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Environmental Program 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.

Environmental Program Specialist 2
Category of
Posting Specific Information
Control Number 18-066
Application Due By 03/02/2018
Title Environmental Program Specialist 2
Location: City
DEC Region Division/Bureau

Central Office

$71,847 - $90,876 Effective April 2017
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)

Position Description
The Environmental Program Specialist 2 position with the NYSDEC Division of Water (DOW) will be for a permanent staff position within the Bureau of Water Assessment and Management. This position is in support of several activities conducted by the Lake Monitoring and Assessment Section (LMAS) and Stream Monitoring and Assessment Section (SMAS)

LMAS conducts several statewide monitoring and assessment programs, including the New York Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP), the LMAS Lake Classification and Inventory (LCI) survey, and the DEC HABs program. These programs evaluate limnological conditions in support of a variety of DOW priorities, including waterbody assessments, permit evaluation, trend analyses, public education, and mitigation of water quality problems. LMAS is responsible for determining the cause of these use impacts through the evaluation of ambient and episodic water quality conditions related to state water quality standards and limnological criteria, and for summarizing lake conditions in water quality reports for individual waterbodies and regional assessments through lake reports and "fact sheets" for the state Priority Waterbody List (PWL). LMAS also works closely with the Stream Monitoring and Assessment Section (SMAS) to support statewide stream monitoring and assessment program, through both professional and volunteer monitoring programs.

The focus for this new Environmental Program Specialist 2 position will be to support the existing LMAS and SMAS monitoring and assessment programs in four major program areas: (a) Data and database management for both LMAS and SMAS, coordinating existing and shared database development, maintenance and flow of data into and out of the databases, including coordination with laboratory data deliverables compatible with these databases; (b) coordinating external data collection and transmission to BWAM, with a focus on biological and chemical data collected through the WAVE and PEER programs; (c) support of existing DEC water quality monitoring programs, with a focus on support of the SMAS RIBs chemical monitoring program and the LMAS biological monitoring activities; and (d) development and implementation of a harmful algal bloom advanced monitoring pilot in collaboration with external partners.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

  • Strong public speaking skills and ability to describe complex issues to stakeholders and the public in simple terms;
  • Comfort interacting with the public in both small groups and in large (community) settings
  • Strong writing skills, with an emphasis on distilling complex ecological evaluations for public understanding of these issues;
  • Competence in statistical and geospatial analysis of large environmental data sets;
  • Skills in relational databases and maintenance; use of R or other programming languages;
  • Willingness to participate in overnight travel during the field sampling season;
  • Comfortable working in, trailering and operating canoes and small power boats in a variety of settings, including remote ponds and polluted urban lakes;
  • Ability to carry gear for up to a half mile over rough terrain.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the technical and administrative supervision of the Lake Monitoring and Assessment Section Chief, Professional Engineer 2, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

Data and database management:

  • Data management - manage data workflow within LMAS and SMAS to create efficiencies in data delivery from laboratories, integration of databases, and field data collection;
  • Laboratory liaison/coordinator for BMAS monitoring programs- Managing interactions with laboratories to ensure proper workflow and to address data delivery needs for LMAS and SMAS;
  • Develop areas of geospatial integration of datasets between LMAS and SMAS;
  • Review water chemistry electronic data deliverables (EDD's) and quality assurance results from RIBS and LCI monitoring and ensure data are imported into BWAM databases;
  • Manage data quality control and validation through overseeing the development and implementation of advanced scripting in programs such as R-statistical computing and Python.

Coordinate external data collection and transmission:

  • Coordinate the statewide citizen biological water quality monitoring project (WAVE, Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators) in support of DEC/DOW assessments;
  • Oversee collection and use of macroinvertebrate data by external professional organizations (PEERS, Professional External Evaluation of Rivers and Streams);
  • Manage external data sources for lake monitoring and assessment and create mechanisms for integrating those data into DEC's water quality reporting methods such as PWL/WI and 303d.

Support of existing DEC water quality monitoring programs tasks include

  • Assist in the coordination of Regional staff RIBS routine water chemistry monitoring activities. Provide support on sample training, sample collection, quality assurance, equipment and supply preparation and distribution;
  • With other section staff, collect water, sediment or biological samples at sampling locations for which Central Office is responsible in both LMAS and SMAS. Participate in assessment of data and preparation of reports associated with data;
  • Assist in coordination of laboratory services for water chemistry samples for the RIBS routine network with ALS Environmental or other analytical laboratories;
  • Supervise seasonal technicians and/or summer interns in the Lake Monitoring and Assessment Section;
  • In cooperation with other bureau staff, interface with groups external to DEC that collect water quality data; develop methods to determine if, and how, to use these data in water quality assessments or for other DEC purposes. Host workshops to address external data usability, quality, and actionable data;
  • Assist LMAS staff in evaluating lake-related issues.

Develop and implement a harmful algal bloom advanced monitoring pilot:

  • Coordinate the selection of candidate waterbodies, sites, sensors, probes, data loggers, software, and other equipment;
  • Facilitate agreements with DEC contractors;
  • Coordinate installation of buoys, met stations, data loggers, communication systems, probes and other hardware;
  • Oversee quality assurance, including development of QAPPs and other documents;
  • Coordinate validation sampling with CSLAP volunteers and other sampling partners;
  • Evaluate and assess data in real time and evaluate pilot study results in project reporting.
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 21 or higher and:
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.1: Permanent competitive service as an Environmental Program Specialist 2, Citizen Participation Specialist 2 & 3, Environmental Analyst 2, Program Research Specialist 3 PH, Sanitary Construction Inspector 3.
Additional Comments Must have valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Must be able to negotiate difficult terrain and work in remote areas and adverse weather conditions. Travel and overnight travel may be required. Must be able to lift and move objects up to 30 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


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.