Land Use and Conservation Specialist

St. Croix County logoCompany:  St. Croix County

Location:  Hudson, WI

Date Posted:   March 6, 2020

Application Deadline:   Open until filled

Employment Type:   Full time

Salary:  $54,226 - $73,694

Land Use and Conservation Specialist

About the Position

St. Croix County is located approximately 30 miles east of Minneapolis MN, and 250 miles northwest of Madison WI. The County seat is in Hudson, WI, and we are known as one of the fastest growing counties in Wisconsin. St. Croix County has 26 departments with a little over 650 employees in 5 main locations: Our Government Center (Hudson, WI), Services Center (New Richmond, WI), Health and Rehabilitation Center (New Richmond, WI), Highway Department (Baldwin, WI), and Agricultural Services and Education Center (Baldwin, WI).

Generous perks and benefits include:
• Health, dental and vision insurances
• Life insurance - we pay for 1x your salary of coverage.
• Health and wellness reimbursement - $300 every year
• 23 days of PTO/year accrued
• 10 paid holidays
• Employee health and wellness programs
• Free access to St. Croix County parks
• Employee achievement program free to all employees
• Flexible schedules, staff training, and competitive wages

2020 Benefits Guide:

This position provides technical assistance and administrative service by conducting plan reviews; assisting public with resource concerns, ordinance application and permitting; presenting reports; conducting evaluations and inspections; preparing and maintaining records and files; developing plans; and related work. Specific Assignments may be made to this position with focus on resource management, watershed management, urban planning, rural development, farmland preservation, etc.

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Assists general public, developers, surveyors, realtors, other professionals with application submittal, reviews, and applications and researches multiple ordinances to apply appropriate standards and regulations.
  • Conducts site visits, reviews aerial photography, property records, prepares staff analysis and recommendations for committees and Board of Adjustment.
  • Researches a variety of land information materials and property records to evaluate and verify property and resource conditions for conformance with applicable provisions of County land use ordinances.
  • Provides necessary documentation and testimony to Corporation Counsel for litigation required for enforcement of County land use ordinances.
  • Coordinates and administers plan reviews pertaining to storm water and erosion control plans for land-use permits, conditional use permits, land developments of rural and agricultural lands, non-metallic mining reclamation and agricultural waste storage facilities to assure compliance with federal, state and local engineering standards and ordinances within strict time constraints.
  • Reviews and approves erosion control and storm water infrastructure design, technical data, cost estimates, construction and as-built plans; determines compliance with applicable standards, ordinances and regulations.
  • Interprets, researches and reviews environmental documents for permit compliance.
  • Monitors permitted projects for compliance; performs field surveys and site inspections; directs and reviews engineering work in the construction, maintenance and repair of erosion control and storm water infrastructure; enforces regulations until final project completion and termination.
  • Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of all federal, state and local ordinances related to urban and agricultural development, prepares reports, creates guidance documents and provides programmatic direction to the general public.
  • Maintains active communication with contractors, engineers, surveyors, town officials, government agencies, committees and the general public for proposed and permitted projects.
  • Provides information and interpretation regarding soils and best management practices to various personnel, groups, and the general public.
  • Coordinates meetings and presents relevant information to various groups.
  • Prepares reports and presents information relating to conservation and land management issues; provides recommendations to various committees.
  • Participates in the development of ordinances, policies and amendments.
  • Participates in technical review team meetings to analyze land use applications and enforcement activities.
  • Testifies in court related proceedings as necessary.
  • Maintains various electronic files and databases related to projects.
  • Performs field inspections for plan reviews and compliance.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of department goals, objectives and activities in County Comprehensive Plan, Farmland Preservation Plan, Land & Water Resource Management Plan, Watershed Plans, and related documents.
  • Performs field surveys, produces engineered plans of best management practices following federal, state and local specifications or ordinances and oversees installation and project construction.
  • Participates in training and continuing education to maintain required certifications.
  • Assists in the training of newly hired staff and provides direction and assistance to the technicians and summer interns.
  • Addresses various governmental units and community groups.
  • Conducts public training.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with and explain conservation principles to governmental officials, volunteers, community groups, associates and the public.
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively utilize the principles of strategic and long and short-range planning.
  • Skill in analyzing complex administrative information and issues, defining problems and evaluating alternatives and recommending methods, procedures and techniques for resolution of issues.
  • Ability to research and analyze detailed information and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Ability to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate projects and programs.
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor when dealing with the public.
  • Ability to perform detailed work accurately and independently in compliance with stringent time limits with minimal direction and supervision.
  • Ability to prioritize duties to accomplish a high volume of work product while adapting to constant changes in priority.
  • Knowledge of County policies, procedures and practices.
  • Knowledge of local government organization and its departmental operating requirements.
  • Considerable knowledge of modern office practices and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze and prepare organizational and functional reports from research data.
  • General knowledge of standard office procedures, practices, equipment and office assistance techniques.
  • Knowledge of the County and department programs and policies.
  • Knowledge of the use of a multi-line telephone system.
  • Ability to read and understand basic County and State policies and procedure of limited scope and difficulty.
  • Ability to work the allocated hours of the position.


  • Ability to explain relevant information effectively to various audiences.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other members of the staff, supervisor, and the public.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in both written and verbal form.
  • Must be proficient in workplace English and spelling.
  • Ability to read County policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence; SDS sheets, safety manuals, maps, etc.


  • Ability to calculate mathematical calculations.


  • Ability to understand and effectively carry out verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to develop, interpret and implement local policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence; Federal, State, and local regulations.
  • Ability to define problems and deal with a variety of situations.
  • Ability to think quickly, maintain self-control, and adapt to stressful situations.
  • Ability to maintain discretion regarding business-related files, reports and conversations, within the provision of open records law and other applicable State and Federal Statutes and Regulations.
  • Organizational and time management skills needed to meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to work accurately with attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and concise records and reports.
  • Ability to analyze facts and to exercise sound judgment in arriving at conclusions.

The physical and work environment characteristics described in this description are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions or as otherwise required by law. Employees needing reasonable accommodation should discuss the request with the employee’s supervisor.


  • This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 25 pounds of force; work regularly requires sitting, frequently requires standing, speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel and repetitive motions and occasionally requires walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling and reaching with hands and arms.
  • Work has standard vision requirements.
  • Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
  • Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels.
  • Work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data and observing general surroundings and activities.
  • Duties are performed daily both in and outdoors under all weather conditions and include exposure to inclement weather, noise, and rough terrain.
  • Work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, light traffic).

Work is primarily in an office setting but may also be in the field.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in land use planning, soil science, geology, soil and water conservation, surveying, civil engineering, agronomy, environmental and public health or other related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in land use code administration and enforcement, GIS, planning, land records or natural resources conservation.

How to Apply

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