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Date:  Jun 5, 2024

Champaign, IL, US, 61820

Job Requisition ID:  38628

Agency :  Environmental Protection Agency 
Closing Date/Time: 06/20/2024
Salary:   Anticipated Starting Salary (Effective 7/1/24) $4,412 monthly; Full Range $4,412 - $5,991 monthly.  
Job Type:   Salaried
County:   Champaign  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
Plan/BU:   RC062


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


Posting Identification Number  38628

Life Sciences Career Trainee (UMP)

(For informational purposes only: Targeted title- Environmental Protection Specialist I Req #38629)


***Please upload a copy of your official/unofficial transcripts for all degrees earned, and a copy of any applicable professional licenses you possess to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. ***

Note: The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency must verify and have proof of higher education and coursework (if applicable) for any degree earned before any offer can be extended. 

*Answer all questions thoroughly-DO NOT STATE SEE RESUME*


Job Overview

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Land (BOL), Field Operations Section, Central Region/Champaign is seeking to hire Life Science Career Trainee (Option E). The ideal candidate will participate in the agency sponsored training program for a six to twelve months duration. This trainee position receives working assignments designed to develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills consonant with various professional life sciences career disciplines within the Field Operations Section, Central Region/Champaign. As a LSCT, you will receive controlled assignments in a broad range of departmental activities with increasing difficulty and responsibility.


The benefits of working at the EPA include a 37 ½ hour work week, a generous salary and benefits package (paid time off for vacation, sick or personal leave, holidays) pension and other retirement benefits, tuition reimbursement, and insurance eligibility on day one (medical, dental, vision, and life). We invite all qualified candidates to apply.

Essential Functions

35%  1. Receives training for a period of six to twelve months duration to gain knowledge in and assist in conducting routine field inspections/investigations of hazardous and solid waste management and disposal facilities and remediation sites for the Field Operations Section (FOS), Bureau of Land (BOL), Central Region/Champaign;

  • Completes a thorough review of the site’s activities
  • Determines regulated status, and whether the site is in compliance with laws and regulations.
  • Conducts activities that utilize safety equipment and performs rigorous physical activity to meet safety standards to comply with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120.
  • Travels in performance of duties.


35%  2. Receives training to assist in providing for Region Manager’s close review;

  • Inspection reports, letters, and memorandums by data collected
  • Takes pertinent photos
  • Utilizes a personal computer, with word processing and database software


10%  3. Receives training to provide information (verbally or in writing) on relevant environmental matters to facility owners/operators, the public, governmental agencies and others outside the Agency.

  • Assist in preparation of necessary compliance and enforcement documents to be utilized in hearings or court cases
  • Observes legal proceedings.

Essential Functions - Continued

10%  4. Receives training to assist with collecting water, soil and waste samples to substantiate violations and/or determine the extent of contamination;

  • Requires the utilization of field and safety equipment;
  • Participates to gain knowledge in multi-media inspections and investigations with bureaus and shares pertinent information with them.


05%  5. Attends and participates in meetings and keeps current on relevant laws, regulations, policies and procedures related to waste management in Illinois;

  • Attends training and studies related documents to develop skills.


05%  6. Perform other duties as assigned or required, which are reasonably within the scope of duties enumerated above

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires a bachelor's degree in some field of the life sciences.


This class is included as an Upward Mobility Program credential title.

Preferred Qualifications (In Order of Significance)

  1. Prefers ability to prepare comprehensive written and oral reports
  2. Prefers ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
  3. Prefers ability to profit from training received in the designated area of state government
  4. Prefers ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other employees and agency representatives
  5. Prefers ability to utilize a personal computer with knowledge of Microsoft Office Software

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires ability to participate in the medical monitoring program,
  2. Requires ability to pass a physical examination, which is intended to determine whether a person can wear respiratory protection and function in high heat stress situations while wearing chemical protective clothing;
  3. Requires ability to wear a respirator or other form of respiratory protection
  4. Requires ability to carry and utilize a self-contained breathing apparatus (weighing approximately 25 pounds).
  5. Requires ability to wear chemical resistant clothing in high heat stress situations while performing strenuous physical tasks (e.g. carrying equipment up a steep ravine at a temperature up to 100F)
  6. Requires ability to lift heavy equipment (e.g. 45 pounds)
  7. Requires ability of hiking, climbing, wading in streams or getting in/out of boats or swimming in emergency situations to get to sites (as required by OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120).
  8. This position will be required to complete (within 90 days of employment) and maintain working knowledge of (8- hour annual refresher) and/or certification to ensure position is up to date with laws, rules and regulations to maintain compliance with IL Department of Labor Occupational Safety Regulations: 40-hour OSHA training.
  9. Requires a valid driver’s license
  10. Requires the ability to travel
  11. Requires the ability to pass a name-based background check.

Work Hours:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday  
Work Location: 2125 S 1st St Champaign, IL 61820-7474  
Agency Contact: 

Chris Steinkruger


Phone #:217-558-1256

Posting Group:  Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; Environmental & Natural Resources  


This title is within the Upward Mobility Program.  General Program information can be found by clicking on the Upward Mobility Program link or for specific title information at UMP Title Descriptions. There are three categories of UMP titles: 1) certificate titles which require passing a written proficiency exam; 2) credential titles which require the possession of a specified college degree and/or licensure; and 3) dual titles for which a certificate may be earned by following either the certificate or credential pathway.


This position [DOES NOT] contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).



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