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Date:  Jul 8, 2024

Springfield, IL, US, 62702

Job Requisition ID:  39573

 Agency :  Environmental Protection Agency 
Closing Date/Time: 07/22/2024 
Salary:   Anticipated Starting Salary $4,412 monthly; Full Range $4,412 - $5,991 monthly.  
Job Type:   Salaried 
County:   Sangamon  
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 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  39573


Life Sciences Career Trainee (UMP)

(For informational purposes only: Targeted title- Environmental Protection Specialist I Req # 38300)


***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*


Position Overview

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Land (BOL), Materials Management and Compliance Section, within Materials Management Unit is seeking a Life Science Career Trainee (Option E). The ideal candidate will participate in the agency sponsored training program for a six to twelve months duration.  This trainee position receives working assignments designed to develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills consonant with various professional life sciences career disciplines within the Materials Management and Compliance Section.  As a LSCT, you will receive controlled assignments in a broad range of departmental activities with increasing difficulty and responsibility.

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

30% 1. Receives training for a period of six to twelve months duration to gain knowledge in and assist with conducting routine technical and scientific activities, in the Bureau of Land (BOL), Materials Management and Compliance Section (MMCS), within Materials Management Unit. 


  • Reviews plans, applications, fell collection, and registration documents prepared and submitted in accordance with applicable state and federal laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. 
  • Participates in battery collections, electronics recycling, household hazardous waste events, composting, and other materials management/ extended producer responsibility programs.
  • Monitors manufacturer plans and collection activities for compliance with applicable state and federal law. 
  • In consultation with MMCS and BOL staff, develops statewide analysis of the effectiveness of the Illinois EPA-supported and regulated materials management programs. 
  • Travels in performance of duties.

Essential Functions-Continued

25% 2. Receives training to gain knowledge in and assists in compiling a thorough collection of manufacturers, recyclers, collectors, and re-furbisher data/results for materials management programs administered or overseen by MMCS.

  • Utilizes databases/spreadsheets to produce routine reports, graphs, charts, letters, memos, and statistics to document and support MMCS activities. 

Essential Functions-Continued

20% 3. Receives training and assists in reviewing program participation applications, processing of program budgets, payment requests, vouchers, and agreements.


  • Preparing routine technical and scientific documentation related to materials management programs.
  • Receives training and assists in tracking routine technical and scientific performance metrics related to materials management programs administered or overseen by MMCS.

Essential Functions-Continued

10% 4. Receives training to gain knowledge and assist in interpreting state and federal laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and Agency program/policies related to materials management programs administered or overseen by MMCS.

Essential Functions-Continued

05% 5. Receives training to assist higher level specialists in responding to facility owners and operators, the general public, governmental agencies, and others outside the Agency on related environmental matters.

  • Filing documentation of assistance provided.

Essential Functions-Continued

05% 6. Attends, observes, and participates in staff meetings, conferences, seminars, and trainings.

  • Gains knowledge and receives training in emerging waste reduction/recycling/collection and materials management program techniques, applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.  

Essential Functions-Continued

05% 7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires a bachelor’s degree in some field of the life sciences. 
  2. This class is included as an Upward mobility Program credential title.

Preferred Qualifications (In Order of Significance)

  1. Prefers ability to prepare comprehensive written and oral reports.
  2. Prefers ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions. 
  3. Prefers ability to profit from training received in the designated area of state government.
  4. Prefers ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other employees and agency representatives.
  5. Prefers ability to utilize a computer with knowledge of Microsoft Office software.

Employment Conditions

  1. Requires a valid and current appropriate drivers’ license.
  2. Requires the ability to travel in performance of duties, with overnight stays as appropriate.
  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 ability to attend seminars, conference, and trainings to stay current on methods, tools, ideologies, or other industry related topics to the job duties.
  5. 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 North Grand Avenue East, Springfield, IL 62702  
Agency Contact: 

Joe Mercier


Phone #:217-785-2361

Posting Group:  Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics  


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).


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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