[ES_JOBS_NET] Assistant Scientist, Environmental Geologist, Illinois State Geological Survey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Christine Wiedinmyer christine.wiedinmyer.ucar at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 17:12:38 MST 2018



Job Details


Assistant Scientist, Environmental Geologist

 Illinois State Geological Survey

Prairie Research Institute

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The 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.
<http://www.isgs.illinois.edu/> ISGS is part of the
<http://www.prairie.illinois.edu/> 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
<https://go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs> go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs.


The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are
encouraged to apply. For more information, visit
<http://go.illinois.edu/EEO> http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about
the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit


ISGS is seeking to hire an Assistant Scientist, Environmental Geologist (up
to two, depending on applicant pool and programmatic need) to contribute to
and lead sponsored research on environmental assessments. The assessments
will involve evaluating potential environmental and geologic 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 assess each project’s needs, plan the agency’s
short-term and long-term needs, assist in land acquisition decisions, and
promote awareness of natural and man-made hazards that may affect the
project and its construction.  Position will be based in Savoy, Lisle, or
Carterville, Illinois.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

·        Obtain, research, and analyze geological maps, regulatory files,
site-specific historical data, and environmental data.

·        Conduct and direct statewide on-site field research as well as
interviews with representatives of industry, government agencies, and
landowners.  Fieldwork will occur in both rural and urban settings, some of
which may be under adverse conditions (e.g. inclement weather, remoteness,
site security concerns, moderate physical exertion, heavy traffic, and
potentially unknown hazardous materials), and will include overnight travel
for up to one work week at a time.

·        Ensure the safety of staff and equipment.

·        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

·        Provide technical information to government agencies.

·        Participate in other geologic/environmental research and

·        Advise Section Head in strategic program planning, resource
allocation and implementation of programs.

·        Advise on budget and program expenditures.

·        Evaluate contract program standards and methodology, recommend
program improvements, and perform quality assurance/quality control through
report review.

·        Supervise and lead staff to achieve success and foster a culture of
innovation and high-level performance at both individual and organizational
levels. For direct reporting staff, this also includes task assignment,
scheduling, ongoing performance monitoring and evaluation, career/position
mentoring, and leave/travel approval.

·        Respond to requests for information by to staff, government
agencies, academic, industry and the general public with technical
expertise; includes written memoranda, reports, presentations, conversations
over the phone and field work.

·        Participate in outreach and service events.

·        Participate in professional organizations.

·        Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.

·        Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and
goals of PRI.


Required 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.  5 years of experience in the geosciences or environmental
sciences.  Experience in conducting preliminary environmental site
assessments. Experience evaluating potential environmental hazards and
risks. Experience performing fieldwork. Supervisory and/or team leadership
experience.  Experience interpreting maps. Ability to accurately collect,
analyze, and interpret data from various information sources. Complex
problem solving and decision making skills. Ability to organize and execute
complex projects and meet deadlines. Effective communication, personal
relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills.
Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills.
Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases.  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 Qualifications:  Master’s degree in the geosciences or
environmental sciences with at least three years’ experience.  Alternate
degree fields will be considered /accepted depending on the nature and depth
of the experience as it relates to this position. 


This is a full-time, academic professional, grant supported, 12-month
position subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic
need. The starting date is negotiable and the salary is commensurate with


Applications must be received by December 11, 2018.Applicants may be
interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be
made until after this date.  To apply, please visit
https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board to complete an online profile
and to upload 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 résumé/CV, and 3)
the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three
professional references. All requested information/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  <mailto:lwalston at illinois.edu>
lwalston at illinois.edu or 217-244-2401.  The University of Illinois conducts
criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a
contingent offer.



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