Team Leader - Illinois State Geological Survey (A1700127)

Champaign, IL
Mar 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Team Leader
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, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, 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. The 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. PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology, and archaeology. PRI's mission is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois.

The ISGS is seeking to hire a Team Leader to develop, lead, and participate in research and service activities of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) infrastructure improvement program. Position will be based in either Savoy, Lisle, or Carterville.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Implement and review planned service activities. Assign and track projects. Perform quality assurance/quality control through report reviewing. In collaboration with the other team leaders, analyze expenditures, plan for future expenditures, and make recommendations to the Section Head and Assistant Section Head regarding future budgeting, staffing, and strategic planning needs. Serve as the chair of or as a member of search committees to hire new members of the section. Train new members of the section in how to conduct the work required by the contract. Direct the performances of team's staff members. Provide counsel and guidance to staff to promote their development and training. Conduct staff performance evaluations and develop work plans. Make recommendations on staff's disciplinary actions. Collect, review, and evaluate geological maps, regulatory files, as well as site-specific historical and environmental data. Conduct statewide on-site field investigations of a single property or up to hundreds of properties across many miles of existing or future highways to determine potential environmental and geologic hazards and risks related to environmental site assessments. Results of the field investigations are used by the Illinois Department of Transportation to assess each project's needs, plan the agency's short-term and long-term needs, assist in land acquisition decisions, and mitigate natural and man-made hazards that may affect the project and its construction. Discuss with representatives of industry, government agencies, and landowners the former and current usage of land being investigated. Analyze the collected 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. Prepare, review, and edit contract/grant proposals. Prepare reports and presentations. Travel, including up to a work week of consecutive nights of overnight travel, to conduct field investigations, some of which may be under less than ideal conditions (inclement weather, remoteness, site security concerns, moderate physical exertion, heavy traffic). Ensure team's compliance with the IDOT property assessment program health and safety plan. Work in areas of potentially unknown hazardous materials.


Required: Bachelor's degree in geology, environmental science, engineering geology, civil or environmental engineering, physical geography, or related discipline. At least 5 years of geosciences and/or environmental sciences experience. Must have experience conducting preliminary environmental site assessments, interpreting maps, and accurately collecting, analyzing, and interpreting scientific data from various information sources. Experience evaluating potential environmental hazards and risks. Ability to write comprehensive reports and presentations. Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, and graphics software. Ability to be an advocate on behalf of the program's staff and management team. Strong interpersonal skills to develop good working relationships. Ability and willingness to effectively lead and contribute as part of a team. Ability to recognize conflict and facilitate conflict resolution. Ability to maintain confidential records and confidentiality. Ability to prioritize, organize, and handle heavy workloads with multiple deadlines. Demonstrated problem solving skills. Ability to use sound judgment in decision-making. Must have a valid driver's license. Must possess or acquire 40-hour OSHA hazardous waste site worker training, followed by 8-hour annual refresher training, and undergo annual physical examinations as part of the medical monitoring program for hazardous waste site workers.

Preferred: Master's degree in geology, environmental science, engineering geology, civil or environmental engineering, physical geography, or related discipline. Supervisory experience.

This is a regular full-time contract-funded academic professional position subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience. Applications must be received by March 20, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date. To apply, please visit 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 resume/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, Illinois State Geological Survey/Prairie Research Institute, at or 217-244-2401. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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 To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

Organization Name: IL State Geological Survey
College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Open Date: 03/06/2017
Close Date: 03/20/2017


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