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Biologist 1 Ecology

Applications accepted from current State employees, former permanent competitive class employees eligible for reinstatement and 55-b/c candidates. You must meet the minimum qualifications.

Biologist 1 Ecology
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Posting Specific Information
Control Number *17-369
Application Due By 09/29/2017
Title Biologist 1 Ecology; including Trainee 1 and Trainee 2
Location: City
DEC Region

Central Office
Fish & Wildlife

$42,143 - $70,566 Effective April 2017
18/13/14 Salary and appointment grade level dependent upon qualifications of candidate
Work Hours Days
Work Days Mon. - Fri.
Employment Type Permanent Budgeted Item
Appointment Type Contingent Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Competitive
Bargaining Unit/MC PS&T 05 (PEF)
Duties/Responsibilities This Biologist will help design, implement, and manage New York State's environmental contaminant monitoring program for the collection of fish for the analysis of perfluorinated compounds (PFOS, PFOA, etc.), legacy contaminants, and additional contaminants of emerging concern. The Biologist will be responsible for tracking field sampling efforts, assisting with fish collection, and assuring that field quality assurance and quality control procedures are followed. The Biologist will coordinate laboratory sample analysis, review analytical results for completeness and conformance with requirements, manage data and metadata associated with the Division of Fish and Wildlife's Toxic Substance Monitoring Program, assist with statistical data analysis, and help write reports and scientific papers. This work is a collaborative effort with DEC research scientists, chemists and biologists, and with the Department of Health's fish consumption advisory program. In addition, the Biologist will assist the Division of Fish and Wildlife in identifying harmful pesticides and facilitate the registration of less toxic products during pesticide product registration review. Desired skills include databases (SQL a plus), statistics (R preferred), strong writing ability, familiarity with New York State fishes, and knowledge of environmental contaminants.
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 11 or higher and either:
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.4: Must meet the open competitive minimum qualifications - listed below;
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.1: Permanent competitive service as a Biologist 1 Aquatic, Biologist 1 Ecology, Biologist 1 Marine or Biologist 1 Wildlife.

55-b/55-c Candidates must meet the open competitive minimum qualifications below and include with their resume or application, a copy of the letter from Civil Service which indicates approval for the 55-b/55-c program.

Open competitive minimum qualifications (provided for 55b/c candidates and 70.4 transfer eligibles): Bachelor's or higher degree with 18 semester credit hours in courses related to ecology, environmental contamination, habitat protection, restoration and management. Such courses include ecotoxicology, environmental impact assessment, forest and soil ecology, habitat restoration, limnology, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, watershed conservation, or wetland and stream resource protection.
Additional Comments Must have valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Travel, overtime, and overnight travel may be required.
To Apply Qualified candidates should forward a resume and/or Employment Application and a copy of your transcripts. Include the Control Number on your application. 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.