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PUBLIC SERVICE ADMINISTRATOR, OPT 1 (Resource Education) - 3701501

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

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Date:  Sep 16, 2022

Springfield, IL, US, 62702

Job Requisition ID:  18922

Agency:  Department of Natural Resources 

Requisition Number:  12-00-18922
Closing Date/Time:  09/29/2022 
Salary:  Anticipated Starting Salary: $6,250 to $7,500 per month 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Gubernatorial Exclusion 063 


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You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document that is not a Resume or CV.

Position Overview

The PSA, Opt. 1 (Resource Education) administers the statewide conservation resource educational program for the Department of Natural Resources designed to promote awareness of biological science, fish, wildlife, and land management conservation and environmental science; organizes goals and objectives of the Section; consults with the Office Director in the establishment, implementation, and direction of operational policies and procedures for the Section.

Job Responsibilities

1.    Subject to administrative direction, plans, executes, controls and evaluates statewide natural resource education coordination and program development:

  • Directs and coordinates the programs to promote awareness of biological science, fish, wildlife, and land management conservation.
  • Organizes goals and objectives of the Section.
  • Consults with Office Directors in the establishment, implementation and direction of operational policies and procedures for the section.
  • Performs budgeting for programs and materials and completing fiscal paperwork regarding to these programs.
  • Utilizes Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education (ENTICE) and other databases and maintains records.


2.     Presents materials for the natural resources education programs to promote awareness of biological science and resource conservation:

  • Provides materials to the public in a variety of forms, including written lesson plans and activities, internet pages, list server, Facebook, Earth Day in the Parks, ENTICE, grants, resources including trunks, packs, posters and video podcasts.
  • Evaluates results and proposes necessary modifications.
  • Communicates and works closely with graphic designers regarding education materials for distribution to the public.
  • Trains educators on use and presentation of materials.
  • Plans and organizes education materials at the State Fair and other events throughout the state.
  • Travels through the state.


3.    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


4.  Confers with formal and non-formal educations concerning incorporation of conservation education materials into the established curriculum and programs: 

  • Designs and conducts assessments of material suitability and use.

(Job Responsibilities continued)

5.   Cooperates with conservation resource managers, public information officers and others, suggesting ways to develop educational materials in specific conservation subject areas (i.e. outdoor education and recreational opportunities, and responsibility to the natural resources) that are appropriate for targeted grade levels (K-12), rural or urban localities and identified community-specific needs. 


6.   Represents the Department at various meetings with the education community, conservation organizations, the media and interested citizens with related conservation education interests.

  • Serves as liaison with other State and Federal natural resource agencies' field staff to promote conservation education programs.


7.    Serves as back up for filling photo requests from magazines, tourism publications, textbooks, authors, etc. and within the agency for presentations, displays, and other uses:

  • Organizes digital images for the Agency.
  • Organizes camera equipment, files and slides.


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 a bachelor's degree in fish, wildlife, forestry or natural heritage resources management.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Two (2) years of working knowledge of natural resource management theory, principles, and practices.
  2. One (1) year of working experience with budget knowledge.
  3. Two (2) years of experience developing educational curriculum for training and teaching.
  4. Two (2) years of implementing various types of teaching and or training seminars in a live audience setting.
  5. Two (2) years of experience supervising staff.
  6. Two (2) years of experience in presenting wildlife biology topics and other educational materials to large groups.

Employment Conditions

  1. Ability to pass background check.
  2. Valid driver's license.
  3. Ability to travel.

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

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.

Work Hours:  Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, 1 hr. lunch (Sat/Sun off) 
Work Location: One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1813 
Agency Contact: 
Job Family: Administration/Management; Sciences and Natural Resources 



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