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Date:  Nov 17, 2023

Springfield, IL, US, 62702

Job Requisition ID:  32634

Agency :  Environmental Protection Agency 
Closing Date/Time: 12/05/2023
Salary:   Anticipated Starting Salary $5,702.00/Month, CBA Language Applies-Full Range $5,702-$6,522 Monthly  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Sangamon  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
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 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 32634


***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 (IEPA), Bureau of Air (BOA), Air Pollution Control, Permit Section, State Permits and FESOPs Open Burn Unit is seeking to hire an Environmental Protection Engineer I.  This position performs a variety of closely supervised functions that are designed to provide a basic introduction to, and training in the permitting of open burning operations.  In addition, this position will assist other staff in the BOA in the investigation, inspection and monitoring of various facilities which influence environmental quality in the State Permits and FESOPs program.

The benefits of working at the IEPA 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

40% 1. Receives training and guidance in performing supervised engineering functions pertaining to the Open Burning Permit Program for the Bureau of Air (BOA), Air Pollution Control (APC), Permit Section, State Permits and Federally Enforceable State Operating Permits (FESOPs) Unit. 

  • Assists higher level staff in reviewing and issuing open burn permit applications.   

  • Utilizes standard engineering procedures, State and Federal rules and regulations and Agency policies to determine compliance of applications. 

  • Receives guidance and training to gain knowledge in making recommendations to applicants for permit application processing. 

  • Travels in performance of duties.  

(Job Responsibilities continued)

35%  2. Receives training and guidance in the review and analysis of Open Burning Permit applications.

  • Analyzes Open Burning permit applications for compliance with all the requirements established under 35 Illinois Administrative Code, Part 237.
  • Collaborates with Agency personnel as needed during the permit review process.
  • Discusses with applicants, regulations, and issues relevant to Open Burning Permit applications.
  • Reviews air curtain destructor permit applications.
  • Recommends grant or denial of permits to the State Permits & FESOPs Unit Manager.




(Job Responsibilities continued)

10% 3. Participates and observes higher level staff in meetings with permit applicants and/or their representatives, the public, Agency, Bureau/Division/Section/Unit staff and government representatives regarding the Bureau of Air programs. 

  • Assists in implementing and evaluating programs to determine effectiveness or areas of opportunity. 

  • Gains working knowledge from higher level staff on how to perform reviews and respond to inquiries explaining Bureau of Air program policies and regulations. 

  • Reviews Agricultural Chemical endorsements for commercial facilities.  

  • Assists in rule development on open burning regulations implemented by the Agency.  

05 % 4. Analyzes permit applications and tax certifications for purposes of evaluation of regulatory and program applicability and need for additional technical review based on established administrative criteria and procedures.

(Job Responsibilities continued)

05% 5. Participates in special projects concerning open burning permitting policies and procedures.

  • Provides information and feedback to management staff on findings.

05% 6. 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, electrical, 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 make mathematical computations and calculations.
  2. Prefers the ability to understand, interpret and apply state and federal rules, regulations, etc.
  3. Prefers the ability to plan, schedule and prioritize daily work.
  4. Prefers the ability to utilize a personal computer with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel software.

Conditions of Employment

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

*The condition of employment listed here are incorporated and related to any of the job duties as listed in the job description.

Work Hours:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday  
Work Location: 1021 E North Grand Ave Springfield, IL 62702-4059  
Agency Contact:

Joe Mercier

Email: Joseph.Mercier@Illinois.gov

Phone #:217-785-2361

Job Family:  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).


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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