Principal Wetland Specialist - Part-time hourly | LAKE COUNTY STORMWATER MANAGEMENT COMMISSION

Posted on Aug 7, 2023

The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) is seeking a part-time Principal Wetland Specialist to assist with complex work related to environmental concerns for all phases of site development and ensures compliance with wetland regulations in the Watershed Development Ordinance (WDO).

This position is under moderate supervision by the Chief Engineer. This person serves as a subject expert in wetland science and management (ecology, delineation, regulation, mitigation, and restoration), providing scientific and technical expertise to commission, County staff, local jurisdictions, other agencies, consultants, and the public regarding wetland ecology, management, and regulation. This involves project/permit review, field inspections, guidance/expertise in ordinance revisions, public speaking, technical assistance, and training. This position provides the public "face" and "voice" of the commission on wetland-related topics.

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Applicants must be technically sound in wetland science, regulation, and management and possess strong communication skills.

Knowledge Skills Abilities and Education Required

A B.S. or M.S. degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning, or other allied field and five (5) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis/control, or environmental planning.

Requires technical knowledge of botany, soils, and hydrology as related to wetland delineations and wetland functions and knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Experience reviewing project plans for permit/ordinance compliance highly desirable, as is working as part of project teams and knowledge of state and federal endangered species laws and regulations.

Background in the processes and methods involved with the restoration, creation, enhancement, and maintenance of wetlands, including wetland mitigation banking a plus. Experience with GIS is highly desirable.

Requires certification as a Lake County Certified Wetland Specialist and possession of a valid driver’s license, supplemented by a satisfactory driving record.

Registration as a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) from the Society of Wetland Scientists a plus. Certifications, such as those relating to soil erosion, floodplain management, and restoration ecology are desirable.

Physical Requirements

This position performs medium work that involves standing, walking, standing, stooping, lifting, digging, pushing and raising objects and also involves exerting between 20 to 50 pounds on a regular and recurring basis; adeptness and speed in the use of fingers, hands or limbs on repetitive operation of mechanical or electronic office or shop machines or tools within moderate tolerances or limits of accuracy. Must be able to walk over uneven ground surfaces.

Unavoidable Hazards

The position is exposed to bright/dim light; dusts and pollen; extreme heat and/or cold; wet or humid conditions; extreme noise levels; animals/wildlife; and disease/pathogens, including biting and stinging insects and poisonous plants.

Sensory Requirements

The position requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, depth, and texture perception abilities. Must have the ability to see (with correction) and identify plant details and distinguish colors per a Munsell soil chart.


Salary and Benefits

Part-time hourly: $33.50 - $42.50

How to apply

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.

Interested applicants for this part-time position may submit (mail or email) a cover letter, resume, and professional references through August 21, 2023.

Mail: Executive Director
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
500 W. Winchester Rd., Ste. 201
Libertyville, IL 60048


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