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Date:  Mar 8, 2023

Des Plaines, IL, US, 60016

Job Requisition ID:  24517

Agency :  Environmental Protection Agency 
Closing Date/Time: 03/22/2023
Salary:   $5,483.00 - $6,271.00 Monthly CBA Language Applies  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Cook  
Number of Vacancies:   2  
Plan/BU:   RC063  


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  24517

Upload a copy of your college transcripts and degree certificate(s) (applicable) in the additional documents portion of the job requisition.

*Answer all questions thoroughly-DO NOT STATE SEE RESUME

Job Overview

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Water (BOW), Public Water Supplies (PWS), Unit B is seeking to hire an Environmental Protection Engineer I. This position assists in and receives training from high-level staff in performing engineering reviews of plans and specifications submitted by applicant and/or applicants’ representative for construction and/or modification of water main extensions and new PWS Permit Program treatment plants and/or improvements plans of existing treatment plants for the PWS Permit Program. 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 position requires confidentiality and professionalism, often under sensitive and controversial circumstances. 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.

Job Responsibilities

45%  1. Assists in and receives training from high-level staff in performing engineering reviews of plans and specifications submitted by applicant and/or applicants’ representative for construction and/or modification of water main extensions and new Public Water Supplies Permit Program treatment plants and/or improvements plans of existing treatment plants for the Public Water Supplies Permit Program, Division of Public Water Supplies, Bureau of Water;

    • Reviews for conformance to rules and regulations
    • Gains understanding in correspondence to such by utilizing Agency official permit, review letter, or permit denial.

25%  2. Assists in and receives training in providing support to intra-agency programs directly related to the safe treatment of water provided by community water supplies in Illinois;

  • Recommends Special Exception Permit issuance in support of the Compliance Assurance, Field Operations, and Groundwater Sections of the Division of Public Water Supplies as well as supporting projects under review by the State Revolving Fund (SRF) program administered by the Infrastructure/Financial Assistance Section of the Bureau of Water.

15%  3. Participates and observes higher-level staff in meetings with local officials, applicants and/or applicants, representatives, conferences, workshops and training programs to gain knowledge of the Public Water Supplies Permit Program policies, rules and regulations.​​​​​​​

    • Participates and observes field/site inspections of newly constructed facilities visits with higher-level staff.
    • Travels in performance of duties.

(Job Responsibilities continued)

10%  4. Participates in and provides assistance in the implementation of Public Water Supplies’ Permit Program rules and regulations.

  • Specifically, testifies at Illinois Pollution Control Board regulatory hearings and court proceedings in support of Agency position.

05%  5. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of college with a bachelor's degree in an engineering science. Typically, the subject matter would involve the type of coursework associated with environmental (sanitary, hydraulic, hydrology, and air pollution specialties), civil (sanitary, hydraulic, and hydrology specialties), general, industrial, mechanical, chemical, public health, electronic, acoustical or aeronautical engineering or engineering mechanics or a closely related engineering specialty.
  2. Requires no previous experience.
  3. This class is included as an Upward Mobility Program credential title.

Preferred Qualifications (In Order of Significance)

  1. Prefers the ability to utilize a personal computer with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access software
  2. Prefers proficiency in engineering calculations and judgment
  3. Prefers ability to understand oral and written instructions
  4. Prefers good verbal communication skills
  5. Prefers ability to understand rules and regulations

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires a valid driver’s license
  2. Requires the ability to travel
  3. Requires the ability to pass a name-based background check

Work Hours:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday  
Work Location: 9511 W. Harrison Street  
Agency Contact:

Chris Steinkruger


Phone #:217-558-1256

Job Family:  Sciences and Natural Resources  


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


Revolving Door: “Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this position. As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”), and seek a revolving door determination from the OEIG, or may be subject to a fine.”


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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