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Environmental Educator 1

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.

Environmental Educator 1
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Posting Specific Information
Control Number *16-00293
Application Due By 09/30/16
Title Environmental Educator 1
Location: City DEC Region Division/Bureau Albany
Central Office
Operations/Environmental Education
$42,833 - $54,678 Effective April 2015
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 Responsible for three main areas: 1) ensuring that DEC education programs meet NYS learning standards by incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) into all lessons and activities, 2) increasing programs and services to EJ and underserved audiences in the Capital District, and 3) providing support to the Bureau for communication coordination, outreach and education programs for special events, and assistance with Projects WILD, WET and Learning Tree.

Incorporating STEM into Lessons and Activities
  • Become familiar with NYS and national learning standards; correlate activities and lessons to state learning standards
  • Evaluate and update existing in-school programs
  • Ensure curricula provide timely and relevant STEM-related experiences for students
  • Train and support educators in environmental literacy and using the outdoors as a classroom
Supporting Underserved Audiences
  • Work with the bureau's Capital District Campership Diversity Coordinator in offering outdoor recreation and education activities for prospective campers and their families
  • Provide in-school and after-school programs to underserved audiences
  • Participate in special events and outreach opportunities
  • Work with teacher centers, associations, community centers, and other organizations to raise awareness DEC's teacher education and campership diversity programs
Supporting Bureau Programs
  • Manage bureau's social media messages and DEC website content
  • Assist with planning and offering seasonal teacher institutes and workshops at conferences and trainings
  • Plan and conduct educator workshops including Projects WILD, WET and Learning Tree
  • Assisting with local outreach and education events, such Earth Day, Arbor Day, Five Rivers Environmental Fair, Accessible Outdoor Recreation programs, etc.
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 12 or higher and:
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.4: Must meet the open competitive minimum qualifications below;

55-b/55-c Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications above 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 eligibles):
Candidates must have four years of experience in environmental conservation in a professional/technical capacity or professional teaching of environmental education;

OR two years of the experience described above AND 60 college semester credit hours, including at least 24 college semester credit hours in agronomy, biology (for the purposes of these examinations, courses that focus on the study of domesticated or farm animals or humans are not qualifying), earth science, ecology, environmental education, environmental science, field natural history, forestry, geology, marine science, natural resources interpretation, or soil science.

OR a bachelor's degree in the biological sciences, environmental education, environmental science, forestry, or natural resources interpretation.

You must also have an additional one year experience in environmental education. "Environmental education" is defined as teaching about or interpreting the natural world, the principles of ecology, natural resources management, and environmental quality management. It deals with the interrelationships of plants, animals, and the non-living environment and emphasizes human interactions with these components.

"Environmental education" is defined as teaching about or interpreting the natural world, the principles of ecology, natural resources management, and environmental quality management. It deals with the interrelationships of plants, animals, and the non-living environment and emphasizes human interactions with these components.

Examples of Acceptable Qualifying Experience: Experience as a naturalist at a nature setting; an instructor in an environmental education program; or as a designer of environmental education programs for youth organizations such as scouting groups, 4-H clubs, YMCA, etc.

Examples of Non-Qualifying Experience: Experience as a teacher of high school courses such as chemistry, physics, and biology; as a youth leader who carries out pre-established programs; or as a leader of outings for a conservation organization, etc.

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.
Additional Comments Please provide unofficial college transcript with submission.

Must have valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Travel, overtime, and overnight travel may be required. Weekends and holidays may be required. Excellent written and verbal communications skills preferred.
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.