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Stormwater Administrator

The Stormwater Administrator performs a wide variety of tasks involved in the management of stormwater including compliance with regulations, infrastructure, and development related services. This is a responsible, professional position that acts as the designated Stormwater and Flood Plain Ordinance Administrator and CRS Program Coordinator for the Village.

DUTIES include:

  • Overseeing the National Flood Insurance Program requirements, NPDES permits and IDDE program;
  • Overseeing the work of environmental consultants;
  • Reviewing requests for credits and incentives for the Stormwater Utility, interpreting maps, plats, and legal descriptions;
  • Engineering elevation surveys;
  • Assisting the Village attorney with legal issues related to stormwater, floodplains, and wetlands;
  • Conducting technical research on stormwater issues; and preparing reports and recommendations.   

Additional functions include, but are not limited to: frequent contacts with the public; acting as liaison to the Village Stormwater and Floodplain Oversight Committee; representing the Village with regulatory agencies and at a variety of meetings; performing administrative and other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will possess knowledge of:

  • Stormwater and water quality regulations;
  • Engineering design/review processes and procedures; 
  • Site development and permitting processes, and municipal code enforcement procedures;
  • Management/supervisory principles and practices. 


Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in civil engineering with technical courses in the principles of stormwater design and floodplain management; Four to six years or progressively responsible experience in civil engineering with some experience in the regulation of stormwater and floodplain activities preferred.

Minimum of four (4) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in civil engineering with some experience in the regulation of stormwater and floodplain activities preferred.  Excellent customer skills are desirable. 

Licenses and Certifications: Valid Illinois Class D Driver's License; Registered Professional Engineering License; Certified Floodplain Manager preferred.

Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. 

Division Chief - Fire Prevention Bureau

Responsible for the management and all activities associated with Fire Prevention Bureau. These activities are generally categorized as, but may not be limited to: plan review, inspections, determination of fire cause and origin, arson investigation, fire prevention, and community risk reduction planning.


  • Organizes and supervises the operation of the Fire Prevention Bureau.
  • Oversees plan reviews, inspections and the testing process to ensure fire code compliance for new developments.
  • Performs plan reviews and inspections.
  • Conducts ongoing community risk assessment and develops community risk reduction strategies.
  • Administers the Fire Department life safety and fire code enforcement program to meet adopted standards and Village policies.
  • Represents the Fire Department to business and property owners to enforce adopted standards and Village policies.
  • Manages, develops and evaluates assigned staff.
  • Offers recommendations for changes to fire prevention programs and applicable fire codes.
  • Prepares and administers the approved Fire Prevention Bureau budget.
  • Supports Fire Operations and Administration and functions administratively in his/her capacity within the Incident Command System as assigned by Command.
  • Works with Community Development to ensure Village standards for planning and building are met.
  • Performs investigations and oversees the cause and origin team to ensure that all fire incidents are investigated in complete compliance with the Illinois Fire Investigation Act.
  • Assists with Fire and Life Safety Education programs and public information.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Bachelor's Degree with four to eight years of progressively responsible experience in fire service operations, at least two years of which was in a supervisory/management position or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Substantial experience with fire inspections, plan reviews and code interpretation a must. Candidates must currently possess or demonstrate the ability to obtain the Advanced Fire Prevention Officer Certification within 12 months after appointment. Plans Examiner, OFSM Fire Officer I and Fire Investigator certifications a plus. NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, and 700 within 6 months of appointment.

SALARY: $88,373 to $101,261 

Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. 

Traffic Engineer

Performs a wide variety of tasks involved in the management of traffic, traffic related infrastructure and development related services.

Primary duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Frequent contact with the public.
  • Planning and directing the collection of traffic data, reviewing and analyzing data collected, and preparing a variety of traffic engineering and traffic safety reports.
  • Identifying and explaining traffic impacts for developer proposals.
  • Participating in plan review and processing of plans for private developments affecting Village streets and traffic control devices.
  • Planning, coordinating, and preparing complete bid packages for project construction, including project plans, specifications, cost estimates, consultant contracts, authorization to solicit bids, contract awards, and other associated actions.
  • Assisting with the monitoring and management of commuter parking operations.
  • Managing contractual work for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals.
  • Acting as a resource for transportation planning related to bicycle and pedestrian systems.
  • Coordinating public works and traffic engineering activities with other Village departments and outside agencies.
  • Representing the Village at a variety of meetings.
  • Performing administrative and other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will possess knowledge of principles and practices of traffic engineering and civil engineering as applied to public works projects; methods, materials, and techniques used in traffic and infrastructure projects; principles and practices of project management; and applicable laws and codes relevant to design and construction of public works projects. In addition, he/she must make complex traffic engineering computations, as well as prepare traffic engineering plans and studies and administer contracts and coordinate and review the work of outside consultants.

EDUCATION: Bachelor's' degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in civil or traffic engineering or a related field.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum of four (4) years of increasingly responsible professional experience performing duties including at least one (1) year of recent experience in traffic engineering and/or traffic safety analysis. Customer service experience is desirable.

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS: Valid Illinois Class D Driver's License; Registered Professional Engineering License preferred; Professional Traffic Operations Engineer preferred.

Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. 

Systems Technician

This position is responsible for routine maintenance and support of all Village computer systems and devices. Under the supervision of the Assistant IT Director, the Systems Technician fulfills the first tier help desk function and provides technical support to end users. Work schedule is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend "on call" duty (approximately once every four weeks).

Responsibilities include: 

  • Provide help desk support and document help desk requests and resolutions.
  • Work closely with other IT staff to maintain and support all Village computer systems and technology.
  • Troubleshoot computer hardware and software issues (including but not limited to: servers, workstations, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, printers, wireless access points, and various software titles).
  • Collaborate in a team environment with technical and non-technical staff.
  • Document instructions, procedures and manuals.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Associate's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or related area of study.
  • Three to five years of experience working with computers and/or related software.
  • Knowledge of major operating systems including Windows Server, Windows 7, Windows 10 and Mac OSX.
  • Knowledge of general office applications including Microsoft Office and Google Apps.
  • Possess a valid Illinois Driver's License.

Starting Salary: $60,000 +/- DOQ

Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. 

Seasonal GIS/GPS Intern  

Duration of position is approximately mid-May to mid-August. Work schedule is generally 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The position reports to the Director of Information Technology as part of the GIS implementation project under the direction of the Village's GIS Specialist.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Follow the direction and guidance of the Village's GIS Specialist
  • Collect field GPS data; convert, import, and manipulate the data in the GIS
  • Update GIS data & create maps
  • Coordinate GPS data collection for department projects
  • Conduct research, in the field and in the office, to resolve conflicting information and ensure accuracy

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • The candidate will have applied Geographic Information Science education and experience using ESRI software in collegiate coursework.
  • Knowledge of GPS equipment and techniques
  • Experience with ESRI's ArcGIS software
  • Ability to work in adverse weather conditions
  • Preferred knowledge of Leica GPS equipment

Starting Salary: $15.32 per hour
Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. 

Seasonal Administrative Secretary (Part-Time)

The Village of Downers Grove is seeking qualified applicants for a Part-Time Seasonal position (20 hours per week) as Administrative Secretary I in the Community Development Department.

Duties: This position performs secretarial, administrative, and public contact duties with a fair amount of independence. Typical job duties include answering telephone inquiries, data entry, filing, scanning, and scheduling inspections. May perform additional administrative duties upon request.
Minimum Qualifications:  Qualifications include High school diploma or equivalent and one to three years of clerical experience. Prefer some continuing education in secretarial science, business, or job-related.

Qualified candidates must possess outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to maintain composure in a fast-paced, high volume, customer satisfaction-driven environment. They must have the ability to maintain positive working relationships, work independently, as well as part of a team. The candidate must possess skills in managing multiple priorities, and the ability to answer telephone calls while performing data entry functions. 

Any combination of education and experience which produces the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Compensation: $15 - $17 per hour, D.O.Q.
Hours: 20 hours per week; April - August
Working Conditions: Office
Application Period:  Open until filled. Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. 

Seasonal Public Works

The Village of Downers Grove is accepting applications for seasonal employment with the Public Works Department. All seasonal positions are temporary, beginning in May and lasting approximately three months.

 Pavement, traffic, drainage, water and grounds maintenance. Work activities are outdoors 95% of time. Generally, hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Minimum Qualifications: Valid State of Illinois driver's license, 18 years of age by the date of hire, and enrolled as a full-time student.
Application Period:  Open until filled.  Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. 

Seasonal Engineering Interns

The Village of Downers Grove is accepting applications for multiple candidates to fill the position of full-time and part-time Seasonal Engineering Intern.

Minimum Qualifications:  At least one year of college completed, students majoring in civil engineering are preferred. Computer skills with Word and Excel are required. Auto CAD experience is preferred, but not required. A valid driver's license is required.
Application Period:  Open until filled.  First review of candidates will occur on or around March 14, 2016. Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. 

PUBLIC WORKS Duties (Full-Time):  

  • Under direct supervision of Staff Engineers, assist in construction project layout and staking for various capital projects within the Village.
  • Assist in the maintenance of daily project log, drafting and computing operations involved in the preparation of drawings and plans.
  • Assist in field inspections and gathering field data related to paving and  repaving of streets and sidewalks, installation of water, sanitary and storm utilities.
  • Complete inspections and update inventory of Village's stormwater system. 
  • Performs office engineering work, including scanning and filing of plans and other related duties as required. 

Position is for 40 hours per week generally between the hours of 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, lasting for approximately 3 months.  Must be available to work occasional weekend and evening hours.


  • Under direct supervision of the Development Engineers, assist with permit reviews, site inspections, erosion and sediment control inspections, and responding to phone calls from residents and contractors.  
  • Perform office engineering work, including scanning and filing of plans/documents and other related duties, as required.  

Position is for 20 flexible hours per week between the times of 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, lasting for approximately 3 months.

Crossing Guard

The Village of Downers Grove is accepting applications for the position of Crossing Guard to assist school children at assigned crossings before and after school. Applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to work in all weather. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact CSO Supervisor Timothy Sembach at the Downers Grove Police Department; Monday - Friday, 7:00 am- 3:00 pm at (630) 434-5636. 

Wage: $10.00 per trip ($20.00 a day) Position open until filled. Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Village is looking for volunteers to work on special projects as needed, such as electronics recycling events, general office assistance, building improvements and emergency response.

If you are interested in becoming a Municipal Volunteer, please fill out the Online Application, which identifies your skills and availabilities. Applicants will be kept on file and called upon, as needed, or may apply for specific posted volunteer opportunities.

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