Illinois Sustainable Technology Center - University of Illinois

Employment Opportunities

ISTC currently has the following open positions:


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
SUSTAINABILITY TECHNICIAN – Academic Hourly
LOCATED IN CHICAGOLAND AREA

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: elhanson@illinois.edu. (Reference SUSTAINABILITY SPECIALIST in subject line). For further information please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 217-333-6897, elhanson@illinois.edu.  For technical questions, please contact: Deb Jacobson, Senior Operations Manager, at djacobso@illinois.edu.

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. (inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
VISITING ASSOCIATE SUSTAINABILITY SPECIALIST
POSITION LOCATED IN OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS

The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is 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 archeology.

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 integratesapplied 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.

Primary Position Function/Summary: Support the primary functions of the Illinois Sustainability Technology Center's (ISTC) Technical Assistance Program by working directly with Illinois companies and communities to provide technical assistance in identifying opportunities and implementing solutions to improve efficiency associated with materials, processes, water and wastewater, and energy utilization.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Work with businesses, municipalities, and state and federal agencies to promote the implementation of sustainable practices, affecting their triple bottom-line (people, planet, profit). Identify and secure clients needing technical assistance services provided within the Illinois businesses, government, and not-for-profit complex, including ISTC’s current network of clients, consultants, vendors, local/state/federal agencies, and private environmental and/or sustainability organizations. Conduct on-site pollution prevention assessments independently and in conjunction with representatives from ISTC and partner agencies. Identify material optimization, water conservation, energy efficiency and waste minimization opportunities within client facilities. Develop business cases for implementation of sustainable practices. Assist clients with facilitation and implementation of ISTC-recommended opportunities. Participate in pilot scale projects for innovative processes in the area of industrial and municipal solid waste reuse, reduction, recycling and waste to energy methods. Collect, process, and analyze data from these activities for the purposes of identifying suitable technologies for introduction to U of I organizations and Illinois companies. Collaborate with U of I and industry to transfer the technology and knowledge to other clients and the research industry. Make technical presentations to clients and at professional events/conferences regarding ISTC services and/or research results. Prepare and disseminate technical reports and publications to be published in professional journals, newsletters, peer-reviewed journals, etc. Collect, compile and report environmental outcomes and project outputs. Contribute to project reports for funding sponsors. Work jointly with a number of varied constituencies while observing standards of professional conduct. Must be willing and able to travel intermittently. Contribute to the overall mission of the Center.

Position requirements:
Education: Required: Bachelor's degree in engineering, business, economics, environmental or related discipline. Alternate degree fields will be accepted/considered based upon the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.

Experience: Required: A minimum of 5 years’ applicable experience working in business or industrial environment.

Training, Licenses or Certifications: Required: Must possess a valid driver’s license and access to transportation. Must be a U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the state of Illinois.

Knowledge Requirements:
Required: Familiarity with Illinois businesses and industries. Must be motivated and eager to learn new skills, particularly about manufacturing and industrial systems particularly related to sustainability, energy efficiency, and process improvement with partners, clients and customers under difficult and demanding situations. Must possess awareness of the impact of current and potential regulations on industrial processes. Must have basic knowledge of safe work practices. Effective communication, technical writing, organizational, personal relations, teamwork, and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability to work in a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of limited resources and multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision and as a self-starter. Possess an attention to detail. Excellent computer and data management skills, including knowledge of current software.

Preferred: Demonstrated knowledge of industrial processes and process economics. Experience in helping develop projects that lead to contracts. Experience in understanding, identifying, and satisfying customer needs.

Salary & Benefits: Range: $47,500 - $51,000 commensurate with experience and education. Generous vacation and sick leave. State Universities Retirement System. Group health, dental, vision and life insurance. This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional position, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. Start date is somewhat negotiable, but preferred date is on or about December 1, 2016.

To apply: Applications must be received by October 28, 2016. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a cover letter detailing qualifications and skills, curriculum vitae or resume’, proof of degree status, working e-mail address, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete information will not be reviewed. Applications may be reviewed prior to closing. For further information please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 217-333-6897, elhanson@illinois.edu. For technical questions, please Debra Jacobson at djacobso@illinois.edu.

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. (inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Classification: Student Hourly (3 positions available)

Employer: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Prairie Research Institute (PRI), University of Illinois

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. ISTC interfaces between Illinois’ natural resources and industry.

Job Description: Position is for 20 hours of research-related work per week. It would involve treatment of water and wastewater for removal of specific constituents. The student will work on pilot scale units in the Pilot lab/general lab area.

Salary: $12/hr

Available: Spring 2017

REQUIREMENTS: Lab experience in chemical, environmental or chemistry is required. Senior/junior undergraduates or M.S. students in Environmental, Chemical, Mechanical Engineering or Chemistry departments are encouraged to apply, but any student meeting the qualifications may apply. Must be an enrolled student of the University of Illinois.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and names and email addresses of three references to: elhanson@illinois.edu. Please reference "GANGULY TECH" in the subject line of your email. Applications must be received no later than January 15, 2017.

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, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Job Classification: Lab Assistant - Cleaning / Maintenance

Employer: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Prairie Research Institute (PRI), University of Illinois

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. ISTC interfaces between Illinois’ natural resources and industry.

Job Description: Provide glassware cleaning support for laboratory operations. Also responsible for washing laboratory coats, safety glasses cleaning, lab housekeeping, and autoclave validations. Additional tasks include sample preparations, wet chemical analysis (pH, conductivity, titrations, etc), and instrument analysis on an as needed basis. Provide support for process development and toxicity testing.

Salary: $12/hr

Available: Begin 1/8/2017 - With No End Date; 20 hours per week flexible work schedule.

Federal Work Study: Preferred

REQUIREMENTS: Lab experience in chemical, environmental or chemistry is required. Candidate must demonstrate attention to detail and a strong sense of how to perform tasks safely in a lab environment. Undergraduates or M.S. students in Environmental, Chemical, Mechanical Engineering or Chemistry departments are encouraged to apply, but any student meeting the qualifications may apply. Must be an enrolled student of the University of Illinois.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and names and email addresses of three references to: elhanson@illinois.edu. Please reference "SCOTT LAB TECH" in the subject line of your email. Applications must be received no later than December 2, 2016.

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, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
STUDENT HOURLY (2 POSITIONS AVAILABLE)

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.

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. Location will be Illini Gadget Garage (INHS SB3, 1833 Oak Street) and various locations in campus & community (for pop-up clinics).

Project description/ Duties & Responsibilities: During Gadget Garage open hours, be present at physical location to assist patrons with troubleshooting and repair of small electronics & appliances. Maintain appropriate records associated with repair & troubleshooting (e.g. contact info/waivers from clients, weight of items diverted from landfill through repair or recycling referral; # of items worked on, # of clients served, # of email questions answered, etc.) for grant reporting purposes. Work with project coordinator to assist with recruitment, training, & supervision of volunteers. Assist with scheduling and manning pop-up repair clinics. Assist with project marketing (e.g. attending campus events, preparing print materials, writing content for web site, social media posts, talking to student organizations, etc.). Assist with planning and delivery of workshops. Assist with other special recycling/repair education and outreach projects to be determined.

Requirements: Must be a student in good standing currently enrolled at UIUC, preferably a graduate student, although reliable, well-qualified undergraduates may also be considered. Excellent verbal and written communications skills, and ability to work with members of the public from a variety of backgrounds in a mature, professional manner. Good online researching and problem solving skills. Desire to learn new skills and ability to learn quickly a must. Some experience with technology/tinkering/repair strongly preferred, but not necessarily required. Student will preferably be enrolled in ACES, LAS, Engineering, or the iSchool, but candidates from any discipline will be considered based on other qualifications. Knowledge of sustainability issues, especially as they relate to consumption and product stewardship preferred but not required. Prior experience in working with the public preferred, but not required.

Salary: $18.00/hr, 10 to 20 hours per week

Application: For full consideration, applications should be received by 12/5/16, but job will remain posted until filled.

Electronic applications required. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and names and contact information of three references to: elhanson@illinois.edu. (Reference GADGET GARAGE in subject line). For further information please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 217-333-6897, elhanson@illinois.edu.  For technical questions, please contact: Joy Scrogum at jscrogum@illinois.edu.

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, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).


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