Lake Management Technician (2)

City of Carbondale, Illinois
Job Opening Announcement/Job Description
March 9, 2018

Title: Lake Management Technician (2)

Dept./Div.: Public Works/Lake Management

Nature of Work:  This is a temporary, full-time position (no benefits) in the Lake Management Division of the Public Works Department. The Lake Maintenance Worker performs general maintenance and patrol duties, and assists with all phases of beach operations. The Lake Maintenance Worker works various shifts including holidays and is supervised and evaluated by the Cedar Lake Supervisor or his designee:

Essential Duties:

  • Assures recreation sites and areas are operated and maintained in accordance with operation and maintenance plans. Schedules daily activities, establishes maintenance schedules, and inspects cleanup operations based on recreation operation and maintenance plans. Reports on conditions and use of sites and areas. Performs safety hazard analyses of public recreation use areas and takes or recommends corrective action
  • Apply basic working knowledge of tractors, chain saws, lawn mowers (both riding and push mowers), string trimmers and boat motors; be able to maintain them and performing proper repairs
  • Serves individually, or as a leader or member of a crew, to maintain, repair, and build trails to ensure protection of lake resources and water quality in addition to improving recreational access to forest lands
  • Prepares construction materials, ensures proper tool maintenance, and reports work completed. Keep hand written records of jobs performed and the work hours devoted to each work unit
  • Perform erosion control work by hand seeding, fertilizing and adding straw; constructing terraces and low head dams with tractor and blade and/or manually with pick and shovels; manually installing water diversion bars, ditches or channels; and hand placing hay and other objects into washes
  • Patrols roads, trails, and/or lake and ensure that use is in accordance with Cedar Lake Rules and Regulations. Protects the scene of any incidents and relinquishes control to police or other law enforcement officials. Responds to emergency calls and takes action as needed to protect visitors and resources, and resolve problems
  • Safely and effectively operate a boat and motor by observing all water craft rules and regulations, being alert and courteous to others
  • Works outdoors where there may be exposure to extremes of weather and temperature. Work requires walking, climbing, kneeling, bending, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds or more in steep, uneven terrain
  • Read and comprehend the ordinance governing Cedar Lake; be able to verbally explain and enforce ordinance; be able to defend enforcement in Court, if necessary
  • Use tact and good judgment; Utilize strong and effective interpersonal skills in interacting with co-workers and the public; Work effectively both independently and as a team member
  • Swim using good working knowledge of water safety techniques

Other Duties: Perform other tasks as assigned for the overall operation of the Lake.

Work Environment:  Work is performed primarily outdoors and exposes the employee to fumes, odors, smoke, gases, excessive noise, snakes, ticks and various insects, extreme heat, cold weather and rain; working around moving vehicles and dangerous machinery is common. Protective equipment such as ear plugs, hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, steel toe shoes, and personal floatation devices are required.

Physical Demands:  Work requires frequent physical effort such as walking, standing, bending, climbing, reaching, lifting and carrying objects of moderate weight 15-50 pounds for short durations. Work also requires the ability to perceive and/or discriminate colors, sounds, depth and texture.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:  Graduation from a standard high school or equivalent; must be comfortable around water and have the ability to swim; must be in good physical condition, able to perform heavy manual work and endurance in variable weather conditions; must have and maintain a valid Illinois driver’s license; must pass a pre-employment background check and drug test; Steel toe boots are required footwear.

Temporary, Full-time Position/Over-time Eligible   

Position to start April, 2018 (for approximately 6 months, limited to 999 hours)

Salary:     Range 3     $13.74/hr.

Residency Boundary Requirement (must reside within the City’s “Nine Mile” radius)

Submit completed City of Carbondale Application for Employment to the Human Resources Office, 200 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 29, 2018.  Applications may be obtained at City Hall or printed from the City’s website The City of Carbondale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Tara Brown
Human Resources Manager


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