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Life Science Career Trainee - Opt E

Under the direction of the Unit Manager, participates in an Agency sponsored program of not more than 12 months to receive the training necessary to conduct environmental site investigations that are routine and scientific in nature and often concern environmental contaminants and their impact on human health and the environment. Receives controlled assignments, including Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) site assessments, municipal Brownfield redevelopment assessments, and usage of various field based environmental site characterization technologies.

Education & Experience: Requires a Bachelor's degree in some field of the life sciences. This class is included as an Upward Mobility Program credential title.

Specific Job Requirements: Requires ability to participate in medical monitoring program with 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; capable of wearing an air purifying respirator for a long period of time (e.g. 10 hours with only short 15 minute breaks); carry and utilize a self-contained breathing apparatus (weighing approximately 25 pounds). In addition to wearing respiratory protection mentioned above, must be able 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 of 100F); to lift heavy equipment (e.g. 45 pounds); hearing and eye sight must be good or correctable in order to respond to emergency field conditions; must have a valid Illinois driver's license for travel when driving to site facilities that have occasional overnight stays.