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Date:  Jun 7, 2024

Springfield, IL, US, 62702

Job Requisition ID:  38799

Agency :  Environmental Protection Agency 
Closing Date/Time: 06/25/2024
Salary:   Anticipated Starting Salary (Effective 7/1/24) $6,079 monthly; Full Range $6,079 - $6,952 monthly.  
Job Type:   Salaried
County:   Sangamon  
Number of Vacancies:   3  
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  38799

Environmental Protection Engineer I (UMP)


***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), Division of Water Pollution Control (WPC), Permit Section, Industrial Unit is seeking to hire an Environmental Protection Engineer I. The ideal candidate will perform a variety of closely supervised functions that are designed to provide a basic introduction to, and training in the explicit engineering programs of the unit. The ideal candidate will also assist a higher-level engineer in the investigation of the design, location, construction, maintenance, or inspection of subsystems of public and private facilities relating to water pollution and public water supply.


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 Functions

40%  1. Gain knowledge and training by working with higher lever staff in performance of a variety of routine engineering functions as necessary to support non-municipal wastewater permitting programs for the Industrial Unit, Industrial Sub-Unit, Permit Section, Division of Water Pollution Control, Bureau of Water;

  • Assists higher level staff in the timely review of routine National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit applications for industrial, and related storm water discharges
  • Preparing routine draft permits for signature
  • Analyzing permit application material including field reports, discharge monitoring reports, results of studies such as Section 316(a) and (b), receiving stream evaluations, and other available data
  • Analyzing regulated manufacturing processes
  • Reviewing and applying applicable State and Federal regulations
  • Following applicable Unit and Section policies and procedures for the issuance of permits with appropriate conditions

Essential Functions - Continued

  • Coordinating permit process workflow with Agency support staff
  • Utilizing available computer programs to draft permits, review notes, and track work progress
  • Drafting response letters to comments received, response summaries, and other correspondence
  • Compiling a complete and accurate record of the permit decision process


40%  2. Review state construction and operating permit applications, with the assistance of higher lever staff, for routine industrial treatment and pretreatment facilities, wastewater sources, land application of sludge, spray irrigation of industrial wastewaters, and CCR surface impoundments;

  • Preparing draft permits for signature
  • Analyzing permit applications, engineering plans, specifications, file material, regulated manufacturing and related processes
  • Reviewing and Appling applicable State and Federal regulations
  • Following applicable Unit and Section policies and procedures for the issuance of permits with appropriate conditions
  • Utilizing available computer programs to prepare permits, review notes, and track work progress
  • Preparing written review notes in compilation of Agency decision record


Essential Functions - Continued

10%  3. Observes higher level staff by participating in meetings, public hearings, and/or discussions with applicants, consulting engineers, other Agency staff, USEPA staff, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, other State and Federal Agencies or the public

  • Participates and observes public hearings, completion of responsiveness summaries, permit appeals, and enforcement actions
  • Travels in performance of duties


05%  4. Conducts reviews of applications for certification of industrial wastewater treatment plant operators;

  • Reviews applications for tax certification of industrial and/or agricultural pollution control facilities
  • Maintain records related to permit and pretreatment programs
  • Participate in professional development trainings
  • Tracks work assignments to ensure timely completion of assigned duties to meet Agency goals and commitments


05%  5. Performs other duties as assigned or required which are reasonable 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 ability to utilize a personal computer with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access software.
  2. Prefers ability to prepare complete and accurate permits, correspondence, and engineering review notes.
  3. Prefers ability to establish and maintain oral communication and working relationships with municipal officials, facility operators and owners, plant managers or their representatives, other State and Federal Agencies and the public.

Conditions of Employment

1. Requires a current and 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: 1021 North Grand Avenue East, Springfield, IL 62702  
Agency Contact: 

Chris Steinkruger

Email: Christopher.E.Steinkruger@Illinois.gov

Phone #:217-558-1256

Posting Group: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; 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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