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Environmental Program Specialist 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.

Environmental Program Specialist 1
Category of
Posting Specific Information
Control Number 18-659
Application Due By 12/21/2018
Title Environmental Program Specialist 1; including Trainee 1 and Trainee 2 level
Location: City
DEC Region
Central Office
$42,986 - $71,980 Effective 04/2018
18/13/14 Salary and appointment 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 Assists engineers in the dam safety regulatory program with administrative program elements, including administrative tasks, inspections, file and information management, review of owner dam safety programs, and emergency planning, management and response.
Under the guidance/ supervision of the Section Chief or in cooperation with other program staff, preform the following duties, with progressively greater independence:
  • Assist with dam inspections, including proposed sites, existing facilities and those under construction and recently constructed. Document inspections and perform follow up activities.
  • Administer management of submitted dam engineering studies, designs, and specifications, proposed dam work, owner dam safety programs, and emergency action plans. Effectively document and communicate findings.
  • Prepare effective written communication regarding dam inspections, plan reviews, etc. in accordance with State, Department and Division policy.
  • Prepare responses to Freedom of Information and general information requests.
  • Use electronic equipment (personal computer, GPS, etc.) to gather and maintain information on dams, review designs, and prepare communications.
  • Comprehend and implement dam safety administrative program policies consistent with Department and Division of Water directives and policies, both within and outside the Department. Assist in development of new or revised policies and regulations.
  • Assist and provide support to the Division's and the Bureau's emergency response coordinator on flooding and dam safety matters.
  • Assist and provide support to attorneys working on enforcement matters.
  • Communicate effectively. Establish and maintain effective inter-personal relationships, and constructively interact and support multiple federal, state and local government officials, emergency managers, the public, engineers, dam owners, and various interest groups.
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 below;

Eligible for transfer under Section 70.1: Permanent competitive service as an Environmental Program Specialist 1 (including trainees), Program Aide, Administrative Specialist 1, Biologist 1 (Aquatic), (Ecology), (Marine), (Wildlife), Public Participation Specialist 1, Environmental Analyst 1 and Trainee 1 & 2, Environmental Engineering Technician 2 & 3, Fish and Wildlife Technician 3, Legal Assistant 2, Mineral Resources Technician 2, Pesticide Control Specialist 1 & 2, Public Health Specialist 2 Environmental, Sanitary Construction Inspector 2, Senior Engineering Research Editor.

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 eligible): Bachelor's or higher degree in Business Administration; Civil Engineering; Economics; Environmental Engineering; Environmental Planning; Environmental Science; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geological Engineering; Landscape Architecture; Natural Science; Physical Science; Planning; Public Administration; Public Policy Studies; Urban Planning; or Urban Studies.
Additional Comment
  • Must be available for emergency response outside of usual business hours
  • Must be willing to travel on short notice to locations across the state
  • Must be available for overnight travel to locations across the state
  • Must be physically able to inspect dams across NYS (rough terrain, moderate exertion)
  • Must be willing to work extended hours occasionally
  • Possession of a driver's license valid in New York State and ability to safely meet the transportation needs of the Flood Protection and Dam Safety program, including occasional off-road driving.
  • Strong map reading and interpretation 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


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.