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Date:  Jun 4, 2024

Marion, IL, US, 62959

Job Requisition ID:  38635

 Agency :  Environmental Protection Agency 
Closing Date/Time: 06/20/2024 
Salary:   Anticipated Starting Salary (Effective 7/1/24) $4,766 monthly; Full Range $4,766 - $6,632 monthly.  
Job Type:   Salaried 
County:   Marion  
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 illinois.jobs2web.com 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  38635

Environmental Protection Specialist I

(Job Assignment Only: Targeted title for Life Sciences Career Trainee Bid Req# 38636)


***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 Water (BOW), Water Pollution Control,
Surface Water Section, Northern, Central, and Southern Monitoring/Southern Unit is seeking to hire an
Environmental Protection Specialist I. This position observes, assists and participates in routine
duties related to the Surface Water Section. The ideal candidate will assist higher level staff in drawing
conclusions that ultimately lead to preliminary recommendations for approval or denial of permits,
variances or standards. The position will also assist higher level staff in the interpretation of
environmental laws and regulations, bureau/division programs, permit actions, cleanup actions, and
environmental/health impacts to prepare documents and reports.
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 Function 1

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/Southern, Surface Water Section, for the Division of Water Pollution Control/Bureau of

  • 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.

Essential Function 2

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, 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.

Essential Function 3

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.

Essential Function 4

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.

Essential Function 5

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

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 Geographic Information Systems (GIS); experience in the preparation of scientific
reports and presentation of their results.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Requires the knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to the completion of four years of
college with coursework in the physical, life or environmental sciences and requires either:
a) one year of professional experience in pollution abatement or a related
field, or
b) completion of an agency approved training program.
2. Requires a master’s degree with coursework in the physical, life, or environmental sciences.

Preferred Qualifications (In Order of Significance)

1. Prefers working knowledge of modern inspectional and investigative techniques and procedures.
2. Prefers working knowledge of modern environmental control systems, facilities, techniques and
3. Prefers working knowledge of state laws, rules and regulations as pertaining to environmental protection
or pollution abatement.
4. Prefers at least one (1) year experience in preparing comprehensive, technical and scientific reports of
field investigations and/or inspections.
5. Prefers ability to analyze and interpret the scientific data of plans for facilities, installations and equipment.
6. Prefers ability to establish and maintain working relationships with municipal officials, facility operators
and owners, plant managers, or their representatives.
7. Prefers ability to interpret pertinent state laws, rules, regulations, policies or procedures of the agency to
individuals and municipal bodies.
8. Prefers 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. Prefers at least one (1) year experience in utilizing a personal computer with knowledge of Microsoft
Word, Access, Excel, presentation software, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and statistical
analysis packages.
10. Prefers at least one (1) year of 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.

Work Hours:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday  
Work Location: 2309 W Main St Marion, IL 62959-1187  
Agency Contact: 

Joe Mercier

Email: joseph.mercier@illinois.gov

Phone #:217-785-2361

Posting Group:  Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics  


This position DOES 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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