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ORIGINAL ENTRANCE JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY


This examination is open to all candidates, both internal and external, who meet the minimum requirements.

Applications will be accepted only during the designated filing period for this examination. The opening and closing dates of the filing period are listed in this announcement. Applications must be filed by the following method:
Submitted online through the District's Online Employment Center at www.districtjobs.org. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on the closing date in order to be considered.
The deadline for filing an application will not be extended due to any unavailability of the MWRD website. The MWRD will not be liable for the website being unavailable for any period of time, and it is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application form is completed and submitted in a timely manner. Therefore, it is recommended that applications be submitted early in the filing period.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application form is completed and submitted in a timely manner by the method described above. Descriptions and dates of education, experience and any required license or certification should be very clear so that it is understood exactly how the applicant meets the minimum requirements. Prospective employees will be required to provide documentation of the required education, experience and licensure/certification upon employment. Falsification of a material statement in an application may constitute grounds for rejection of the application, exclusion from the examination, removal from the eligible list, or discharge of an employee from his or her position in the Classified Service.
Minimum Requirement Deadline: The minimum requirements for this examination must be met by the qualification deadline listed in this announcement.

Residency Requirement: There is no residency requirement to participate in the examination; however, all District employees must be domiciled within the boundaries of the District within six months of successful completion of probation. (The District is in Cook County, Illinois, covering approximately 90% of the county area.)

Veterans' Preference: In Original Entrance examinations, five points for Veterans' Preference will be added, in accordance with the District statute, to the scores of those candidates who attain a passing score in all phases of the examination. Information regarding the periods of eligible service, the documentation needed to file a claim and Veterans' Preference claim forms can be obtained through the District's Online Employment Center at www.mwrd.org or requested at the test site.

Probationary Period: The probationary period for this classification is one year (250 days worked).

HIRING AND EMPLOYMENT OBJECTIVES

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is committed to hiring and employment practices that base employee selection on a candidate's knowledge, skill and ability to perform effectively on the job; provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants; prohibit the entry of political reasons or factors and other improper considerations into any stage of the selection and hiring processes; and create a transparent, honest and fair hiring system.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M/F/D

Reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with applicable laws. Requests for testing accommodations are to be made within one week after the close of the filing period. For information regarding accommodation for individuals with disabilities, phone (312) 751-5170 (voice) or (312) 751-5916 (TTY).

Environmental Soil Scientist
17038
3/17/2017
4/28/2017 11:59:00 PM
5/28/2017
76035.30
115830.23
Under immediate professional supervision, supervises and participates in the work of technical and clerical staff in environmental monitoring and biosolids marketing and demonstration programs at the District's land reclamation sites.
A master's degree in Soil Science or Agronomy from an accredited college or university.
The examination will consist of a written test weighted 100%. The minimum passing score on the written test will be 70% unless determined otherwise by the Director of Human Resources. Candidates must achieve a passing score to have their names placed on the eligible list.

The written test will assess candidates' knowledge, skill and ability in areas such as soil biology and soil chemistry as they pertain to plant and animal organisms and their functions, interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment; applications and uses of biosolids; Federal and State laws and regulations relating to soil, water and biosolids use; research design, statistics and data analysis methods; and supervision.
All applicants will be advised by email if they have been admitted to the examination process. Applicants who do not receive a response to their application by May 5, 2017 should contact the Employee Selection Office at (312) 751-5100.

WRITTEN TEST: The written test will be administered on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 West 111th Street, Chicago, IL.

Candidates should report at 9:00 a.m. with the approved admission letter and a driver's license or other form of photo identification. Calculators will be provided. The use of books, study guides, cell phones, tablets, laptops, or other aids during the test is prohibited.
Appointments will be made from an eligible list with three categories: A (Exceptionally Well Qualified), B (Well Qualified) and C (Qualified). Candidates in the highest category will be given first consideration for appointment. This examination is also being given on an Original Entrance basis. In instances where both Original Entrance and Promotional eligible lists result from an examination process, it is the District's practice to appoint only from the Promotional eligible list until all names from that list have been considered. The eligible list has a duration of three years. Appointment is subject to successfully passing a physical examination, a drug test, and a criminal history background investigation.

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