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Date:  Jun 8, 2021

Springfield, IL, US, 62702

Job Requisition ID:  4088

Agency:  Department of Natural Resources 

Posting Open Date: 06/9/2021
Posting Closing Date:  06/22/2021 
Salary:  Anticipated Starting Salary: $90,000 - $115,0000/year 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Term Appointment Gubernatorial (Management Bill) 000 


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Position Statement

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is seeking a proven conservation leader to serve as Executive Director for the Illinois Nature Preserves System. This position will lead a staff of natural resources professionals charged with protecting high quality natural areas and habitats. Represents the Department at various professional organizations serving as a technical expert.  The ideal candidate should have a broad range of knowledge of ecology and natural resource management and will be comfortable interacting with professional staff and private landowners. The position offers the candidate the opportunity to work with the nation's first Nature Preserves System and consult with state, federal, and international agencies on natural areas management. We welcome interested applicants who are passionate about conserving Illinois' rare natural treasures.  If you fit this description, we encourage you to apply today.

Job Responsibilities

1.    Manages the Office of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC).

  • Develops and organizes goals and objectives of all programmatic efforts directly effecting urban development, natural areas, and endangered species habitats.
  • Serves as the Division Manager over IDNR staff dedicated to the work of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission.
  • Directs the establishment, implementation, revision and direction of operations and program policies, procedures and rules, regulations, program objectives, and long-range plans for preserving the natural resources and endangered species habitats in Illinois.
  • Develops plans of work for preservation of natural resources and evaluates environmental impacts to endangered species inhabiting urban areas.


2.    Serves as full Supervisor.

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

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3.    Coordinates and reviews through subordinate staff the process of landowner requests, research permits, land and water registrations, lease agreements and property easements.

  • Develops, reviews, and approves plans of work for nature preserves.
  • Provides managerial guidance and technical assistance to INPC and subordinate staff in the issuance of 400-500 research permits for biologists, scientists, and students to study and monitor rare species of plants and animals to assure compliance with state compliance with state and federal statute.
  • Confers with landowners and INPC staff members on easements, and lease agreements on public and private properties housing natural habitats on private properties.
  • Develops plans of work for nature preserve dedications, and land and water registrations on landowner properties.
  • Develops technical plans of work for the development of publicly owned nature preserves open to the public for hiking, bird watching, flowers, trees and animals that face extinction in Illinois.
  • Coordinates efforts to address threats to, and encroachment upon, boundaries of Illinois Nature Preserves.


4.    Consults with the state, federal, and international agencies on regional, national, and international wildlife management issues, policy, and regulations.

  • Represents the Department at professional organizations serving as a technical expert.
  • Serves as the Department liaison representing on Intra and Inter-Agency committees and taskforces dealing with both preserving natural resources and endangered species habitats.
  • Testifies before legislative committees acting as an expert regarding environmental impacts.
  • Recommends revisions for statutory changes to address deficiencies in natural resources protection.

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5.    Develops budget plan for the Division and prepares the draft for approval by the Department Director.


6.    Works with other IDNR Offices and Divisions to set priorities for land acquisition, natural areas stewardship and defense of protected sites using Natural Areas Acquisition Funds.


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

Minimum Qualifications

1.    Knowledge, skill, and mental development equivalent to completion of four (4) years of college with course work in natural resource management, parks and recreation, or natural sciences.
2.    Prior experience equivalent to four (4) years of progressively responsible administrative experience in environmental protection, natural resources preservation, and/or environmental management.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences or related degree including but not limited to: Zoology, Biology, Botany, Plant Taxonomy, Forestry, Aquatic Ecology, etc.
  2. Three (3) years of professional experience supervising a staff of five (5) or more employees.
  3. Three (3) years of experience in natural resources management.
  4. Three (3) years of experience in developing employee work plans or organizational strategic planning.
  5. One (1) year of managing a budget or funds in a public or private entity.
  6. Three (3) years of experience in development or review of site management plans.
  7. Two (2) years of experience in public speaking and delivering presentations to diverse audiences.
  8. Two (2) years of experience in the application of state and local laws that provide legal protection for high quality natural areas.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Ability to travel including overnight.
  2. Ability to work overtime as needed and be available, as necessary.
  3. Ability to work flexible hours and outside of normal office hours.
  4. Possess a valid Driver's License.
  5. Ability to pass a background check. 

Agency Statement

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 mission of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC) is to assist private and public landowners in protecting high quality natural areas and habitats of endangered and threatened species; in perpetuity, through voluntary dedication or registration of such lands into the Illinois Nature Preserves System. The Commission promotes the preservation of these significant lands and provides leadership in their stewardship, management and protection.


Term Appointment/Revolving Door Statements:

Candidates hired into a term position shall be appointed for a term of 4 years and are subject to a probationary period. The term may be renewed for successive four-year terms at the Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources discretion.


Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this position.  As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”) or may be subject to a fine.

Work Hours:  Mon.-Fri., 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, 1 hr. lunch, Sat-Sun off 
Work Location: One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1813 
Agency Contact:  Vicky.Fowler@illinois.gov 
Job Function: Administration/Management; Sciences and Natural Resources 



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