Job Descriptions

The statements contained in the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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Title: Project Manager
Department: Drain Commission Updated: 09/2016
Division: Drain Commission FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit: AFSCME 1089 Wage Range: Not Available

To coordinate, organize and manage larger drain construction projects, coordinate reviews of development drainage plans, and to coordinate grant projects for the Drain Commissioner’s Office, working with engineers, contractors, local government officials, attorneys, consultants, landowners and the general public.  


·         Coordinate petitioned drain projects from start to finish, including the following:

·         Check validity of petitions

·         Research past drain projects in office files

·         Set up of Boards of Determination and public hearings

·         Draft legal documents and legal notices

·         Work with consulting engineers, contractors and attorneys

·         Work with citizens and local government officials

·         Review maps, plans, engineering reports, bid specifications, contracts

·         Order culvert pipes, construction materials

·         Assist the Drain Commissioner in obtaining rights-of-ways from landowners

·         Inspect construction and work with contractors

·         Coordinate development drainage reviews including the following:

·         Organize and expedite review process

·         Inspect development sites and/or work with site inspection consultant

·         Research Drain Office files and maps relative to site plans

·         Work with consulting engineers to review plans and blueprints

·         Work with attorney to review and/or draft legal documents

·         Write review letters, meet and communicate with developers and engineers

·         Maintain development review files

·         Coordinate Operation and Management of Wastewater Systems, including the following:

·         Prepare annual budgets and track expenditures

·         Coordinate with consultants, contractors, municipal officials and residents

·         Other duties as assigned.


Work is performed under the general supervision of the Drain Commissioner and the Deputy Drain Commissioner.


Oversee part-time or temporary employees, student interns or volunteers.


·         Graduation from an accredited high school with supplemental training or experience in the fields of business organization, law, engineering, biology, and/or construction.

·         A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred, but not required.

·         Ability to read and interpret maps, plans blueprints and construction documents.

·         Ability to read scientific reports and legal documents and to follow the procedures of the Drain Code.

·         Ability to research legal drain documents and historic records.

·         Familiarity with survey descriptions of real estate property.

·         Knowledge of the design of drains and of CAD design and drafting techniques.

·         Knowledge of drainage and river systems and floodplains.

·         Knowledge of biological, hydrologic and hydraulic principles.

·         Knowledge of engineering and construction methods and materials, biology and bioengineering.

·         Ability to manage Geographic Information System (GIS) data on computer.

·         Ability to inspect construction work and ensure compliance.

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.    

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.                       

·         Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.          


·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                 

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                            

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.                         

  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan operator license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.
  • Certification through the Michigan Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Program, or the ability to acquire certification within one year of employment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to 25 pounds.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         Ability to walk extended distances through difficult terrain and harsh conditions.

·         Normal office hours are from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

·         Generally works in a normal office environment. 

·         The noise level in the work environment is moderate with many interruptions.



Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.


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Human Resources
200 Grand River Avenue, Ste. 206
Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone: (810) 989-6910
Fax: (810) 985-3493
Email: Human Resources