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Visiting Scientific Specialist, Environmental Assessments Researcher-IL State Geological Survey

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, 61820
Laboratory and Research
Visiting Scientific Specialist, Environmental Assessments
Illinois State Geological Survey
Prairie Research Institute                                                                                                                                                                            
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is a premier state geological survey
serving the needs of the public, government, and industry with earth science
information and research relevant to natural resources, environmental quality,
economic vitality, and public safety. ISGS is part of the Prairie Research
Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is
centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.  Learn more at

ISGS is seeking to hire a Visiting Scientific Specialist,
Environmental Assessments Researcher
(up to 3 depending on applicant pool
and programmatic need) to perform sponsored research on environmental
assessments.  The
assessments will involve evaluating potential environmental hazards and risks
for Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) infrastructure improvement
projects. IDOT's infrastructure projects range in size and can involve anything
from a single property to hundreds of properties across many miles of existing
or future highways.  IDOT uses the assessments completed by ISGS to
protect workers and public safety, to reduce IDOT's liability, and to minimize
delays by operating in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  May 2024
graduates are welcome to apply.  Position is based in Savoy, Illinois.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Interpret, analyze, and summarize
the collected geologic and environmental data and information pertaining to
potential environmental and geologic hazards and risks related to environmental
site assessments.
Prepare comprehensive technical reports detailing the
findings of the assessments, site-specific historical information, and
regulatory information.
Provide technical information to government agencies.
Participate in other geologic/environmental research and
Obtain, research, and analyze geological maps, regulatory
files, site-specific historical data, and environmental data.
Conduct statewide on-site field research as well as
interviews with representatives of industry, government agencies, and
Ensure the safety of staff and equipment.
Participate in outreach and service events.
Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.
Perform other duties as needed in order to further the
mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, and University.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's
degree in the geosciences or environmental sciences. Alternate degree fields
will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience
as it relates to this position. Background in the geosciences or environmental
sciences with experience performing fieldwork. Ability to adhere to the IDOT
property assessment program health and safety plan, which includes having or
acquiring 40-hour OSHA hazardous waste site worker training, followed by 8-hour
annual refresher training, and undergoing annual physical examinations as part
of the medical monitoring program for hazardous waste site workers. Valid
driver's license.  Preferred
: Master's degree in the geosciences or environmental
sciences. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the
nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  Ability
to interpret maps. Ability to accurately collect, analyze, and interpret data
from various information sources. Ability to evaluate potential environmental
hazards and risks. Ability to write comprehensive technical reports. Ability to
prioritize, organize, and handle heavy workloads with multiple deadlines.
Ability to use sound judgment in decision-making. Effective communication,
personal relations, collaboration, organizational, and teamwork skills.
Proficiency in commonly employed software and databases.

Work Environment: Fieldwork
will require working in adverse conditions (inclement weather, biting insects,
remoteness, sites with security concerns, heavy traffic) and traveling up to
30% of the time (including driving to and from research sites) throughout the
state of Illinois in both rural and urban settings. Will require overnight
travel for up to one work week at a time. Will require operating, lifting, and
manipulating field equipment and other items over uneven terrain weighing up to
25 pounds.

: This is a full-time visiting academic professional appointment.  Position may become a regular, non-visiting
position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. The
starting date is negotiable and the salary is commensurate with experience.  The minimum starting salary is $53,000.

Benefits:  The University of Illinois offers a wide
variety of benefits, including paid
leave and holidays

Procedure and Deadline Information:
must be received by 6:00 p.m. Central on April 12, 2024 (extended).   Interviews
and hiring may be conducted before the closing date due to this being a
multi-hire search.   To apply, please use
the Apply Now button. Applications not submitted through will not be
considered.  Application materials must
include a 1) a cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications
and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address
the qualifications listed above, 2) a CV or resume, and 3) the names and
contact information including e-mail addresses of three professional (not
personal) references. All requested information and documentation must be
submitted for applications to be considered.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further
information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Prairie
Research Institute, at or 217-244-2401.  For questions regarding the application
process, including technical issues, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1023029

Job Category: Research

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