Loading...
 
Share this Job

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SPECIALIST I-1382100

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process and during performance of all job duties.  Please email the Central Management Services Disability Resource Center at CMS.DisabilityResCen@illinois.gov or call (217) 524 - 7514 for further information and to request an accommodation.

Sponsorship for Employment

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

Disclosure of Salary Information

In compliance with the Illinois Equal Pay Act, 820 ILCS 112/1 et seq., the State does not seek, request, or require a job applicant’s wage or salary history.  Employment decisions are not made based on an applicant’s wage or salary history.  To that end, please do not include wage or salary information in your resume or other profile or application materials.

Date:  Nov 22, 2021
Location: 

Des Plaines, IL, US, 60016

Job Requisition ID:  9646

Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency  
Closing Date/Time:  12/09/2021 
Salary:  $4,006.00 to $5,755 Monthly 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  RC062 

 

Collective Bargaining Agreement language applies to this requisition:
We are currently transitioning away from a paper application process to an electronic application process. This position has not been transitioned. Please follow the directions below when applying to this position.

 

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE

**DO NOT CLICK THE APPLY BUTTON**

 

CMS100/B Employment Application and all applicable documentation should be submitted to the Agency contact listed below.

 

Posting Identification #

9646

(Job Assignment Only: Targeted title for Life Sciences Career Trainee Bid Req#9645)

Job Responsibilities

35%  1. Observes, participates in, and assists higher level specialists with stream and lake monitoring and assessment activities in the Northern, Central, and Southern Monitoring Unit/Northern, Surface Water Section, for the Division of Water Pollution Control/Bureau of Water;

  • Collects biological, hydrological, habitat, sediment, and water samples
  • Conducts fieldwork activities including lifting equipment weighing up to 60 lbs., operating small watercraft and swimming, often under adverse environmental conditions.  
  • Handles and interprets data resulting from samples collected
  • Sorts and identifies aquatic macroinvertebrates
  • Prepares routine scientific environmental data and routine technical written reports of investigations
  • Travels in performance of duties

 

(Job Responsibilities continued)

25%  2. Observes, participates in, and assists higher level specialists in monitoring activities of streams and lakes to support the Ambient Water Quality Monitoring Network, Intensive Basin Survey, Ambient Lake, Harmful Algal Bloom, Lake Michigan, and Facility-Related Stream Survey programs;

  • Applies established protocols and ensures quality of collected samples
  • Collects appropriate biological, chemical and physical data for impact assessments 
  • Uses qualitative and rapid test procedures to test water samples for algal toxins
  • Provides results and interpretation to Agency staff and lake managers
  • Interprets routine results and prepares routine scientific reports
  • Develops working relationships with municipalities, consultants, and other entities to coordinate monitoring and provides routine technical assistance for lake management strategies

 

(Job Responsibilities continued)

20%  3. Participates in the preparation of the biennial Clean Water Act Sections 305(b)/303(d) Integrated Report;

  • Assists with assessments of attainment of aquatic life, aesthetic, and other designated uses with identifying potential causes and sources of impairments
  • Assists in compiling and organizing data to be entered and maintained in the Ambient Water Quality Monitoring System

15%  4. Observes and participates in the development and review of assessment tools and technical documents;

  • Fish and macroinvertebrate indices of biotic integrity, Standard Operating Procedures, Monitoring Strategy, Basin and Lake Reports, etc.
  • Provide reviews and comments on Section 319 grant applications to assist watershed related efforts

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

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires the knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to the completion of four years of college.
  • Requires one year of professional experience in pollution abatement or a related field.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Requires working knowledge of modern inspectional and investigative techniques and procedures.
  2. Requires working knowledge of modern environmental control systems, facilities, techniques and procedures.
  3. Requires working knowledge of state laws, rules and regulations as pertaining to environmental protection or pollution abatement.
  4. Requires ability to prepare comprehensive, technical and scientific reports of field investigations and/or inspections.
  5. Requires ability to analyze and interpret the scientific data of plans for facilities, installations and equipment.
  6. Requires ability to establish and maintain working relationships with municipal officials, facility operators and owners, plant managers, or their representatives.
  7. Requires ability to interpret pertinent state laws, rules, regulations, policies or procedures of the agency to individuals and municipal bodies.
  8. Requires ability to operate field equipment such as a camera, dissolved oxygen testing and monitoring equipment, Hach field kit, real time analyzer, sound level meters.
  9. Requires the ability to utilize a personal computer with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, presentation software, GIS, and statistical analysis packages.
  10. Prefers experience utilizing scientific testing and sampling equipment and established protocols to monitor aquatic macroinvertebrates, aquatic habitat, or water chemistry, and prefers experience identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates.
  11. Prefers Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (aquatic or environmental), with specific coursework (15-17 semester hours) in Limnology, Aquatic Biology, Ecology, or closely related environmental science.

Specialized Skills

Of the one year of required experience; requires one year of experience with the testing and sampling protocols established to monitor aquatic macroinvertebrates, aquatic habitat and macrophytes, or water chemistry; identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates; interpreting biological, physical, or chemical data in assessment of the quality of surface water resources; experience utilizing databases, statistical software, and GIS; experience in the preparation of scientific reports and presentation of their results.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires a valid driver’s license.
  2. Requires the ability to travel.
  3. Requires the ability to swim
  4. Requires the ability to lift, carry, and transport loads weighing up to 60 pounds.
  5. Requires the ability to work under adverse environmental conditions. 
  6. Requires the ability to operate small watercraft (e.g., canoe, boats equipped with outboard motors weighing up to 60 pounds, with ability to lift outboard motors) while collecting environmental samples.

Work Hours:  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Monday to Friday  
Work Location: 9511 W. Harrison Street  
Agency Contact:

Jason Thoron

1021 North Grand Avenue East MC#37

 PO Box 19276

 Springfield, IL 62794-9276

 (217)782-2074

 Fax (217)524-6907

Submit via email to:

EPA.HR.JobApplications@Illinois.gov

Job Function:  Sciences and Natural Resources  

 

CANDIDATES MUST SUBMIT A SEPARATE BID FORM (as applicable) AND CMS-100/B FOR EACH POSTED VACANCY APPLIED FOR. 

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

DO NOT APPLY ONLINE.

 

Current State Employees:

  • Seeking a Promotion – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100B Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • Older versions of the CMS-100B will not be graded or returned to applicants. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100B (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Transfer – Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid FormTransfer Request, and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

  • Seeking a Reduction - Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

 Former State Employees:

  • Submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • A separate Bid form and Application is required for each Posting Identification#/Job Requisition ID # or your bid will be rejected. 
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 (version dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

Non-State Employees:

  • Submit a CMS-100 Employment Application (version dated 9/2020 or after) and official college transcripts (where applicable) to the Agency Contact address listed above.
    • Documentation is required for each Posting/Bid ID or your application(s) will be rejected.  
    • Failure to complete and submit the new CMS-100 version (dated 9/2020 or after) will result in your application being rejected.

 

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.

 

“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.”


Nearest Major Market: Chicago