Natural Resources Technician in East Lansing

Hiring Organization: City or East Lansing
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: East Lansing, MI
Application Due Date: October 15, 2023

Essential Functions

  1. Responsible for performing technical duties in assigned areas with a focus on inspection of a variety of private and public Infrastructure projects of varying scale. 
  2. Review engineered and non-engineered erosion control plans for; commercial, industrial, and residential sites; conducting field inspections, and working with public on resolving erosion control/flooding complaints.
  3. Driving to assigned sites within the City to conduct on-site inspections. An inspection involves walking entire site, photographing landscape and erosion controls in place, and ensuring controls are properly installed and maintained.
  4. Advising the Environmental Sustainability and Resiliency Manager and Engineering Administrator of any changes from original site plans, failures of erosion controls, and recommend plan changes to address drainage/storm-water erosive concerns.
  5. Participate in team meetings to prioritize SESC site visitation planning and keep updated to current issues/concerns. Contact responsible parties with inspection violation findings as necessary.
  6. Performs Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program site visits, water sampling, evaluation of pollutants and source tracking; conducts enforcement action for non-compliance offenders.       
  7. Performs routine inspections of all City storm water facilities within the MS4 area.
  8. Coordinate and document compliance activities to bring residents and businesses into compliance with the MS4 program as well as specific operation and maintenance requirements.
  9. Maintains organized records to document and track compliance with all MS4 requirements.


 Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of local and state laws, rules, and regulations relating to soil erosion inspection.
  • Knowledge of soils, hydrology, construction, excavation, landscaping, and related fields.
  • Skill in reviewing and analyzing blueprints and/or other technical documents.
  • Skill in identifying and recommending soil erosion and sedimentation controls.
  • Engineering concepts and construction practices relevant to municipal stormwater projects.
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) regulations; watershed protection; water quality monitoring
  • Urban forestry
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Ability to:

  • Read and interpret engineering plans, specifications, schematics, drawings, and maps.
  • Respond to inquiries and complaints form the public in a tactful and professional manner.
  • Interpret and explain City policies and procedures.
  • Prepare clear and concise written reports, correspondence, and notices.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Understand and interpret pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:
  • Maintain mental capacity which permits:
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include the following:

Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


One to five years of increasingly responsible experience in field construction, soil erosion, stormwater management, urban forestry, environmental sustainability, or natural resource protection.   


Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management, Forestry, Environmental Science, or related discipline desired, but not required.

Training and/or certifications in one or more of the following:  soil erosion, storm water operator, urban forestry or other related subjects.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as working knowledge of Lucity or other asset management software.

License or Certification

Possession of, or ability to obtain within 6 months:  Michigan Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control (SESC) certification, Construction Stormwater Certification, Industrial Stormwater Certification.