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LIFE SCIENCES CAREER TRAINEE (UPWARD MOBILITY) - 236000E

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:  9645

Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency  
Closing Date/Time:  12/09/2021 
Salary:  $3,709.00 - $5,199.00 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 #

9645

(For informational purposes only: Targeted title- Environmental Protection Specialist I Req #9646)

Job Responsibilities

35%  1. Receives training for a period of six to twelve months duration to gain knowledge in conducting 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;

  • Observes and participates in the collection of biological, hydrological, habitat, sediment, and water samples
  • Performs 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 for close review, routine scientific environmental data and routine technical written reports of investigations
  • Travels in performance of duties

25%  2. Receives training in stream and lake monitoring activities to support the Ambient Water Quality Monitoring Network, Intensive Basin Survey, Ambient Lake, Harmful Algal Bloom, Lake Michigan, and Facility-Related Stream Survey programs;

  • Observes and assists with applying established protocols and ensures quality of collected samples
  • Observes and assists with the qualitative and rapid testing process of water samples for algal toxins
  • Provides results and interpretation to Agency staff
  • Interprets routine results and prepares routine scientific reports

(Job Responsibilities continued)

20%  3. Receives training to assist in activities in support of stream, lake, and watershed related efforts;

  • Collects appropriate biological, chemical, and physical data from streams and lakes
  • Learns to interpret resultant data and develops written technical scientific reports of survey to the Unit Manager
  • Provides routine technical assistance and interprets information to lake management associations, lake managers, and landowners
  • Assists with facility related stream surveys following IEPA protocols
  • Observes and receives training in the development and review of technical documents including Standard Operating Procedures, Monitoring Strategy, Basin and Lake Reports, etc.
  • Develops working relationships with municipalities, consultants, and other entities to coordinate monitoring
  • Provides reviews and comments on Section 319 grant applications

15% 4. Receives training to gain knowledge and participate in the preparation of the biennial Clean Water Act Sections 305(b)/303(d) Integrated Report;

  • Observes and learns assessment process to determine 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

 

(Job Responsibilities continued)

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

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires a bachelor's degree in some field of the life sciences.
  2. This class is included as an Upward Mobility Program credential title.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Requires ability to prepare comprehensive written and oral reports.
  2. Requires ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  3. Requires ability to profit from training received in the designated area of state government.
  4. Requires ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other employees and agency representatives.
  5. Requires the ability to utilize a personal computer with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, presentation software, GIS, and statistical analysis packages.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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.


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