Title: Drain Inspector/Vegitation Specialist
Department: Drain Commission Updated: 01/2018
Division: Drain Commission FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit: AFSCME 1089 Wage Range: Not Available

Inspects and maintains county drains using hand tools, power equipment and herbicides. Prepares reports on the condition of county drains and needed maintenance. Manages vegetation along drains for bank stabilization, water quality and to minimize long-term maintenance required. Investigates drainage complaints and inspects drainage construction work. Inspects drains for illicit connections and other water quality problems.


·         Walk extended distances in rough off-road terrain or travel drains via water vessel to inspect and maintain them.

·         Make written reports, maps and manage computer data regarding county drain conditions.

·         Communicate verbally and in writing with landowners about drain maintenance issues.

·         Use and maintain power equipment and hand tools in removing obstructions, maintaining and restoring drains.

·         Apply herbicide for management of vegetation.

·         Use a Global Positioning System (GPS) computer unit.

·         Manages Geographic Information System (GIS) data on computer.

·         Work from a vessel on large drains.

·         Seed and fertilize drain slopes, plant trees and other vegetation.

·         Inspect construction work, culvert installation and utility crossings on county drains.

·         Supervise and direct volunteers, contractors and employees in drain maintenance and restoration.

·         Investigate drain complaints and talk to landowners.

·         Maintain Drain Office records for federal Stormwater Permit and prepare annual report.

·         Other duties as assigned.


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


May supervise temporary employees, community service workers, volunteers or contractors.         


·         Graduation from high school, GED or equivalent with supplemental training or experience in the fields of Natural Resources, Environmental Science/Health, Forestry and/or Horticulture.

·         Experience or training in surveying, mapping, computers and photography is preferred.

·         MDA Certification for Commercial Pesticide Application, with Aquatic and Right of Way endorsements.

·         Completion of and certification through, the State prescribed soil erosion and sedimentation training program within first year of employment. 

·         Possession of a valid Boaters safety certificate.

·         Experience in operating power equipment, in drainage practices, river restoration or related work is also preferred. 

·         Knowledge of drainage systems and river restoration techniques.

·         Knowledge of biology and bio-engineering.

·         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.

·         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 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.

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:

·         Walk extended distances through difficult terrain and harsh conditions.

·         Operate small power equipment including but not limited to chainsaws.

·         Work in outdoor conditions that include water, mud, and extreme heat and cold

·         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 50 pounds.

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

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         Generally works in an outdoor environment but may work in an office setting.

·         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.