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Life Science Career Trainee

Under direct supervision of the Des Plaines Region Manager, Field Operation Section, in the Bureau of Land (BOL), participates in the Agency sponsored training program up to twelve months duration, receiving beginning level training to perform field activities of a routine and scientific nature that include inspections, sampling and monitoring of potential pollution sources related to Land Pollution programs; and receives training drawing conclusions that lead to preliminary recommendations for enforcement actions or for approval or denial of proposed cleanup activities.

Education & Experience:  Requires a bachelor's degree in a 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 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.ten 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, 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 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 when driving to sites for ability to travel with occasional overnight stays.