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Life Science Career Trainee - Opt E

Under direct supervision of the Unit Manager, Federal Site Remediation Section, Bureau of Land (BOL), participates in an Agency sponsored training program up to twelve months' duration, receiving work assignments designed to develop knowledge, understanding, and practical skills consistent with various professional life sciences career disciplines with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Receives training, observes, and participates in a broad range of beginning level professional duties including: routine scientific reviews of Superfund Sites/Federal Facilities; proper application of all applicable laws, statutes, rules/regulations, policies/procedures, and established environmental project goals; preparation of routine scientific Scopes of Work (SOW), work plans and cost estimates for Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) investigations, feasibility studies, decision documents, design and construction projects; routine review and procurement of engineering/construction contracts; routine on-site inspections and collection of environmental samples for quality assurance/control and enforcement purposes, meets safety standards to comply with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120; negotiation of enforcement orders for Remedial Investigation (RI), Feasibility Study (FS), Remedial Design (RD), and Remedial Action (RA) activities. Attends and observes legal hearings and public information activities; attends and participates in staff meetings. Travels in performance of duties.

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

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.