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Date:  Sep 16, 2022

Nashville, IL, US, 62263-5902

Job Requisition ID:  18928

Agency :  Department of Natural Resources 
Closing Date/Time: 09/29/2022
Salary:   $5,348.00 - $7,745.00 per month  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Washington  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
Plan/BU:   RC056  


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Posting Identification Number 12-32-18928

Position Statement

Under direction, manages the operation and maintenance of the Washington County Conservation Area.  Supervises a subordinate staff engaged in site operations and maintenance activities; prepares and submits site operating budget and annual plans of work; maintains petty cash fund. Prepares and maintains site inventory records, plans/coordinates site audit activities and programs compatible with natural resources. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the media and interested groups of individuals; serves as department representative at various meetings.  Develops/implements public information materials and programs.

Job Responsibilities

1.  Serves as full-line supervisor:

  • Assigns and reviews work
  • Provides guidance and training to assigned staff
  • Counsels staff regarding work performance
  • Reassigns staff to meet day-to-day operating needs
  • Establishes annual goals and objectives
  • Approves time off
  • Adjusts first level grievances
  • Effectively recommends and imposes discipline up to and including discharge
  • Prepares and signs performance evaluations
  • Determines and recommends staffing needs


2.    Directs and participates in the preparation/maintenance of site operations and financial records/reports:

  • Prepares, submits, and monitors operating and capital improvement budgets and annual plans of work.
  • Performs budgetary controls to ensure fiscal integrity and reallocates funds and personnel.
  • Monitors the maintenance of order arrivals.
  • Tracks and monitors inventory records/receipts for the Conservation Area.

3.    Plan and participates in the maintenance of site grounds, facilities, and equipment:

  • Inspects facilities for preventative maintenance planning.
  • Monitors and implements site security/safety programs, reviews to ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Assists with turf maintenance in the areas of mowing, weed eating, etc.
  • Travels and operates vehicles on site and to meetings.


4.    Plans, coordinates, and implements site audit activities and programs compatible with the natural resource base:

  • Reviews, analyzes, and incorporates proposals from resource specialist and others concerning short and long-term plans for site management.
  • Monitors and conducts research related to site rehabilitation and development.


Job Responsibilities (contd.)

5.    Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the media and interested groups or individuals:

  • Develops/implements public information materials and programs.
  • Promotes Department programs, activities and philosophies.
  • Serves as department representative at various meetings.
  • Recruits and/or oversees the activities of volunteers and others engaged in site activities.
  • Establishes and maintains a working relationship with communities near the site, coordinates and develops plans for them in relationship to the site


6.    Explains agency policies, rules, and regulations to site visitors and assures compliance with the same:

  • Responds to oral and written inquiries concerning department programs and policies.
  • Appears at public hearings,


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

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to a bachelor's degree in park and recreation administration, natural resource area administration, or in museum administration, history, American studies, or archeology.
  2. Requires two years of supervisory experience affording training in various facets of managing an outdoor recreational park or natural public area, or a cultural/historic site or museum.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. One (1) year of elementary knowledge of the principles and practices of site administration, conservation, structural grounds maintenance, public relations and personnel administration. 
  2. One (1) year of experience in the ability to assign and supervise the work of assistants and staff members.
  3. One (1) year of experience in the ability to apply appropriate levels of knowledge in problem solving situations encountered in the performance of duties and responsibilities.
  4. One (1) year of experience in the ability to evaluate program effectiveness and to make recommendations on policies and procedures.
  5. One (1) year of experience in the ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 

Employment Conditions

  1. Must be able to pass background check.
  2. Must possess a valid drivers license.
  3. Ability to travel within and outside of the work location.
  4. Ability to operate and maintain tools, equipment and materials in the maintenance, repair, and care of site resources, artifacts, buildings and grounds.
  5. Require ability to lift and transport loads which may exceed sixty (60) pounds.
  6. Requires ability to walk over rough and broken terrain.
  7. Requires ability to work under adverse environmental conditions on a year-round basis. 

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:  Mon. - Fri. 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, 1 hr. lunch; Sat-Sun off  
Work Location: Washington County Recreational Area, 18500 Conservation Dr Nashville, IL 62263-5902  
Agency Contact:

Vicky Fowler

Human Resources


Phone #:  217-785-5387

Job Family:  Administration/Management; Sciences and Natural Resources  


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



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