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Research Scientist 1

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 1
Category of
Information
Posting Specific Information
Control Number 18-558
Application Due By 10/26/2018
Title Research Scientist 1 Aquatic Biology
Location: City
DEC Region
Division/Bureau
Albany
Central Office
Lands and Forests
Salary:
Grade:
$56,604 - $71,980 Effective 04/2018
18
Work Hours Days
Work Days Mon. - Fri.
Employment Type Permanent Budgeted Item
Appointment Type Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Non-Competitive
Bargaining Unit/MC PS&T 05 (PEF)
Duties/Responsibilities Under the technical and administrative supervision of the Bureau of Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator (Research Scientist 2) the successful candidate will be responsible for the following activities:

Assess Integrated Pest Management for Widespread Species (15%)
  • Work closely with federal, state, and non-government organizations to develop protocols and methods for control and management of aquatic invasive species such as hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillate) and Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis)
Conduct AIS Research (40%)
  • Assist with creating experimental design to determine basic biology of particular AIS and to assess impacts of treatment and assessment of risk/infestation.
  • Assist with developing monitoring protocols and metrics to assess outcomes of treatment and restoration projects.
  • Assist with genotyping of and eDNA work on high priority aquatic invasive species such as hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), round goby (Neogobius melanostomus), and northern snakehead (Channa argus) independently and in collaboration with existing laboratories conducting related work.
  • Conduct statistical analyses of research and integrated pest management outcomes as needed
  • Assist in development of models for research outcomes and integrated pest management results

Identify AIS (15%)

  • Assist with identification of specimens and infestations reported to isinfo@dec.ny.gov and iMapInvasives.org.
Assist with Coordination and Evaluation of AIS Research and Projects Funded by the Department (15%)
  • Assist with evaluation of invasive species project grant proposals and quarterly report review of funded projects
  • Be part of team that works with state and federal agencies, NY Invasive Species Research Council, and researchers to identify gaps in knowledge and additional research needs necessary to evaluate and develop effective spread prevention and early detection methods and to determine basic biology. Identify potential Primary Investigators.
Act as a Regional liaison (15%)
  • Track aquatic invasive plant and animal pesticide treatment projects in Departmental Regions
  • Provide input on aquatic plant management plans and projects as per request by stakeholders
  • Offer consultation about control and management to stakeholders and regions
  • Assist with evaluation and coordination of watercraft inspection steward programs on a seasonal basis
Minimum Qualifications

Strictly adhered to based on
Civil Service requirements
Bachelor's Degree and three years of professional research experience in aquatic biology; or a Master's Degree in aquatic biology and two years of professional research experience in that field; or a Doctoral degree in aquatic biology. Strong written and oral communication, organization, project management, and research skills are required.

Area of Specialty is Aquatic Biology; and preference will be given to candidates who possess academic credentials and experience in the following fields: AIS research, identification, prevention, and management.
Additional Comments Must have valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Use of personal protection equipment, including a respirator, will be required. Must be able to negotiate difficult terrain, work it remote areas and in adverse weather conditions. Travel and overnight travel may be required. Overtime may be required. Must successfully complete (or have completed) the 40-hour OSHA 1910.120 training course and all other required training. Must complete an annual Health and Safety Program including medical monitoring, fit testing, and 40 (or 8) hour OSHA HAZWOPER certification. Must be able to lift and move objects up to 40 pounds.
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

E-Mail: PostingResponses@dec.ny.gov

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.

18-559

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 1
Category of
Information
Posting Specific Information
Control Number 18-559
Application Due By 10/26/2018
Title Research Scientist 1 Water Pollution
Location: City
DEC Region
Division/Bureau
Albany
Central Office
Water/B12
Salary:
Grade:
$56,604 - $71,980 Effective 04/2018
18
Work Hours Days
Work Days Mon. - Fri.
Employment Type Permanent Budgeted Item
Appointment Type Contingent Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Non-Competitive
Bargaining Unit/MC PS&T 05 (PEF)
Duties/Responsibilities
  • Assist higher level Research Scientists to perform research to be used in the development of a nonpoint source pollution program specific to the Chesapeake Bay watershed that will serve to provide technical assistance to partner organizations. Research methods of various non-point source BMPs (e.g. urban and agricultural) and the associated coefficients to measure water quality benefits, review and provide input on the scoring criteria for NYS nonpoint source funding programs, attend meetings of partner organizations to build relationships and distribute technical information and provide training opportunities.
  • Assist higher level Research Scientists in the development of a New York's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan for 2019-2025 to implement best management practices to reduce nutrient and sediment loadings to the Chesapeake Bay in accordance with the priorities set by New York. Compile and analyze data to set Chesapeake Bay program priorities and identify appropriate best management practices to achieve water quality goals to determine the reductions that will be achieved through program implementation. Assist in the execution of, and provide oversight for, awarded contracts and implementation of projects. Perform technical evaluations of current programs to further reduce nutrients and sediments by expanding partnerships and researching opportunities not currently being fully utilized.
  • Provide technical assistance to partner organizations (e.g. soil and water conservation districts, local governments, regional planning entities) who are seeking funding for nonpoint source pollution control projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed (e.g. review NYS Environmental Protection Fund project proposals).
  • Provide training, education and outreach on DEC nonpoint source pollution control programs in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Represent New York on Chesapeake Bay technical groups and task forces, as needed.
  • Conduct research, data analysis and interpretation of environmental data to assist in development and targeted implementation of non-point source BMPs with consideration of climate change. Analyze data in the CAST watershed model to evaluate BMP effectiveness, model credits, cost benefit, and relevance to existing DEC programs.
  • Investigate ways to leverage additional state and federal funding sources.
  • Assist in the development of research products and synthesis of technical information to include in department reports, white papers and spoken communications, participate in the presentation of research results at scientific meetings and publication of technical results in appropriate venues.
  • 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.
Minimum Qualifications

Strictly adhered to based on
Civil Service requirements
Qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree and two years of professional research in the field of Environmental Science or Natural Sciences or a Master's Degree and one year of professional research in the field of Environmental Science or Natural Sciences.
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.

Preferred Additional Qualifications
  • Experience identifying pollution sources and related impairments in watersheds
  • Familiarity with assignment of load reductions, regulatory planning and implementation of practices involved in Total Maximum Daily Loads or other clean water restoration efforts
  • Experience recommending and implementing projects to improve water quality
  • Ability to evaluate and manage large datasets and competence in statistical and geospatial analysis of environmental data sets
  • Competence developing collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders to achieve common goals
  • Familiarity with state and federal programs to identify, prioritize and obtain funding to support protection and restoration or other nonpoint source projects
  • Familiarity working in ArcGIS and understanding landscape drivers of water quality
  • Experience developing work plans, writing technical reports and grant applications
  • Ability to concisely disseminate technical information (presentations; correspondence)
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
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

E-Mail: PostingResponses@dec.ny.gov

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.

18-560

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 1
Category of
Information
Posting Specific Information
Control Number 18-560
Application Due By 10/26/2018
Title Research Scientist 1 Air Pollution
Location: City
DEC Region
Division/Bureau
Rensselaer
Region 4
Air Resources/Air Quality Surveillance
Salary:
Grade:
$56,604 - $71,980 Effective 04/2018
18
Work Hours Days
Work Days Mon. - Fri.
Employment Type Permanent Budgeted Item
Appointment Type Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Non-Competitive
Bargaining Unit/MC PS&T 05 (PEF)
Duties/Responsibilities The Research Scientist 1 assigned to the Monitoring Support Section will be responsible for:
  • the operation and maintenance of state-of-the-art analytical systems for non-routine analysis of contaminants in the ambient air in support of community investigations and citizen science and pesticides;
  • conducting ground breaking research and development work to select proper methodologies for sampling and analysis of various classes of chemicals unique to each situation; and
  • preparing all necessary quality system documents.

The incumbent will serve as the backup analyst in VOC canister and carbonyl sorbent tube analyses for the National Air Toxics Trends Station (NATTS) and State toxics networks, providing input and technical support for the design and implementation of community air screen projects, as well as verifying and analyzing resulting data, and assisting in the preparation of reports.

The Research Scientist I will coordinate and work with laboratory personnel and site operators to ensure sampling equipment, sample shipments, and supplies are properly maintained to meet data capture requirements and will be responsible for researching and evaluating new air pollution measurement technologies and documenting and publishing findings that are useful to fellow professionals in the field.
Minimum Qualifications

Strictly adhered to based on
Civil Service requirements
A Bachelor's Degree and two years of professional research experience in the appropriate field, or a Master's Degree in the appropriate field and one year of professional research experience in that field. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required.

A Master of Science or a higher degree in chemistry or related field is preferred. Preference will also be given to candidates who possess experience in the following fields: laboratory and field instrumentation, analytical methods development, statistical analysis and interpretation of data, programming skills in automation and remote operation, research and evaluation of emerging sampling and analytical technologies.

Area of Specialty is Air Pollution.
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. 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

E-Mail: PostingResponses@dec.ny.gov

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.