Life Sciences Career Trainee

  • Illinois EPA
  • Springfield, IL, USA
  • Dec 04, 2019
Internship- Paid Biology - Ecology Environmental Science - Engineering

Job Description

Description of Duties/Essential Functions

Under direct supervision of the Field Operation Section (FOS) Manager, Bureau of Land (BOL), participates in an Agency sponsored training program up to twelve months in duration, receiving training and work assignments designed to develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills consonant with various professional life sciences career disciplines with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency; receives controlled assignments in a broad range of beginning level professional duties related to coordinating routine technical and scientific duties including: quality assurance and quality control for inspection reports, preparation of statewide inspection work plans, tracking and reporting on status of grant Inspection obligations, coordinating database activities, and conducting inspections at waste management site; meets safety standards to comply with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120. Travels in performance of duties. 

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience: Requires a bachelor's degree in some field of the life sciences.
This class is included as an Upward Mobility Program credential title.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Requires ability to prepare comprehensive written and oral reports; requires ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; requires ability to profit from training received in the designated area of state government; requires ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other employees and agency representatives.
Specific Job Requirements: Requires ability to participate in the medical monitoring program, and requires ability to pass a physical examination, which is intended to determine whether a person can wear respiratory protection and function in high heat stress situations while wearing chemical protective clothing; requires ability to wear a respirator or other form of respiratory protection; requires ability to carry and utilize a self-contained breathing apparatus (weighing approximately 25 pounds). Requires ability to wear chemical resistant clothing in high heat stress situations while performing strenuous physical tasks (e.g. carrying equipment up a steep ravine at a temperature up to 100F); requires ability to lift heavy equipment (e.g. 45 pounds); requires ability of hiking, climbing, wading in streams or getting in/out of boats or swimming in emergency situations to get to sites (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-hour 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: 40-hour OSHA training. Requires sufficient dexterity to operate scientific sampling equipment. Requires ability to utilize a personal computer with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access software; requires a valid driver's license and the ability to travel.

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Job Level



Government- Local/Regional


Anticipated Starting Salary - $40,752/year