Principal Wetland Specialist | Lake County Stormwater Management Commission

Posted on Mar 13, 2023

This is a full-time, exempt position as a Principal Wetland Specialist with the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC). This position is responsible for various environmental-related  project management activities to ensure compliance with local, state and federal  regulations.  This position performs work of considerable difficulty applying project management and environmental knowledge and skills to stormwater infrastructure projects.  The position includes technical and administrative work and involves the development of plans, studies and projects; the pursuit and administration of grants; and project management services for SMC’s capital improvement program.   Under general direction from the Capital Improvement Program Manager, this Principal Wetland Specialist position is responsible for the following:

Essential Functions

  • Acts as project manager/coordinator for studies, plans and projects to reduce and prevent flooding and manage stormwater quality, including preliminary and final design phases, field inspection, construction management oversight, and post-construction maintenance and monitoring.
  • Coordinate with and manage the activities of environmental consultants, inspectors, contractors, and federal, state, and local regulatory agencies including providing expertise in wetland restoration, creation, enhancement, and maintenance of wetlands, including wetland mitigation banking.
  • Schedules and conducts meetings, summarizes technical information on a variety of environmental issues including wetlands, soil, plant and hydric conditions and construction requirements concerning land disturbance activities and project scheduling. 
  • Manage grants, consultant and construction contracts for stormwater infrastructure projects, work includes proposal development, contract award, contract development, contract management, tracking critical path items as well as overall project management.
  • Organize and manage project documentation, analyze data, manage preliminary and final design projects, review constructability of plan sets, review pay estimates and invoices, and review plans for code conformance.
  • Provides outreach and communications to the SMC Board, the public stakeholders, consultants, contractors, and other government entities.  
  • Performs related work as required.

Knowledge Skills Abilities and Education Required

  • Requires background in the process and methods involved with the restoration, creation, enhancement, and maintenance of wetlands, including wetland mitigation banking.   
  • Technical knowledge of botany, soils, and hydrology as they relate to understanding wetland functions is commonly applied.
  • Requires working knowledge of modern principles and practices of wetland water resources management and the federal, state and County laws, ordinances and regulations of the activities administered. 
  • Previous work or knowledge related to surface water resources, infrastructure, underground construction, or consulting engineering, a plus.
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills with experience in leading discussions in a public forum.
  • Ability to initiate, manage and complete projects with minimal supervision with a high level of project management skills.
  • Ability to work well with staff, personnel, supervisors, public officials, advisory committees and members of the general public.
  • Desire to continue professional development.

Education and Other Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree wetland ecology, biology, limnology, soil science, or related environmental field. 
  • Five (5) years of experience in site development involving wetlands or construction management of natural areas with a professional consulting company, major contractor, government agency, or similar employer. 
  • Lake County Certified Wetland Specialist (CWS), certification as Professional Wetland Scientist (P.W.S.) by the Society of Wetland Scientists a plus. 
  • Valid driver’s license, supplemented by a satisfactory driving record.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to traverse and observe all areas of jobsite in all types of weather; this may include walking through uneven wet terrain, climbing, reaching, bending, crawling, or stretching.  
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs at a time.
  • Handles machines, tools, equipment, requiring moderate instruction and experience such as general office equipment, shovel, auger, field manuals, electronic devices, cameras, etc.
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

Supplemental Information

The primary responsibility of this position will be supporting all aspects of the Stormwater Management Commission’s Capital Improvement Program. Employment duration is subject to availability of program funding.

Lake County offers a competitive salary and benefit package. We also offer flexible working hours, and a comprehensive wellness and training program.  Visit our Prospective Employee page to get additional information on why you should work for Lake County!   Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background screening, drug and alcohol testing and may include a pre-employment medical exam.

Lake County is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


Salary: $69,153.94 - $78,960.82

Employees who meet eligibility requirements will have access to Lake County's competitive benefits package including health, dental, vision, life insurance, pension, deferred compensation plans, transportation, and so much more!
To learn more details, visit our Benefits Page


500 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL 60048
United States

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