Posting for Land Reclamation Specialist II with Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Mines and Minerals

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The IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals is seeking two (2) Land Reclamation Specialists II for our Benton Office and one (1) Land Reclamation Specialist II for our Springfield Office.

Individuals with a broad range of interest and skill in forestry, agriculture, ecology, or geology tend to thrive in these positions.

Please visit the link below for instructions to apply:

More information including the job description is posted below.

If you have any questions please contact me or Dan Barkley.



William Gillespie, PE

Southern District Supervisor


503 E. Main St.

Benton, IL 62812

Office: (618) 439-9111 x225

Cell: (618) 616-2235


Date: Mar 7, 2022

Location: Benton, IL, US, 62812-2522

Job Requisition ID: 12911

Agency: Department of Natural Resources
Closing Date/Time: 03/21/2022
Salary: $4,558 to $6,699 per month
Job Type: Salaried Full Time
County: Franklin
Number of Vacancies: 2
Plan/BU: RC062

Posting Identification #12-74-12911

Position Overview

The Office of Mines and Minerals is seeking two (2) candidates to fill two (2) Land Reclamation Specialist 2 positions which provides technical advice and consultation to mining companies in the preparation and review of plans for reclamation projects; travels to inspect reclamation sites to ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations; consults with supervisor concerning policy formulation according to the Department policies, rules, and regulations.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Provides technical advice and consultation to mining companies in the preparation and review of plans for reclamation projects; inspects sites for compliance with regard to wildlife, vegetation, soil and water standards and all other performance standards; collects water samples to test for water quality, inspects soil to ensure proper removal, replacement, and proper grading and erosion structures are installed; inspects to ensure all drainage from the affected area is collected and directed to sediment control facilities; travels to various locations within assigned area.
  2. Visits and consults with operators of surface and underground mine operators to ensure compliance with current laws; advises coal operators on proper procedures and guidelines to follow in order to comply with current laws and to accomplish satisfactory reclamation; anticipates potential problems at mine site; makes on-site evaluations of pending mine permit applications and reviews field sites for potential applications.
  3. Prepares permit and application related correspondence with regard to divisional decisions and policy; drafts letters and documents for submission to Springfield for Division Supervisor.
  4. Reviews permit applications; writes permit application findings; responds to comments from interagency and public; calculates bond fees for proposed permit area; assists higher level specialists in preparing legally mandated public hearings regarding mining applications.
  5. Prepares maps for future and current mining operations; verifies topographic and aerial photographs; collects data concerning affected acreage reports, reclamation progress, water monitoring reports and bonding; maintains a complex set of records for each mine site under review.
  6. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonable within the scope of the duties enumerated above.


  • Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four (4) years of college with course work in ecology, agriculture, or forestry;
  • Requires three (3) years of professional experience in the reclamation of lands affected by surface mining;
  • Requires extensive knowledge of the Surface Mine Land Conservation and Reclamation Act.

Employment Conditions

  • Requires possession of a valid Driver’s license.
  • Requires ability to pass background check.

Agency Statement

Charged with preserving, protecting, and promoting Illinois’ natural resources, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) employees oversee water, wildlife, wetlands and oil wells, parks, historic sites – and everything in between. Employment opportunities vary greatly, often providing employees the chance to work indoors and out in a dynamic yet relaxed environment. Working for the State of Illinois, IDNR employees receive excellent benefits, including health, vision and dental insurance; a retirement plan and deferred compensation options; state holidays and other time off; as well as pre-tax benefit programs.

The Office of Mines and Minerals (OMM) is comprised of four divisions: Land Reclamation, Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation, Mine Safety and Training, and Blasting, Explosives and Aggregate Reclamation. Within these divisions, the office:

  • regulates the mining industry throughout the State of Illinois,
  • regulates the possession, use, and storage of explosives,
  • and enforces various acts which govern the mining industry.

In addition, the office is charged with ensuring the health and safety of the thousands of mine workers through the Mine Safety and Training Division, and through administering the Abandoned Mined Land Reclamation program, provides reclamation ensuring public and environmental safety from abandoned mine sites.

Work Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30am – 3:30pm, 1/2 hr. lunch
Work Location: IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals, Southern District, 503 E Main St Benton, IL 62812-2522
Agency Contact:

Dan Barkley

IDNR Office of Mines & Minerals

One Natural Resoures Way

Springfield, IL 62702

Email: dan.barkley

Phone #: 217-785-5197

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