Public Participation Specialist 2 - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

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Public Participation Specialist 2

Applications are being accepted from current state employees, those eligible for reinstatement based on prior permanent competitive service, and candidates on an eligible list for the position. Candidates on the eligible list for the position MUST include the list title and score received in a cover letter.

Public Participation Specialist 2
Category of
Posting Specific Information
Control Number 18-419
Application Due By 08/17/2018
Title Public Participation Specialist 2
Location: City
DEC Region
Central Office
Office of Communication Services/Public Outreach
$66,052 - $83,752 Effective 04/2018
Work Hours Days
Work Days Mon. - Fri.
Employment Type Permanent Budgeted Item
Appointment Type Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Competitive
Bargaining Unit/MC PS&T 05 (PEF)
  1. Oversee the design and implementation of public participation programming for department programs.
  2. Meet and work with local government, citizen groups and the public to assure understanding of department programs and solicit citizen input. Maintain directories of agencies, individuals and organizations to be involved in department decision-making processes.
  3. Prepare summaries and periodic reports summarizing the nature and result of citizen involvement activities as requested and required.
  4. Facilitate the production and development of information materials, press releases and website content to support department programs.
  5. Coordinate and work with USEPA, county and local governments and other state agencies as needed to maximize the use of their public participation resources.
  6. Assist with managing and coordinating the Bureau of Public Outreach, including consultation with the Bureau Chief and Division Director as required.
  7. Promote department programs and initiatives at public events and activities such as sportsman shows, Earth Day, NYS State Fair and other outdoor recreation events. Develop comprehensive work plans for outreach events and activities.
  8. Supervise two Public Participation Specialist 1 staff members.
  9. Provide guidance to division and program staff as needed regarding public outreach.
  10. Provide content development for the agency's social media sites, website and other platforms.
  11. Coordinate with press office as needed.
  12. Maintain knowledge of the most current and important public issues and programs of the department, New York State, and Regional offices.
Minimum Qualifications

Strictly adhered to based on
Civil Service requirements
Reassignment - Currently in the title and an employee of DEC

Reinstatement Eligible - Previously held the title on a permanent competitive basis or held a title as indicated under the transfer eligible section on a permanent competitive basis.

Transfer Eligible - One year of permanent competitive service at Salary Grade 19 or higher and either:
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.4: Must meet the open competitive minimum qualifications below;

Eligible for transfer under Section 70.1: Permanent competitive service as a Public Participation Specialist 2,

Open competitive minimum qualifications (70.4 transfer eligibles):

  1. a bachelor's or higher-level degree in environmental planning, environmental science, or environmental studies; natural, biological or physical science; civil, environmental or geological engineering; public relations; public administration; political science; urban planning or urban studies; communications or journalism; AND three years of full-time professional experience in the areas of natural resources management, environmental planning, urban planning, environmental regulation development, environmental interpretation, public policy analysis, public information, or public relations and outreach where 50% or more of your duties included one for the following:
    Developing and delivering professional presentations to technical and/or lay audiences or moderating, coordinating, facilitating, or leading public and/or stakeholder group meetings, or developing and presenting training or educational materials: OR developing and delivering professional presentations to public audiences. Planning and conducting public meetings; OR developing and presenting training and educational materials development and implementation of public involvement programs or activities which must have included all of the following:
    1. identifying interested parties and affected individuals or groups
    2. actively seeking input from such parties relative to program policies/decisions;
    3. developing communication and consultation strategies; and
    4. establishing a feedback process for addressing alternatives and program concerns expressed by these various parties. or
  2. an associate's degree in environmental planning; environmental science; environmental studies; natural, biological or physical science; civil, environmental, or geological engineering; public administration; public relations; political science; urban planning or urban studies; communications; or journalism. AND five years of the experience described above.
Substitution: A master's degree or higher-level degree in communications, journalism, or public relations can be substituted for one year of experience. (Source: Examination Announcement 2009)

Promotional minimum qualifications: (provided if the position can be filled on a provisional basis) One year of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as a Public Participation Specialist 1.

If there is a viable promotion examination eligible list (three acceptors) for this position, candidates who qualify based on 70.4 transfer or under the 55-b/55-c options cannot be considered.
Additional Comments Must have a valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Travel may be required. Overtime may be required.
To Apply Qualified candidates should forward a resume and/or Employment Application which clearly indicates how the minimum qualifications are met and includes the Control Number. If you are applying for more than one posting, you must submit a separate resume or Employment Application for each control number. Send to:

Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-5060

Fax: (518) 402-9038


Additional Notes:

If you are on an eligible list for this title, please state that information and your score in a cover letter.

State Employees: If you wish to receive an acknowledgement that your application for this posting was received by the Bureau of Personnel and then receive information on the disposition of the position, please attach two self-addressed stamped envelopes (preferably inter-office or inter-agency) to the application. If you are applying for more than one position, you must include two envelopes for each position.

Some vacancies may be anticipated and may not result in an appointment. Application for any position listed may not result in an interview.