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Research Scientist 4

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.

Research Scientist 4
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Posting Specific Information
Control Number 18-328
Application Due By 06/22/2018
Title Research Scientist 4 - Water Pollution
Location: City
DEC Region
Central Office
Water/Water Assessment & Management
$90,375 - $111,316 Effective 04/2018
Work Hours Days
Work Days Mon. - Fri.
Employment Type Permanent Budgeted Item
Appointment Type Non-Competitive
Jurisdictional Class Non-Competitive
Bargaining Unit/MC PS&T 05 (PEF)
Duties/Responsibilities Lead a Section responsible for: 1) assessment of all waters of New York state; 2) review of monitoring studies and the analysis of study results, including the analysis and evaluation of data usability and quality control of projects for use in waterbody assessments; 3) toxicity assessment and implementation programs; and 4) integration of research findings and monitoring data into Division programs including setting priorities for implementation programs such as the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program. Duties also include the direction and mentoring of section staff to fulfill the Duties and Responsibilities of the Section set forth herein and in the mission of the Division of Water. Administrative functions include preparing workplans, budgets/spending plans, providing overall research program direction, and managing research activities to meet federal Performance Partnership Grant (PPG) and other commitments.

  1. Assessment Program - Supervise the conduct of research, data analysis and interpretation of environmental data to assist in the generation of federally-mandated Division of Water (DOW) Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List (WI/PWL) water quality assessments. Specific areas of research and expertise include but are not limited to: gathering, evaluating, and interpreting environmental monitoring data; understanding of chemical, biological and toxicity indicators; understanding the relationship between standards/criteria and impacts to human uses and aquatic life; and familiarity with federal CWA water quality reporting requirements. Assessment conclusions need to be well documented and based on sound science, and be presented in a manner that can be easily understood by the public. These efforts will culminate in the publication of professional papers regarding methods and approaches, and authored reports detailing the findings of water quality assessments for New York State waters.

  2. Data Usability - Oversee data submission and use from both within the agency and outside organizations and the public for inclusion in WI/PWL assessments and impaired waterbody 303(d) listings decisions. Supervise evaluations of outside data suitability and applicability. Update sampling methods, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and Quality Assurance documents to meet applicable requirements and reflect research findings, as appropriate.

  3. Toxicity Assessment and Implementation - Supervise research related to and for the conduct of ambient waters toxicity testing, assessment and implementation. Develop criteria to address Contaminants of Emerging Concern to include in core Division of Water programs. Implement controls on toxins in ambient waters through management of the Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) Testing Programs. WET testing uses bioassays to determine toxicity of wastewater effluent discharges. Communicate results of research and testing through issued reports, published papers, conferences/symposia, public meetings, and website postings. Supervise staff to evaluate data regarding toxic effects in ambient waters and bottom sediments. Supervise the technical oversight of Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) testing, required of selected wastewater dischargers. Such oversight includes the review of submitted WET Testing results, and proposing recommendations for toxicity reduction or further toxicity trackdown.

  4. Implementation Programs - Manage the development of material to solicit for applications, evaluate and select projects and provide assistance with post-award activities for the Division of Water grant programs (e.g., Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) program, the Engineering Planning Grant program and 604(b) grant program). Set priorities for funding projects based on cost-effectiveness of best management practices and pollutant load reduction science. Evaluate and refine New York's Watershed Program in coordination with the Bureau of Water Resources Management to implement activities to provide reasonable assurance of achieving pollutant load reductions that meet water quality objectives. Supervise the research, design and development of new best management practices and validate the effectiveness of existing ones. Set Department priorities for funding projects supported by the best available pollutant load reduction science. Document funding results in documented water quality improvement and development of EPA Success Stories.

  5. Outreach, Training and Collaborations - Establish and foster strong relationships with Federal, State and Local Agencies and Non-Governmental organizations involved in clean water programs. Provide technical support and maintain effective working relationships with non-Departmental experts and the public and participate in the Division of Water's research related workgroups. Participate in the presentation of research results at scientific meetings and publication of technical results in appropriate venues.

  6. Provide oversight regarding the publication and application of research conducted by the Section. Such research is to be integrated into Division of Water guidance documents, water quality assessment reports, and used to inform water permit, compliance/enforcement, and other water quality management actions. Communicate results of research through issued reports, published papers, conferences/symposia, public meetings, and website postings. Integrate and report research findings through Division of Water assessment reports, including annual monitoring reports, long-term water quality trend reports, and Clean Water Act required reporting (Section 303(d) listing and Section 305(b) Reporting).

  7. Provide supervisory direction and overall program management for the research activities of the Water Assessment and Implementation Section. These duties include regular review of program accomplishments and recommendations for future program direction, management of administrative functions (budgets/spending plans, staff workplanning, responding to public and federal/state agency information requests, etc.), and supervision of assigned research staff.
Minimum Qualifications

Strictly adhered to based on
Civil Service requirements
+Minimum Qualifications for Non-Competitive Appointments:
Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's degree and five years of professional water pollution research experience in a field relevant to water pollution control including Environmental, Public Health, or Natural Sciences; OR a Master's degree and four years of professional water pollution research experience in a field relevant to water pollution control including Environmental, Public Health, or Natural Sciences; OR a Doctoral degree and two years of professional water pollution research experience in a field relevant to water pollution control including Environmental, Public Health, or Natural Sciences.

Preferred Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience with competitive and noncompetitive grant programs
  • Strong public speaking skills and demonstrated ability to address controversial topics in a public setting
  • Knowledge of quality assurance protocols and state and federal requirements for data use in a regulatory context
  • Demonstration of understanding and application of scientific methods
  • Familiarity with Federal, State and Local Agencies and Non-Governmental organizations involved in clean water programs
  • Experience supervising other staff
Additional Comments Must have valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Travel and overnight travel may be required.
To Apply Qualified candidates should forward a resume and/or Employment Application which clearly indicates how the minimum qualifications are meet 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 included 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.