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Assistant Engineer (Environmental) / Engineer Trainee

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.

Assistant Engineer (Environmental) / Engineer Trainee
Category of
Posting Specific Information
Control Number *17-058
Application Due By 02/24/2017
Title Assistant Engineer (Environmental) / Engineer Trainee
Location: City
Central Office
Environmental Remediation/Remedial Bureau B
$53,339 - $74,986 Effective April 2015
18/20 Salary and appointment level is dependent upon the qualifications of the 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 Duties include serving as a Project Manager (PM) for Brownfield Cleanup Program, State Superfund, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Environmental Restoration Program Sites. Responsibilities include managing all aspects of workplan development, investigation, design, remediation and site management phases of projects. This includes the review and evaluation of work plans, remedial investigation reports, feasibility studies, design reports, construction plans and specifications, final engineering/project completion reports, and site management plans to ensure conformance with current professional engineering standards, Department regulations, standards, guidance and policies. Will solicit, coordinate and resolve comments from other DEC units and local, state and federal agencies. In some instances, the above work will be done in-house (i.e., documents will be prepared by the PM) with in-house PE oversight. Provide technical direction, oversight and management for consultant projects, approve projects budgets and manage budget compliance during project implementation. Prepare and respond to written correspondence, make public presentations, and interact directly with the public and interested community groups in relation to these projects. Some travel for field work that may include overnight stays or occasional weekend/evening work. Working around heavy machinery such as drill rigs and construction equipment and the use of a respirator may be required during some field work. Ability to communicate clearly and professionally both verbally and in writing. Proficient in computer skills including word processing, power point, etc. Additional duties/information to be discussed at the interview.
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.
Transfer Eligible - One year of permanent competitive service at Salary Grade 13 or higher.
Transfer eligible under 70.4 - Meet the open competitive minimum qualifications (see below)

55-b/55-c Candidates must meet the open competitive minimum qualifications (see 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 55 b/c candidates and 70.4 transfer eligibles):
  1. bachelor's or higher level degree in environmental engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, geotechnical engineering, geological engineering, or sanitary engineering.
  2. a bachelor's or higher-level degree in engineering supplemented by or including a minimum of one course in four of the following categories totaling at least 12 semester credit hours: water and wastewater engineering, stream and estuarine analysis, limnology, solid waste engineering, groundwater and wastewater hydrology, industrial waste treatment, physical chemical waste treatment, hazardous waste management, environmental lab, environmental engineering design, air pollution control, groundwater hydrology, hydraulic engineering, or water supply engineering; and a minimum of one course in two of the following categories totaling at least 6 semester credit hours: organic chemistry, soil mechanics, geology, environmental impact analysis, environmental law, radiological engineering, safety in engineering practice, public health/sanitation, toxicology, environmental planning and land use, or fluid mechanics. If you qualify under this option, you must submit your transcript for evaluation with your application.

If appointed to the Engineer Trainee (Grade 18) position, upon successful completion of one year as an Engineer Trainee and passing the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (FE), you will be advanced to a Grade 20 engineer position without further testing. Upon successful completion of one year as an Engineer Trainee, but do not pass the FE exam, you will have an additional year to obtain your FE. If you do not obtain your FE by the end of the second year, you will be removed from the Trainee position.

If you are on an examination eligible list for the position title, you do not need to respond to this posting unless you are also eligible for appointment by transfer, reinstatement or reassignment as defined above; or the appointment type is provisional or temporary. The eligible list(s) will be canvassed as appropriate. Always respond to an eligible list canvass.

To get on the continuous recruitment examination eligible list for either the Environmental Engineer 1 or Environmental Engineer, see the examination announcement on the Department of Civil Service website. Applying now may or may not get you considered for this opening, but we frequently have openings for this title. If you have questions on the examination, please e-mail us at:
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 respirator, will be required. Must be able to negotiate difficult terrain and work in remote areas and adverse weather conditions. Travel, overtime, and overnight travel may be required. Weekends and holidays 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.
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 a permanent NYS employee not employed by the Department of Environmental Conservation or applying for reinstatement, please provide your social security number so that appointment eligibility may be verified.

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.