Illinois Sustainable Technology Center - University of Illinois

Employment Opportunities

ISTC currently has the following open positions:


The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses 5 large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology. This position will be located in the Chicagoland area.

Our Mission is to encourage and assist citizens, businesses, and government agencies to prevent pollution, conserve natural resources, and reduce waste to protect human health and the environment of Illinois and beyond.

ISTC integrates applied research, technical assistance, and information services to advance efforts in the areas of pollution prevention; water and energy conservation; and materials recycling and beneficial reuse.
This is an hourly grant supported position dependent funding availability.  Estimated starting date is negotiable. 

Project description: This position will primarily support others who work with companies, including the commercial and industrial/manufacturing industry, to evaluate and identify opportunities to improve their sustainability, and to support and document their actual implementation of sustainability activities associated with materials, processes, water and waste water, energy utilization, waste minimization and recycling.  Assist with development and oversight of solid waste prevention and water use minimization programs established by ISTC that assist companies and communities.  Particular focus will be on supporting and helping to develop relationships that result in consulting projects (contracts) with commercial and industrial clients. Identify trendsetter ideas, organizations, or technologies by researching industry and related events, publications, and announcements; tracking individual contributors and their accomplishments with the intent to expand ISTCs offered services and capacities.

Duties & Responsibilities: Assist with oversight and administration of the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards program.  This includes helping to expand the awareness of the award program.  Assist with supporting and promoting ISTC, particularly TAP initiatives and services, including the Green Office Challenge and the Zero Waste Program.  
The incumbent will assist with conducting analysis of sustainable practices of Governor Award applicants present and past; assist with developing relationships with applicants with the goal of ISTC Technical Assistance Engineers helping them address complex waste, recycling and sustainability issues.  The incumbent will work with ISTC clients to identify and promote their successful sustainable efforts to their peers by developing case studies, fact sheets, reports, and other material – both paper and electronic – to communicate and highlight sustainability efforts and practices, particularly focusing on the entities that ISTC has worked with previously; and identify opportunities for ISTC to help sustainability leaders achieve even greater success.

This position will work on other projects and activities as assigned. Some travel may be required.

Education:  Bachelor’s degree required in engineering, business, economics, environmental or related discipline.

Experience: Required: One year experience required, and must have an interest in working with commercial and industrial entities. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team; interest in learning about Illinois businesses and industries; excellent computer and data management skills; attention to detail. Must possess a valid driver’s license and access to transportation.
Preferred: Knowledge of current sustainability issues within private sector industrial and manufacturing such as energy efficiency, water consumption, waste reduction, and recycling; and environmental/compliance experience. Public speaking skills and experience working in government, commercial or industrial environment.

Salary:  Hourly Commensurate with experience and education

Benefits: Basic medical insurance provided.

Application: For full consideration, applications should be received by 10/21/16. Electronic applications required. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of three references to: (Reference SUSTAINABILITY SPECIALIST in subject line). For further information please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 217-333-6897,  For technical questions, please contact: Deb Jacobson, Senior Operations Manager, at

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance or a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

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