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Date:  Nov 22, 2022

Makanda, IL, US, 62958-3207

Job Requisition ID:  21003

Agency :  Department of Natural Resources 
Closing Date/Time: 12/08/2022
Salary:   $3,856.00- $5,404.00 per month  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Jackson  
Number of Vacancies:   2  
Plan/BU:   RC028  


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


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Posting Identification Number  12-32-21003

Position Overview

Under direct supervision, perform semi-skilled maintenance activities associated with the operation and maintenance programs at Giant City State Park; perform routine automated and manual tasks; performs routine cleaning of site and facilities. Maintains landscape and applies pesticides & herbicides, mows park ground.

Job Responsibilities

1.    Under general direction, performs semi-skilled maintenance activities associated with the operation and maintenance programs at Giant City State Park:

  • Operates and maintains heavy equipment such as trucks and trailers over 26,000 lbs, requiring Class A CDL license
  • Operates skid steer style loader with attachments, including forestry cutter unit, snow blade and excavator buckets, compact excavator, tractors with rotary mowers & field equipment, water tower pump, sewage lagoon aerators and generators
  • Maintains grounds, roadways, trails, sidewalks and wildlife habitat of the park, stables, and lodge areas
  • Removes snow and ice


2.    Assists with the upkeep of the outdoor facilities in the park:

  • Repairs, paints, maintains, and builds picnic tables, signs, booths, pedestrian bridges throughout the campsites, shelters, and trails
  • Performs routine automated and manual tasks
  • Builds concrete forms for fire pads, sidewalk repair and patches roads
  • Pours concrete to support stoves and grills at the picnic sites


3.    Responsible for the landscaping maintenance throughout the park:

  • Mows, plants, and maintains trees, shrubs, flowers, and grass
  • Maintains landscape and applies pesticides & herbicides
  • Rakes leaves, cuts brush and trees using hand mowers, bushhogs and chain saws


4.    Performs routine cleaning of site buildings:

  • Conducts routine checks while cleaning
  • Dusts and cleans furniture
  • Washes windows
  • Sweeps and mops floors in restrooms, shower buildings, hunter check stations and other buildings located on the property


(Job Responsibilities continued)

5.    Provides support to the outdoor recreation programs:

  • Issues camping permits
  • Provides visitor assistance
  • Answers questions from the public
  • Communicates rules and regulations to employees and visitors
  • Assists in security and safety inspections
  • Aids in the rescue of injured or lost visitors


6.    Assists, engages, and leads routine site operations and work activities of conservation workers, volunteers, Department of Correction workers.

7.    Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires education and experience equivalent to high school graduation.
  2. Requires (2) two years maintenance or farming experience preferably associated with the building trades and/or the operation of heavy equipment and machinery.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. One (1) year of working knowledge of tools and equipment used in the trades and/or the operation of heavy equipment or farm machinery and implements and/or warehousing.
  2. One (1) year of experience following written and oral instructions.
  3. One (1) year of experience informing visitors of site facilities, programs, rules, and regulations.

Employment Conditions

All applicants must be able to meet the following Conditions of Employment, with or without reasonable accommodation, to be considered for this position.

  1. Ability to pass background check.
  2. A valid and current Class A Commercial Driver's license. (Please include a copy of your CDL with your application materials.)
  3. Ability to obtain pesticide operator's license within 6 months of employment.
  4. Requires ability to withstand exposure to the elements on a year-round basis.
  5. Requires physical ability to operate and maintain tools, equipment, and materials utilized in the maintenance, repair, and care of site resources, buildings, and grounds.
  6. Requires ability to lift, carry, and transport loads exceeding sixty pounds.
  7. Requires ability to walk over rough and broken terrain.

Agency Statement

Charged with preserving, protecting, and promoting Illinois’ natural resources, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) employees oversee water, wildlife, wetlands and oil wells, parks, historic sites – and everything in between. Employment opportunities vary greatly, often providing employees the chance to work indoors and out in a dynamic yet relaxed environment. Working for the State of Illinois, IDNR employees receive excellent benefits, including health, vision and dental insurance; a retirement plan and deferred compensation options; state holidays and other time off; as well as pre-tax benefit programs.


The Office of Land Management (OLM) oversees nearly 400 individual parcels of land and institutes a wide variety of programs and activities advocating outdoor recreation through sustainable use, conservation, and preservation.  The Historic Sites Division of the Office of Land Management oversees 57 Historic Sites, Monuments, and Memorials.  OLM facilitates activities from small group interpretive programming at Historical Sites, to hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, and camping.

Work Hours:   Position #1:  Tuesday-Saturday, 8 AM-4PM, 1/2 hr. lunch (Sun/Mon off)

                          Position #2:  Sunday-Thursday, 8AM-4PM, 1/2 hr. lunch (Fri/Sat off)
Work Location: Giant City State Park, 235 Giant City Rd Makanda, IL 62958-3207  
Agency Contact:

Vicky Fowler


Phone #:  217-785-5387

Job Family:  Sciences and Natural Resources  


This position DOES NOT contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).



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