identifies native plan communities
• Classifies and delineates land cover and vegetation from aerial photography
• Plans, conducts and analyzes data from a variety of biological surveys, monitoring and research activities
• Conducts basic research and field investigations relating to inventory and management of resources (e.g. Refuge habitats, wetland communities, etc.)
• Maintains detailed and precise records on habitat conditions
• Develops detailed wetland maps, classification schemes, and associated categories using prescribed standards (e.g. vegetative classification standards, national wetland inventory standards, etc.)
• Uses Global Positioning Systems to sample and map habitats and features in the field and link results data to Geographic Information Systems
• Monitors private wetland mitigation projects and assists with the implementation of the County’s wetland mitigation banking program
• Monitors wetland basins, performs wetland verifications and identifies unauthorized activities in special management areas
• Performs investigation of water quality, elevation, grading, obstruction of waterways, wetlands, and soil and sediment controls
• Enforces compliance for complete and partial waiver communities through review of engineering plans and inspection of sites
• Serves as policing agent to nonwaiver communities overseeing ordinance compliance
• Performs field work while conducting physical inspection of proper use of construction and maintenance materials, monitors groundwater levels in monitoring wells at various sites throughout the County
• Assists staff in the maintenance of rainfall gages and other stream monitoring equipment
• Inspects drainage complaints and develops initial work up
• Prepares drainage project's justification for committee and/or Board approval
• Works with utility companies to obtain "Right of Way"
• Monitors drainage construction projects
• Confers with developers, consultants and administrators on regulations
• Evaluates funding proposals from various agencies, municipalities or individuals for water quality improvement projects
• Serves as a consultant for proper compliance
• Conducts training on ordinance provisions
• Develops stream maintenance contracts
• Evaluate contract bidders and makes recommendations for Committee and County Board awards
• Assists engineers and other personnel in performing tasks related to floodplain mapping
• Assists engineering staff in updating and running computer programs developed for flood forecasting throughout the County
• Promotes public involvement and education of stream functions and maintenance
• Analyzes data and prepares, maintains and distributes records and reports
• 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:
• Mapping collection and management
• Topographic maps relating to general drainage
• Environmental issues concerning soil and sediment erosion, wetland analysis and water quality
• Engineering concepts
• Construction methods and materials
• Federal, State and County ordinances and local regulations
• Identification of plants, trees, and soils
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• GIS and related technical software

Skill in:
• Field inspections and surveys
• Wetland identification and reading site plans
• 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:
• Conduct biological surveys
• Gather, record and collect field data from biological programs
• Compile and assess field data using computer programs
• Communicate in writing
• 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


Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Civil Engineering, or related field and one year of progressively responsible experience 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 50 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Use of arm and /or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than for sedentary work.

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. While performing the duties and responsibilities the employee maybe exposed to loud noise, noxious odors, unsanitary conditions, chemicals, electricity, moving mechanical parts, varying weather conditions, and other related conditions and situations