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Date:  Jun 5, 2024

Springfield, IL, US, 62702-4956

Job Requisition ID:  38666

 Agency :  Environmental Protection Agency 
Closing Date/Time: 06/20/2024 
Salary:   Anticipated Starting Salary (Effective 7/1/24) $3,467 monthly; Full Range $3,467 - $4,416 monthly.  
Job Type:   Salaried 
County:   Sangamon  
Number of Vacancies:   2  
Plan/BU: RC028   


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 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 38666

***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), Division of Laboratories, Bench Analysis and Support Unit, Springfield Combined Laboratory is seeking to hire a Laboratory Assistant. The ideal candidate for this position will be organized, detailed, and possess the ability to adapt to change in a collaborative, fast paced environment. The ideal candidate 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 Function 1

35% 1. Accepts environmental samples into the laboratory and performs required actions.
•Intakes samples into the laboratory in a timely manner
•Performs all required preservation checks, including pH and temperature
•Reviews and records required information on the chain of custody forms, in the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and in logbooks as appropriate
•Acidifies samples as required utilizing safe lab techniques including proper PersonalProtective Equipment (PPE)
•Unloads samples and transports them utilizing the appropriate method of transport to designated storage locations or the extraction area for processing.

Essential Function 2

25% 2. Prepares and packs sample kits for shipment to sample collectors.
•Prepares blank water samples to be shipped with sample kits
•Packs and ships sample kits according to schedules with accuracy.
•Maintain packing material inventory and requests supplies as required.
•Packs and lifts vials and bottles in boxes and 48-quart coolers that weigh up to 50pounds for shipment.
•Performs safe handling procedures involving hazardous materials, such as acid preservatives.
• Maintains written and computerized records to track sample mailers and coolers from the time they are dispatched from the laboratory until their return.
• Updates records and ensures availability to Unit Manager/working Supervisor and Agency bureaus and divisions staff.

Essential Function 3

15% 3. Performs routine checks of support equipment.
• Daily checks and records readings of the temperature of all sample storage devices (refrigerators and freezers)
• Updates records, and makes them available to the Unit Manager/working Supervisor and other Agency bureaus and divisions staff

Essential Function 4

10% 4. Maintains a clean and neat work area and provide clean laboratory glassware ready for use.
• Prepares bottles and laboratory glassware by washing/solvent-rinsing for use in trace analysis.
• Cleans equipment and bench tops.
• Prepares, and monitors laboratory reagent water.
• Cleans empty boxes and coolers, which will require standing for extended periods of time.
• Removes tape and labels from boxes.
• Washes glassware at laboratory sink.

Essential Function 5

10% 5. Travels to Regional Offices performing sample pick up and supply drops.
• Monthly performs scheduled trips to designated Regional Offices
• Delivers sample collection supplies
• Travels in performance of duties

Essential Function 6

5% 6. Performs other duties as required or assigned, which are reasonably within the scope of duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Education and experience equivalent to completion of high school.

Preferred Qualifications (In Order of Significance)

1. Prefers elementary knowledge of laboratory safety procedures.
2. Prefers ability to follow oral and written instructions.
3. Prefers ability to operate minor sample preparation equipment, or automatic glassware washers.

Employment Conditions

1. Requires a valid and current appropriate drivers’ license.

2. Requires the ability to travel, while driving agency supplied laboratory van as directed, adhering to the designated rules of the road.

3. Overtime is a condition of employment, and you may be requested or required/mandated to work overtime including scheduled, unscheduled, or last-minute overtime. This requires the ability to work evenings and weekends.

4. Requires the ability to lift sample coolers that weigh up to 50 pounds and distribute to designated locations within the Springfield Combined Laboratory.

5. Requires the ability to stand for extended periods of time.

6. Requires ability to pass a name-based background.

Work Hours:  8:30AM - 5:00PM Monday to Friday  
Work Location: 825 N Rutledge St, Springfield, Illinois, 62702-4956  
Agency Contact: 

Joseph Mercier


Phone #:217-785-2361

Posting Group:  Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics  


This position DOES NOT contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).


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.


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.


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