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Date:  Jul 9, 2024

Collinsville, IL, US, 62234

Job Requisition ID:  38797

Agency :  Environmental Protection Agency 
Closing Date/Time: 07/23/2024
Salary:   Anticipated Starting Salary (Effective 7/1/24) $4,412 monthly; Full Range $4,412 - $5,991 monthly.  
Job Type:   Salaried
County:   Madison  
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  38797

Life Sciences Career Trainee (UMP)

(For informational purposes only: Targeted title- Environmental Protection Specialist I Req # 38798)


***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, Southern Region/Collinsville is seeking to hire an Environmental Protection Specialist I. This position performs beginning level professional duties related to working routine field inspections/investigations of hazardous and solid waste management and disposal facilities and remediation sites. The ideal candidate for this position will be organized, detailed and possess the ability to adapt to change in a collaborative, fast paced environment. The ideal candidate will also need to be able to communicate effectively verbally, electronically and in writing with both internal and external stakeholders.


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), Southern Region/Collinsville;

  • Completes a thorough review of the site’s activities.
  • Determines regulated status, and whether the site is in compliance with laws and regulations.
  • Assists with conducting 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 the ability to prepare comprehensive written and oral reports
2. Prefers the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
3. Prefers the ability to profit from training received in the designated area of state government
4. Prefers the ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other employees and agency representatives
5. Prefers the 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 the ability to lift heavy equipment (e.g. 45 pounds).
7. Requires ability to hike, climb, wade in streams, get in/out of boats, and/or swim 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 a working knowledge of (8-hour annual refresher) and/or certification to ensure the 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 and ability to travel.
10. Requires the ability to pass a name-based background check.

Work Hours:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday  
Work Location: 1101 Eastport Plaza Drive, Suite 100, Collinsville, Illinois, 62234  
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).


Agency Statement: The mission of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is to safeguard environmental quality, consistent with the social and economic needs of the State of Illinois, so as to protect health, welfare, property and the quality of life.  IEPA works to safeguard the states natural resources from pollution to provide a healthy environment for its citizens. By partnering with businesses, local governments and citizens, IEPA is dedicated to continued protection of the air we breathe and our water and land resources.


The IEPA does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status).  To be considered for permanent IEPA employment, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.



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