Local recruitment: Surface Water Section Manager

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Springfield, IL, USA 🇺🇸

Date:  Nov 10, 2021

Location: Springfield, IL, US, 62702-4059

Job Requisition ID:  8868

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency

Closing Date/Time: 11/29/2021

Salary: $7,500.00 to $10,000 Monthly

Job Type: Salaried Full Time

County: Sangamon

Number of Vacancies: 1

Plan/BU: Term Appointment Gubernatorial (Management Bill) 063


Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), a copy of your transcripts or diploma for all degrees earned, and a copy of any applicable professional licensures to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. Please note that the Environmental Protection Agency must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) before any offer can be extended. You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document in lieu of a Resume or CV.

Position Overview

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is seeking a qualified individual to serve as the Surface Water Section (SWS) Manager within the Division of Water Pollution Control/Bureau of Water, located in Springfield, IL. The selected candidate will possess strong leadership and communication skills, and be able to guide the SWS and its staff of approximately 40 individuals in the proper collection, assessment, and management of lake, stream, and Lake Michigan data per existing and future programs.  As a leader for the SWS, the individual in this position will frequently represent the IEPA and Division of Water Pollution Control/Bureau of Water at various surface water meetings of state, federal and local governments, industry, public interest groups, and stakeholders. This individual should also possess the knowledge and experience to initiate and establish policies, standards, and procedural guidelines for all SWS operations. We invite all qualified candidates to apply.

Job Responsibilities

35%  1.  Serves as a full-line supervisor to managers engaged in the state-wide programmatic monitoring, assessment, planning, and implementation activities of the Surface Water Section in the Division of Water Pollution Control/Bureau of Water;

  • 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

20%  2.  Serves as the Surface Water Section Manager; plans, organizes, reviews, and directs the activities of Surface Water Section staff;

  • Develops, directs, and implements action to assure that physical, chemical, and biological data are effectively collected, managed, and utilized in the assessment of the State’s surface water resources, as mandated and funded by the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) Sections 106, 305(b), 303(d), and 604(b).

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  • Provides policy and administrative direction to subordinate managers to ensure activities and coordination with Division/Bureau programs related to permitting, compliance, watershed management, standards development, field operations, and grant/loan support funding mandated and financially supported by the Federal CWA.
  • Oversees and is responsible for Surface Water Section Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) activities, that minimize erroneous or suspect data and improve reliability and usability of Agency data
  • Utilizes a personal computer to create presentations, author reports and documents, and track data in spreadsheets or other databases.
  • Travels in performance of duties.

20%  3.  Establishes and maintains constructive dialogue and cooperative relationships with USEPA Section 305(b) monitoring and assessment and Section 303(d) impaired waters listing program staff administering or overseeing Agency activities mandated, delegated, or funded under the Federal CWA. 

  • Biennially leads development of Illinois’ required Integrated Water Quality Report and Section 303(d) List.
  • Annually participates in updating portions of the Illinois EPA and USEPA Joint Environmental Performance Partnership Agreement (EnPPA), EnPPA Self-Assessment, and Environmental Conditions Report. 
  • Directs completion of performance and reporting commitments for separate federal project grants, ensuring their timely submittal.

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15%  4.  Oversees and directs all Section-related procurement needs including;

  • Procurement of commodities, equipment, contractual agreements, and state or federal grants.
  • Procurement-related tracking, reporting, and financial administration

5%  5.  Provides advice and representation on matters pertaining to the Surface Water Section;

  • Offers input and analysis of Division/Bureau standards, operating procedures, technical documents, legal cases, complaints, standards proposals, regulatory policies, information requests, and emergency situations. 
  • Represents the Agency, along with subordinate managers, on interstate, regional, or national compacts, associations, and commissions.

05%  6.  Performs other duties as required or assigned, which are reasonable within the scope of duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

1.  Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of college.

2.  Requires four (4) years of progressively responsible administrative experience in interpreting and applying state and federal environmental laws and regulations.

Preferred Qualifications (In Order of Significance)

1. A Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree with coursework or primary research in aquatic ecology, limnology, freshwater science, or closely related field.

2. At least (4) years’ experience in developing and/or managing a surface water monitoring and assessment program.

3. At least (4) years’ experience in assessing compliance with state and federal regulations pertaining to Federal Clean Water Act Sections 106, 305(b), 303(d), 604(b).

4. At least (4) years’ experience in supervising subordinate staff.

5. At least (4) years’ experience in conducting field investigations to determine water resource quality conditions.

6. At least (4) years’ experience in compiling, analyzing, and interpreting complex and extensive scientific data.

7.  At least (4) years’ experience in procuring commodities, equipment, contractual agreements, and state or federal grants needed to conduct monitoring and assessment activities.

Conditions of Employment

1. Requires a valid driver’s license.
2. Requires the ability to travel.

3. Requires ability to work at various times outside of normal office hours to meet deadlines.

4. Requires ability to pass a criminal background check.

5. Requires use of an agency-supplied mobile phone.

6. Requires ability to be on-call.

Work Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Monday to Friday

Work Location: 1021 E North Grand Ave Springfield, IL 62702-4059

Agency Contact:

Jason Thoron

1021 North Grand Avenue East MC#37

 PO Box 19276

 Springfield, IL 62794-9276


 Fax (217)524-6907

Submit via email to:[email protected]

Job Function: Administration/Management; Public Safety; Sciences and Natural Resources

Agency Statement:

The mission of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is to safeguard environmental quality, consistent with the social and economic needs of the State of Illinois, so as to protect health, welfare, property and the quality of life.  IEPA works to safeguard the states natural resources from pollution to provide a healthy environment for its citizens. By partnering with businesses, local governments and citizens, IEPA is dedicated to continued protection of the air we breathe and our water and land resources.

Revolving Door: â€śCertain 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”), and seek a revolving door determination from the OEIG, or may be subject to a fine.”

Term Appointment:
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 Environmental Protection Agency’s discretion.

The IEPA does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status).  To be considered for permanent IEPA employment, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.





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