Engineering Geologist - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

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Engineering Geologist

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.

Engineering Geologist
Category of
Posting Specific Information
Control Number 18-435
Application Due By 08/17/2018
Title Engineering Geologist
Location: City
DEC Region
Region 8
Environmental Remediation/Spills
$48,027 - $61,229 Effective 04/2018
Work Hours Days
Work Days Mon. - Fri.
Employment Type Permanent Budgeted Item
Appointment Type Provisional/Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Competitive
Bargaining Unit/MC PS&T 05 (PEF)
  • Respond to spills and emergencies in a manner consistent with agency policy & procedure during working hours, after-hours, weekends and holidays.
  • Inspect spill sites, implement follow-up action and document work.
  • Manage investigation and remediation of assigned spill sites including report review and approvals, oversight of fieldwork by consultants and contractors, citizen outreach, preparation of technical reports and other activities in accordance with the Division's Remedial Programs.
  • Oversee hydro-geological investigations/remediation conducted by state or responsible party hired contractors and consultants.
  • Provide hydro-geological review of spill sites including assisting other Spills staff in evaluating geologic information.
  • Coordinate spill response activities with outside agencies and other organizational units and maintain working relations with organizations and individuals.
  • Must be able to read and interpret regulations and technical documents and be able to communicate effectively and professionally with the public verbally and in writing.
  • Review proposals, site assessments, payment packages, compliance reports; develop investigation/remediation plans; maintain records, prepare investigative summary reports (ISR) and implement follow-up action.
  • Prepare and/or participate at public meetings or hearings and respond to requests from the public.
  • Conduct comprehensive inspections of facilities for compliance with the NYS Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) and Chemical Bulk Storage (CBS) regulations and the Federal Underground Storage Tank Regulations.
  • Enforce PBS and CBS regulations and Article 17 of the NYS Environmental Conservation Law.
  • Assist supervisors in timely resolution of issues.
  • Must possess good communication and writing skills, have competent computer skills in MS Office including but not limited to Word, Excel & PowerPoint and have functional knowledge of GIS mapping software use and applications.
  • Must be able to navigate difficult terrain-up and down road embankments, stream banks, ladders into secondary containment, etc. and work outside in inclement weather.
  • Other job duties to be discussed at interview.
Minimum Qualifications

Strictly adhered to based on
Civil Service requirements
+ Minimum Qualifications for Provisional Appointments:
Bachelor's degree or higher in geological sciences, which includes engineering geology, geophysics, geochemistry, earth science, or environmental geoscience.


A Bachelor's degree in a related science or engineering degree and a Master's or Doctoral degree in geological sciences.

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 13 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 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 eligibles).

Bachelor's degree or higher in geological sciences, which includes engineering geology, geophysics, geochemistry, earth science, or environmental geoscience.


A Bachelor's degree in a related science or engineering degree and a Master's or Doctoral degree in geological sciences.

NOTE: In accordance with Chapter 475 of the Laws of 2014, all professional geologists in New York State must obtain licensure under Title VIII of the Education Law; based on this, if appointed to this position you will be required to obtain your Fundamentals of Geology within two years of your permanent appointment date.
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 in remote areas and in adverse weather conditions. Travel and overnight travel may be required. Overtime may be required. Weekends and holidays may be required. Must be available for emergency response. Must be available to respond to after-hours emergencies. Must provide 24-hour response on a rotational basis and work during normal business hours. 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 50 pounds. Position will require (after training) the candidate to be on-call on a rotational basis to respond after-hours, nights, weekends and holidays to spills.
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.