Chief of Planning and Land Management | Forest Preserve District of Kane County

Posted on Mar 1, 2022

An employee in this classification performs work of considerable difficulty planning, organizing, directing and managing all functions and activities of the Planning and Land Management department, including, but not limited to, budgeting, project management, land acquisition, facility and preserve maintenance, preserve development, fleet management, wetland mitigation, trades and construction, natural resource planning and management, and compliance with all federal, state and local laws. Work requires the ability to manage multiple projects involving collaborative relationships between other District and County departments, elected officials, contractors, engineers, regulatory agencies, and various other public and private groups.  Administrative direction is provided by the Executive Director and supervision is provided to assigned staff.


ESSENTIAL POSITION DUTIES and FUNCTIONS to be performed with or without reasonable accommodation

  • Provides leadership and direction to the planning, operations and natural resource management departments including, but not limited to, developing and implementing department policies and procedures designed to improve preserve users’ experience, establishing and communicating a department vision, analyzing and reviewing operating costs in order to increase efficiency and utilization of resources, planning and overseeing the preparation of the department’s budget and expenditures, and establishing a cohesive, efficient and cost-effective approach to managing projects.
  • Evaluates present and potential holdings for conservation and recreational values and presents findings to Executive Director, staff land acquisition team, and District committee.
  • Meets with landowners and negotiates purchase details.
  • Develops plans and bid specifications for capital improvement projects and follows through by administering construction contracts and overseeing project completion.
  • Manages drainage and wetland mitigation strategies for the preserves and coordinates with applicable external agencies as needed.
  • Coordinates the completion of the District’s ADA planning and ensures ongoing ADA compliance.
  • Hires, directs, manages, evaluates, promotes, disciplines or effectively recommends such action for assigned personnel with the consent of the Executive Director, following procedures established by the District.
  • Researches and recommends new grant sources and opportunities including, but not limited to, writing and administering grants, attending grant hearings, and ensuring completion of grant compliance and reporting.
  • Represents the Executive Director and District at public forums regarding the District’s Master Plan and community needs and updates the Master Plan on a regular basis.
  • Prepares and maintains various reports and planning documents such as feasibility studies, master plans, inventories, monthly status reports, etc.
  • Formulates policies, regulations, goals and objectives, and program priorities of the department for recommendations.
  • Advises the Executive Director of upcoming needs for supplies, equipment, staffing, and cost estimates for current and future projects.
  • Researches, writes and/or reviews staff generated specifications for bids and request for quotes.
  • Prepares and leads planning, operations and natural resource management presentations to general public, staff, and volunteers and presents and encourages ways of improving department functions.
  • Prepares, recommends and administers the department’s budget in order to provide the highest level of service within established budget parameters and in alignment with District goals and objectives.
  • May work irregular hours, including weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Possesses and maintains a valid and current Illinois Driver’s License free from suspension or revocation during term of employment; must maintain insurability with the District’s fleet insurance carrier.
  • Attends professional conferences, workshops and seminars as appropriate within budget parameters and with Department Head approval.
  • Obtains and maintains all required licenses and certifications and keeps up-to-date on professional trends and developments related to position accountabilities.
  • Performs the job safely and in compliance with District policies, procedures, work and safety rules, the Employee Handbook, and applicable laws and regulations.


  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, park and recreation, natural resource management, public administration or closely related field; and eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in planning, preserve management or natural resource management which included five (5) years of senior-level management experience, preferably with a conservation district or park and recreation district, or an equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.
  • Completion of one or all of the following certifications, or closely related certification: ArcMap GIS, CPRP, flood plain and erosion control.
  • The preferred candidate will have completed a Master’s degree in a related field and have previous experience in natural resource management, wildlife management, game species management and/or habitat management programs.


Salary based on qualifications. 


1996 South Kirk Road, Suite 320
Geneva, IL 60134
United States

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