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Seasonal Planning Internship

This is a temporary position with a flexible 20-hour work week (between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Mon through Fri). Position lasts for approximately 3 months.

Duties: Performs a variety of planning duties as assigned, under direct supervision of AICP Planners. Duties may include assistance with the following:

  • Permit review and inspections
  • Production of maps using GIS
  • Development and site plan reviews
  • Conduct on-site field work
  • Provide assistance with on-going departmental work responsibilities
  • General office work, including scanning and filing of plans
  • Other related duties as required

Minimum Qualifications: At least two years of college completed; students majoring in urban planning or similar field are preferred. Computer skills with Word, Excel and GIS are required. Ability to work independently and work effectively in a team environment is required. A valid driver's license is

Starting Wage: $15.00 per hour

Application Period: Open until filled. 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. 

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 Building Inspector/Plan Reviewer (Part-Time)

Duties:  Under general supervision, perform a variety of routine and technical building inspection and review of applications and technical submissions of construction related permits including:

  • On-site inspections for residential and commercial structures for various stages of construction and remodeling.
  • Small scope plan reviews.
  • Assure compliance with approved plans, specifications and applicable codes and regulations of The Village of Downers Grove; building, mechanical, fuel gas, energy conservation, electrical, accessibility, and property maintenance codes.
  • Confer with architects, contractors and the general public in the field, office, and at the counter to explain requirements and restrictions clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

This specification should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbent may be requested to perform any tasks as assigned, with emphasis on appropriate customer services.

Hours: 12-16 hours per week; June through October
Working Conditions:  Office and highly variable field conditions.
Compensation: $20 - $25 per hour, D.O.Q.

Education and Experience:  High School diploma and two years of experience as gained with an architect, general contractor, at a journey level in the building trades, or in a government position as building inspector, plan reviewer, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge of:  General provisions of the building-related codes and ordinances enforceable by the Village, including the ICC series of codes, methods of building construction and procedures in the construction trades. Knowledge of principles and techniques of building inspection and record keeping.

Minimum Qualifications:  Requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required:

  • Ability to read and interpret construction plans and specifications and to enforce their application; keep records and prepare reports, learn and apply specific provisions of applicable codes, ordinances and regulations enforced by the Village; and detect deviations from plans.

Additional Qualifications: This position requires a high degree of informative, timely, accurate and professional interaction with internal and external customers. Consistent positive customer service is the expected performance standard.

Licenses & Certification:  Valid Illinois Driver's License.  ICC Certifications (preferred).

Application Period: Open until filled. Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E.

Seasonal Engineering Intern

Duties: Performs a variety of civil engineering duties as assigned, under direct supervision.Duties may include assistance with the following:

  • Field inspections related to capital infrastructure project construction;
  • Construction project layout and staking for various capital projects;
  • Drafting and computing operations involved in the preparation of drawings and plans;
  • Permit reviews, site inspections, erosion and sediment control inspections, and responding to calls from residents and contractors;
  • General office work, including scanning and filing of plans;
  • Other related duties as required.

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 a plus, but not required. A valid driver's license is required. Currently the Village has the following openings:

  • Three (3) open positions for 40 hours per week (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Mon through Fri). Must be available to work occasional evening and/or weekend hours.
  • One (1) open position for 20 flexible hours per week (between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Mon through Fri).

All positions last for approximately 3 months.

Application Period: Open until filled. Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. 

Staff Engineer I

Duties: Provides support on capital construction projects including planning, surveying, preparing preliminary budget estimates, design, preparing contract specifications and bid documents; construction administration and inspection. Designs and inspects construction of assigned capital projects to ensure compliance with Village codes and ordinances in addition to compliance with contract specifications. Responds to citizen inquiries and complaints regarding drainage, village infrastructure and construction work. Performs localized neighborhood drainage investigations. Assists other engineering staff with field work on an as-needed basis. Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge and Skills Required: Candidates must have knowledge of civil engineering principles and practices, mathematics, construction project scheduling and accounting, surveying, drafting and plan preparation, reading/interpreting 
architectural and civil drawings, and in using a personal computer and software (Word, Excel, Outlook). Candidates must possess good communication skills, both oral and written. Experience/skill with AutoCAD and/or Civil3D is preferred.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or related field is required.

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Must be available to work occasional weekend and evening hours as required. A valid driver's license is required. Competitive starting salary and benefits.

Salary: Annual salary range for this position is $57,401 to $78,926.

Application Period: Open until filled. First review of candidates will occur on or around February 23, 2015. Applications will be accepted online, only. E.O.E. 

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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