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Environmental Protection Specialist I - Community Relations

Under direct supervision of the Manager, Office of Community Relations (OCR), in the Associate Director's Office, IL Envir. Prot. Agency (IEPA). Attends and observes beginning level public participation and outreach duties of a routine and scientific nature associated with specific facilities or programs administered by the IEPA Bureaus/Divisions; observes interpretation of regulations, bureau/division programs, permit actions and environmental/health impacts to the public, applying risk communication techniques under review develops and prepares routine and scientific documents/reports utilizing a personal computer ana word processing and data management software, maintains information repositories and posts facility-specific documents to Agency web site. Under guidance identifies Agency/Bureau topics of public interest; develops documents, social media posts, meetings, and other public outreach activities to promote understanding of Agency programs. Assists in and participates at public hearings, public meetings, availability sessions, and group meetings for each of the bureaus/divisions. Assists higher level specialists in OCR on bureau/division related areas of environmental protection; gathers the latest regulatory , scientific, environmental, and public health information on each of the Agency's bureau programs. Travels in performance of duties.

Education and Experience: Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to the completion of four years of college with coursework in physical, life, or environmental sciences. Requires one year of professional experience in pollution abatement or a related field.

Specialized Skills: Of the one year of experience required; requires one year experience in participating in educational and/or outreach programs focused on analyzing and communicating routine and scientific related data regarding bureau-related programs; experience in speaking to large and diverse group at meetings and to verbally communicate routine and scientific topics effectively under duress in a public setting; experience in participation of developing, implementing and managing a social media outreach plan for the Twitter platform for a business, non-profit or governmental entity. 

Specific Job Requirements: Requires a valid driver's license and the ability to travel. Requires the ability to utilize a personal computer with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel software.