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Date:  Sep 16, 2022

Springfield, IL, US, 62702

Job Requisition ID:  19039

Agency :  Department of Natural Resources 
Closing Date/Time: 09/29/2022
Salary:   $6,301.00 - $9,218.00 monthly  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Sangamon  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
Plan/BU:   RC056  


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  12-46-19039

Position Overview

This position oversees all waterfowl hunting and conservation in the State in coordination with other states in Mississippi Flyway and USFWS; serves as a full line supervisor; plans/recommends new waterfowl management practices; prepares reports; conducts research and management studies; assists with developing/amending waterfowl statues, policies 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.    Plans, recommends, develops and directs new waterfowl management practices and programs for the Wetlands Wildlife Program:

  • Performs inspections of public and private properties to provide habitat management advice for Wetlands Wildlife species such as ducks, geese, and other wetland wildlife.

3.    Confers with the Section Administrator in the development and coordinator of inter-agency cooperative agreements and work tasks on an intra and inter state basis to assure the preservation and conservation of the State's Waterfowl Resources, i.e., Illinois Natural
       History survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mississippi Flyway Council, Ducks Unlimited, Illinois Duck and Goose Hunters Alliance, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Forest Service, institutions of higher education and conservation agencies from other states.

4.    Prepares and presents technical reports to assess the effectiveness of new or proposed management programs of the State's waterfowl Resources.

5.    Assists the Section Administrator in the preparation of the Section's annual budget and uses discretionary authority in the annual expenditure of the appropriation within the operating regulations of the division.

6.    Consults with the Section Administrator in conducting and evaluating research and management studies of existing management programs:

  • Reviews, develops and implements new techniques and recommends programs to assure compliance with State statutory and obligatory laws and regulations.
  • Initiates and coordinates scientific inventories of the State's waterfowl resources for the purpose of development of management and harvest control programs.
  • Reviews and recommends new administrative and fiscal techniques to improve the statewide management of the Wetland Wildlife Program.


7.    Assists the Section Administrator in the amending and development of waterfowl resource statutes and Department regulations to achieve better conservation management practices:

  • Explains and interprets Division programs and policies to the media, other agencies, conservation organizations, school groups and the general public.
  • Reviews and recommends changes in Administrative Orders for regulating the use or protection of the State's waterfowl resources for approval by the Division Administrator.


8.    Represents the Section Administrator at assigned meetings on an intra-state basis, i.e., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Illinois Duck and Goose Hunter Alliance, Illinois Natural History Survey, Mississippi Flyway Council, Ducks Unlimited,
       US Forest Service and US Army Corps of Engineers, travels as needed to do so.

9.    Assumes management responsibility of the section in the absence of the section Administrator.

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

Minimum Qualifications

1.    Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of a bachelor's degree in fish, wildlife, forestry or natural heritage resource management or in a related biological science.
2.    Requires six years progressively responsible professional experience in fish, wildlife, forestry or natural heritage resource management.

Preferred Qualifications

1.    Two (2) years of knowledge of state and federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to fish, wildlife, forestry or natural heritage resource conservation.
2.    Two (2) years of knowledge of the operations of the geographical region, or major statewide program.
3.    Two (2) years of knowledge of division objectives, policies, programs and services.
4.    Two (2) years of thorough knowledge of managerial procedures and techniques, program budgeting, personnel, statistics and procurement.
5.    Two (2) years of thorough knowledge of natural resource management theory, principles and practices.
6.    Two (2) years of experience supervising, directing and evaluating staff and operations within an assigned geographical region, or a major statewide resource program.
7.    Two (2) years of experience preparing and presenting comprehensive natural resource management reports.
8.    Two (2) years of experience projecting budgetary and staffing needs.
9.    Two (2) years of experience solving on-site problems.
10.  Two (2) years of experience securing and analyzing information and exercising sound judgment in the analysis and the evaluation of technical data, reports/papers.

Employment Conditions

1.    Ability to pass background check.
2.    Valid driver's license.
3.    Ability to travel when needed.
       All applicants must be able to meet the following Conditions of Employment, with or without reasonable accommodation, to be considered for the is position.

Agency Statement

Charged with preserving, protecting and promoting Illinois' natural and cultural resources, 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. 


Office of Resource Conservation
The Office of Resource Conservation strives to conserve the state's wildlife, fisheries, natural lands and forest resources for future generations while providing sustainable recreational opportunities for all Illinoisans.

Education Major

Work Hours:  Mon-Fri 8:30am -4:30 PM with 1/2 hr. lunch (Sat/Sun off)  
Work Location: One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1813  
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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