Cedar Lake Supervisor

City of Carbondale, Illinois
Job Description/Job Opening Announcement
June 15, 2017

Title:          Cedar Lake Supervisor
Dept./Div.: Public Works/Lake Management

NATURE OF WORK:  This is a regular, full-time, over-time-exempt position in the Lake Management Division of the Public Works Department. The Cedar Lake Supervisor is responsible for the day to day administration and operation of the City’s Cedar Lake Reservoir and its water shed area. The position requires a 40-hour per week work schedule, however, not necessarily on an 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday schedule. The position requires the Cedar Lake Supervisor to be on duty during peak periods of the Lake’s use. The Cedar Lake Supervisor is required to be available for work assignments on Saturday and Sunday. The Cedar Lake Supervisor is in constant contact with the public and therefore must be able to present a professional image to all lake visitors, fishermen, and to the local property owners in the area.  A City-owned house is provided in the watershed area in which the Cedar Lake Supervisor is required to live rent free. The Cedar Lake Supervisor supervises seasonal workers including Lake Maintenance Workers and Lifeguards. The Cedar Lake Supervisor reports to, receives direction from and is evaluated by the Director of Public Works.


  1. Effectively and efficiently administer, plan and organize the proper operations of Cedar Lake including maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment and supervision of personnel assigned to the division. Utilize personnel, equipment and supplies effectively and efficiently.
  2. Establish and maintain positive working relationships with subordinates, supervisors, other employees and the public. Cooperatively work with other agencies as necessary including U.S. Forest Service, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Jackson County Sheriff, etc. for Lake Management operations. In supervising and working with staff, adhere to applicable policies and requirements including City policies and safety standards, initiating appropriate disciplinary action when necessary. Keep supervisor well informed by communicating both orally and in writing. Assist with the interview and hiring process of lifeguards and summer workers.
  3. Effectively supervise and direct employees assigned to the division using modern management techniques and sound independent judgment.  Motivate employees to achieve operational goals in an effective and efficient manner, evaluate employee job performance and initiate effective disciplinary action as necessary and appropriate.
  4. Supervise boat launch activities to insure their smooth and continuous operation and maintain the general boat launch area. Provide assistance to fishermen and all other visitors to the lake area. Oversee the beach operation; supervise, schedule, train and direct lifeguards. Swim as necessary to perform patrol, beach and other lake duties.
  5. Patrol the lake and watershed area. Safely and effectively operate boats, vehicles and other equipment. Inform visitors and patrons of rules, regulations, and polices and enforce the same as directed and necessary for all Lake Management operations. Lead by example and adhere to all rules, regulations, and policies both on and off duty as applicable and directed.
  6. Develop, implement, and run educational programs to promote recreation and conservation activities such as: bird house building, maple syrup making, bird watching, plant and tree identification, and leave no trace.
  7. Implement, monitor and maintain necessary conservation practices to prevent unwanted erosion in the watershed area. Maintain and keep emergency access roads and fire trails open.
  8. Safely and effectively operate and maintain various types of motor vehicles and equipment.  Climb onto and operate equipment w/both manual and automatic shift transmissions with some having auxiliary equipment with hand-operated control levers requiring effective hand-eye coordination. Equipment includes but is not limited to automobiles, pickup trucks, small tractors, lawn mowers, chainsaws, string trimmers, leaf blowers, slope mowers, and other like equipment. Make minor operating adjustments and alignments to assure proper and efficient operation of equipment as required. Coordinate and schedule equipment for repairs and preventive maintenance services with the Equipment Maintenance Division. Train employees on the proper and safe use of equipment, vehicles, and machinery.
  9. Maintain necessary records and statistics related to division operation. Prepare written reports as directed by the Director of Public Works. Maintain necessary records to develop annual budget and prepare annual budget material for Director of Public Works in accordance with City's budgeting process and calendar using basic mathematics. Purchase necessary items for operation and inventory by soliciting quotes from a variety of vendors, determining which vendor to use following proper City purchasing procedures, and process a purchase order for required merchandise. Prepare and maintain required payroll documentation such as leave requests, overtime slips, and time cards. Maintain equipment maintenance and repair records.
  10. Respond to after hour needs and emergency calls related to the management of lake and surrounding properties.
  11. Operate motor vehicle to and from job sites, meetings, and various City offices in order to perform essential duties.
  12. Practice good safety and be knowledgeable of standard safety practices and procedures. Possess the ability to recognize hazardous situations and exercise extreme caution and good judgment when working in and around excavations, machinery, vehicles and other related equipment. Have ability to properly instruct and train others in the safe and proper use of equipment, tools, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
  13. Effectively comprehend and follow oral and written instructions to implement all phases of the Lake Management Division operations. Ability to speak clearly and distinctly into microphone, operate two-way radio and telephone in order to be clearly understood.
  14. Assist the Engineering Division with developing and overseeing construction projects related to the management of Cedar Lake and surrounding properties. Possess the ability to read and understand engineering and construction drawings, plans, and specifications.
  15. Operate basic office equipment, i.e., calculators, copy machines, fax machines, etc. Efficiently and effectively utilize Windows based personal computers and software including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.), e-mail, record keeping software, and other software as necessary.

OTHER DUTIES: Perform other duties and assignments related to overall operations of the Lake Management Division of the Public Works Department.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed both in an office setting and outdoors. Work exposes the employee to fumes, odors, dust, smoke, gases, excessive noise, extreme heat/cold weather, in and around bodies of water, and working around moving vehicles and equipment. Work requires the operation of a vehicle, boats, and various other machinery and equipment during the course of the work day in a variety of weather conditions. When in the work area, the employee is exposed to fumes and odors. Protective equipment such as ear plugs, hard hats, safety glasses, gloves and steel toed shoes are worn.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work requires the regular and frequent performance of physical tasks such as walking over rough or uneven surface, standing for extended periods of time, bending, stooping, crouching, crawling, kneeling, working in restricted and/or confined spaces, climbing ladders and stairs, climbing in and out of boats, swimming, frequent lifting and carrying of moderately heavy objects between 15 and 49 pounds, occasional lifting and carrying of heavy objects 50 to 75 pounds. Work also requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time, to operate vehicles and machinery, and the operating hand and power tools and equipment. Work also requires the proficient operation of personal computers and associated software; and the ability to perceive and/or discriminate colors, sounds, depth, and texture.

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry, Biology, Geology, Wildlife Management or a related degree in conservation or outdoor recreation; must be able to swim; must have and maintain a valid Illinois Drivers License. Minimum two (2) years previous supervisory experience required, four (4) years is desired. Must pass pre-employment and ongoing random drug screening tests; a pre-employment background check; and a pre-employment job duty physical evaluation. Experience in a similar work environment and experience in outdoor education and programming is preferred.

Regular, Full-Time Position, Over-Time Exempt
Salary Range 7 ($25.18/hr to $36.20/hr) - Starting Salary $25.18/hr (DOQ)

Submit completed City of Carbondale Application for Employment to the Human Resources Office at City Hall, 200 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, June28, 2017. Applications may be obtained at City Hall or printed from the City’s website www.explorecarbondale.com. The City of Carbondale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Tara Brown
Human Resources Manager

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