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Date:  May 23, 2023

Springfield, IL, US, 62702

Job Requisition ID:  26837

Agency :  Department of Natural Resources 
Closing Date/Time: 06/14/2023
Salary:   $5,246.00 to $7,827 per month  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Sangamon  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
Plan/BU:   RC063  


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


All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


Posting Identification Number  12-25-26837

Position Overview

Under direction of the Statewide Operation Division Manager, the Historic Sites Project Designer will perform professional architectural duties including planning, design, inspections and rehabilitation for historic sites within IDNR; will serve as a project manager for assigned capital projects; will provide technical materials for in-house improvement projects. 

Job Responsibilities

1.    Under general direction of the Statewide Operation Division Manager performs professional architectural duties involving responsibility for execution of assignments of extensive scope and complexity concerning the planning, design, inspection and specification development related to historic rehabilitation, historic preservation and new construction projects for DNR Historic Sites.

  • Reviews in-progress and complete architectural and engineering drawing, including details and explanatory notes for new and/or historic buildings and structures.
  • Writes, reviews and/or directs the writing of all pertinent specifications.
  • Makes estimates of project cost by computing costs of materials and labor.
  • Develops narrative work scopes for submittal to the Capital Development Board (CDB).


2.    Serves as project manager for capital projects at DNR Historical Sites.

  • Travels throughout the state to historic properties and site locations.
  • Assists in construction management by reviewing inspection reports, contractor invoices, change orders and other required project documentation.
  • Develops budget scopes and estimates for future projects and advises on potential fund sources and project priority.
  • Coordinates efforts in representing DNR's interests.
  • Makes recommendations for policy and procedures regarding capital projects.


3.    Provides technical materials/correspondence to field sites for in-house improvement projects.

  • Is a subject matter expert (SME) relating to the issues of historic preservation and in applying the Secretary of Interior Standards to historic properties.
  • Assist in the selection, specification, and location of materials and building products for historic site projects.
  • Analyzes plans and makes allowances for pertinent factors that could affect projects.


4.    Develops design and/or feasibility reports which outline departmental positions on various subjects and projects, and presents reports to Division manager for review.


5.    Represents the Agency as spokesperson regarding historic sites capital projects at public information meetings.


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

Minimum Requirements

  1. Requires bachelor's degree in architecture.
  2. Requires two years of professional experience in historic architecture or one year of professional experience in architecture and two years of advanced study in historic architecture or historic preservation.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Two (2) years of extensive knowledge of the Secretary of Interior Standards for historic rehabilitation and historic restoration projects.
  2. Two (2) years of extensive knowledge of historic construction methods and materials, and appropriate restoration practice for the same.
  3. Two (2) years of extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of architecture.
  4. Two (2) years of extensive knowledge of current and historical building practices and materials used therein.
  5. Two (2) years of extensive knowledge of state and local building codes and their relationship to local building regulations, and how they apply to historic structures.
  6. Two (2) years in the ability to independently carry out activities as a project planner, designer and specification developer.
  7. Two (2) years of the ability to apply architectural theories and learned construction skills to project plans, designs and standards to achieve maximum user benefits.
  8. Two (2) years of the ability to construct, analyze and project costs of projects to includes analysis of relevant construction trends.
  9. Two (2) years of the ability to communicate architectural themes effectively to affected parties without utilizing technical jargon.
  10. Prefers an Illinois architectural license.

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. Requires a valid driver's license.
  3. Requires the ability to travel to remote locations.

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. 


The Office of Realty & Capital Planning (ORCP) incorporates a wide variety of functions for the Department by providing support services through short and long-range planning, realty and land acquisition, engineering, design and project management, concession and lease management, and regulatory elements including environmental and cultural assessments and consultations related to capital improvements.  The ORCP manages the Capital budget development, coordination with Governor’s Office of Management & Budget (GOMB), and the Capital Development Board (CDB) on capital funding and project execution.  The ORCP also acts as the primary contact with the US Army Corps of Engineers (COE) for all activities occurring between the agencies and coordinates all post-disaster reconstruction management at IDNR sites.  The ORCP functions through three divisions: the Division of Statewide Operations; the Division of Field Operations; and the Division of Real Estate Services & Consultation.


Statewide and Field Operations provide in-house evaluation, design and technical assistance for all Department facilities, such as dams, bridges, water and sewer systems, bikeways, canals, roads, boat access areas, lodges, concessions, campgrounds and day use areas. The Office undertakes special studies and investigations to define scopes of work, evaluates and proposes alternative solutions. Additionally, the Office works on Departmental future planning needs, ensures public health and safety codes are met at Department facilities, and provides technical expertise on emergency declarations, as defined by the Illinois Procurement Code. The Office formulates and executes the Department's capital construction program, coordinates projects with the Capital Development Board (CDB), coordinates the Park Road Program with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and provides design review and construction management on these projects; provides design and construction management of the waterfowl development and other Department programs, and manages the Department's heavy equipment construction and dredging programs.

Work Hours:  Mon. - Fri. 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM  
Work Location: IL Dept. of Natural Resources, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1813  
Agency Contact:

Vicky Fowler


Phone #:  217-785-5387

Job Family:  Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics  


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



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