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LOCK AND DAM TENDER - 2429000

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process and during performance of all job duties.  Please email the Central Management Services Disability Resource Center at CMS.DisabilityResCen@illinois.gov or call (217) 524 - 7514 for further information and to request an accommodation.

Sponsorship for Employment

The State of Illinois does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status).  To be considered for permanent employment with the State of Illinois, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Disclosure of Salary Information

In compliance with the Illinois Equal Pay Act, 820 ILCS 112/1 et seq., the State does not seek, request, or require a job applicant’s wage or salary history.  Employment decisions are not made based on an applicant’s wage or salary history.  To that end, please do not include wage or salary information in your resume or other profile or application materials.

Date:  May 11, 2022
Location: 

McHenry, IL, US, 60050-8054

Job Requisition ID:  15463

Agency:  Department of Natural Resources  
Closing Date/Time:  05/25/2022 
Salary:  $3,443 to $4,742 per month 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  McHenry 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  RC028 

 

Collective Bargaining Agreement language applies to this requisition:
We are currently transitioning away from a paper application process to an electronic application process. This position has not been transitioned. Please follow the directions below when applying to this position.

 

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE

**DO NOT CLICK THE APPLY BUTTON**

CMS100/B Employment Application and all applicable documentation should be submitted to the Agency contact listed below.

 

Posting Identification #12-63-15463

Position Overview

Under general supervision of the Lock and Dam Supervisor, operates locks to enable crafts to move up or down river past the dam; opens and closes flood gates to ensure proper water levels above and below the dam.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Operates and maintains navigational lock to allow boats passage past the Stratton Dam; directs boat traffic throughout the locking procedure to ensure maximum safety of the watercraft and occupants and the most efficient use of lock capacity; performs routine lubrication and maintenance and repairs on lock operating machinery.
  2. Operates and maintains air compressors, paint sprayers, pumps, pressure washers, trucks, tractors, mowers, trimmers, chain saws, hand tools and power tools to maintain the buildings, grounds and equipment associated with the lock and dam.
  3. Places, removes, maintains and repairs buoys and other aids to navigation on the river and lakes; operates various watercrafts to tend the buoys and other aids to navigation.
  4. Operates and maintains river control gates and related equipment as instructed by supervisory and engineering personnel to ensure appropriate water levels above and below the Fox River and Rock River Dams.
  5. Provides knowledge and expertise in solving mechanical, electrical and computer problems for the systems required for automatic control of the lock and gates at Stratton Lock and Dam and gates at Algonquin Dam. 
  6. Utilizes facility computer system in the collection of data from hydrological and meteorological instruments used to manage the river and lakes resource and supplies this data to other offices and agencies.
  7. Develops working relations with OWR employees, and other Departmental and non-Departmental contacts; complies with all Departmental safety rules, practices and policies and helps to ensure safety compliance by other co-workers.
  8. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of high school, supplemented by one year of mechanical or boating experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Requires working knowledge of hand and power tool operation and safety. 
  2. Requires working knowledge of small craft operation and safety.
  3. Requires ability to swim proficiently.
  4. Requires ability to deal with the general public in a calm, sure manner.
  5. Requires ability to make decisions concerning lock operations in the absence of the Lock and Dam Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor.

Employment Conditions

  1. Requires possession of a valid drivers license.
  2. Possession of, or ability to obtain, pesticide applicators license (General Standards plus Right of Way certification) within 6 months of employment. 

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 Water Resources (OWR) is the lead state agency for water resources planning, navigation, floodplain management, the National Flood Insurance Program, water supply, drought, and interstate organizations on water resources.  Interagency duties include the state water plan, drought response, flood emergency reports, and the comprehensive review of Illinois water use law.  OWR is responsible for construction in the shore waters of Lake Michigan, construction and operation of dams, construction in public bodies of water, and diversion of water from Lake Michigan, and withdrawal of water from three Federal lakes (Shelbyville, Carlyle, and Rend Lakes).  The primary capital activity of the office is in urban flood damage reduction. The office assists units of local government with urban flood damage reduction projects through planning, design, construction, and financial assistance. The urban program also features the acquisition of flood prone homes and businesses.

Work Hours:  Nov. 1 - April 30: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, 1 hr. lunch (Sat-Sun off); May 1-Oct. 31: 8 hr. shifts/5 days week, could include weekends, rotating days off - shift could be anytime between the operational hours of 8am - 12 midnight/7 days week.  
Work Location: Stratton Lock and Dam, 2910 State Park Rd McHenry, IL 60050-8054  
Agency Contact:

John Palmieri

IDNR/Office of Water Resources

2910 State Park Rd.

McHenry, IL  60050

Email: john.palmieri@illinois.gov

Phone #:  815-385-2848

Job Function:  Transportation; Sciences and Natural Resources  

 

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE.  Please submit appropriate application (see below) to the Agency Contact listed above.  

CANDIDATES MUST SUBMIT A SEPARATE BID FORM (as applicable) AND CMS-100/B FOR EACH POSTED VACANCY APPLIED FOR. 

 

Current State Employees:

  • Seeking a Promotion – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100B Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • Older versions of the CMS-100B will not be graded or returned to applicants. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100B (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Transfer – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid FormTransfer Request, and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Reduction - Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

 Former State Employees:

  • Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

Non-State Employees:

  • Submit a CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) and official college transcripts (where applicable) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • Documentation is required for each Posting/Bid ID or your application(s) will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.