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Date:  Jun 4, 2024

Springfield, IL, US, 62702

Job Requisition ID:  38630

 Agency :  Environmental Protection Agency 
Closing Date/Time: 06/20/2024 
Salary:   Anticipated Starting Salary (Effective 7/1/24) $4,952 monthly; Full Range $4,952 - $6,952 monthly.  
Job Type:   Salaried 
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  38630 

Environmental Protection Geologist I



***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), Deputy Bureau Chief/Bureau of Land (BOL), Permit Section, Groundwater Hazardous Waste Unit is seeking Geologist 1 candidates to learn and develop the skills and knowledge required to perform variety of closely supervised geologic and hydrogeologic analysis pertaining to permit review of Groundwater Systems for the Bureau in accordance with regulations pertaining to Groundwater including but not limited to, 35 IAC, Subtitle F, Part 620 and 35 IAC, Subtitle G rules. The ideal candidates for these positions will be organized, detailed, and possess the ability to adapt to change in a collaborative, fast paced environment. The ideal candidates will also need to be able to communicate effectively verbally, electronically and in writing with both internal and external stakeholders.


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

35%  1.Observes and participates in training to develop expertise in geologic and hydrogeologic analysis pertaining to permit review of Groundwater Systems at Hazardous/Non-Hazardous Waste facilities for the Bureau of Land (BOL), Permit Section, in accordance with regulations pertaining to Groundwater including but not limited to, 35 IAC, Subtitle F, Part 620 and 35 IAC, Subtitle G rules;

  • Assists higher level geologists in evaluating geologic and hydrogeologic data to characterize site conditions at project facilities
  • Performs the identification, evaluation, and development of groundwater monitoring systems under senior geologist guidance
  • Assists with permit/project reviews under applicable State and Federal laws, rules/regulations, policies/procedures
  • Collaborates in the evaluation of groundwater systems at Hazardous waste facilities


30%  2. Assists with the development of technical reports incorporating geologic and hydrogeologic data, under the guidance of a higher level geologist(s).

  • Develops expertise in the process of making determinations of groundwater monitoring systems by using geologic principles and interpreting geologic data
  • Trains in computer modeling techniques utilized in evaluating hydrogeology/contaminant transport and groundwater chemistry
  • Utilizes a personal computer to generate reports

Essential Functions - Continued

20%  3. Receives training, attends, observes, participates in meetings, training, and continuing education;

  • Develops and expands professional knowledge in geology, hydrogeology, groundwater monitoring, and applicable State and Federal laws, rules/regulations, policies/procedures including 35 IAC, Subtitle G implementation, and Agency procedures utilized in evaluating groundwater systems at hazardous/non-hazardous waste facilities
  • Complies with the safety requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 (24 hour OSHA HAZWOPER training)


10%  4. Observes. higher level staff and participates in the interpretation and evaluation of the groundwater permit application processes;

  • Attends, observes, and participates in meetings/site visits with Agency professional staff, owners and/or operators of hazardous/solid non-hazardous waste facilities, or the public
  • Travels in performance of duties

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

Minimum Qualifications

1. Requires knowledge, skill, and mental development equivalent to completion of four years college with a degree in geology, including at least one course in groundwater geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, soil physics, and/or soil chemistry

Requires no previous career experience.

Preferred Qualifications (In Order of Significance)

  1. Prefers elementary knowledge of natural geologic processes (methods), procedures, and techniques.
  2. Prefers ability to prepare comprehensive written and oral reports.
  3. Prefers ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  4. Prefers ability to profit from training received in the area of geologic investigations.
  5. Prefers coursework (12 - 16 semester credit hours) in groundwater geology, hydrogeology, soil physics, and/or soil chemistry.
  6. Prefers the ability to utilize a personal computer with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access software

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires a valid driver's license
  2. Requires the ability to travel
  3. Requires ability to pass a name based background check
  4. As required by OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120, this position will be required to take (within 90 days of employment) and maintain working knowledge of (8 hr. annual refresher) and/or certification to ensure position is up to date with laws, rules, and regulations to maintain compliance with IL Department of Labor Occupational Safety Regulations:24 hour OSHA Training.

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 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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