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Citizen Participation Specialist 1

Applications accepted from the general public (including current and past state employees and 55-b/c candidates.) You must meet the minimum qualifications.

Citizen Participation Specialist 1
Category of
Posting Specific Information
Control Number *14-00177
Application Due By 10/24/14
Title Citizen Participation Specialist 1
Location: City
DEC Region
New Paltz
Region 3
Office of Communications/Regional
$52,293 - $66,494 Effective 04/2014
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)

Working with Div of Remediation (DER) Project Managers provide Citizen Participation services. Activities include: Review and edit Fact Sheets and other "Notices" prior to issuance, review Citizen Participation (CP) Plans, set up and moderate public meetings and availability sessions for DER sites. Edit proposed "Responsive Summaries" in Records of Decision. Ensure that Repository Documents are in Region 3 prior to issuance of Fact Sheets and advise Site Project Managers upon receipt of such documents. Give R-3 and Central Office staff advance warning before issuance of DER Fact Sheets to Media outlets. Prepare both initial and updates to mailing lists for DER CP Plans - including Media; Environmental groups, Local/Elected Officials; State Officials and other interested parties. Provide guidance to Project Managers on all citizen participation related matters. Update DER mailing lists when requested by site Project Managers.

Regional FOIL Coordinator. Duties include: Review weekly FOIL listings for potential high visibility or problem FOILs. Work closely with and provide guidance to FOIL Secretary. Communicate with the Agency's FOIL Officer regarding regional responses to state-wide FOIL requests and other FOIL related matters in the region. Coordinate the processing of FOIL Appeals to the Office of General Council. Provide guidance to Regional programs regarding FOIL requests and prepare draft responses for programs as appropriate. Answer FOIL questions from the public, upon referral by FOIL Secretary. Update FOIL templates. Prepare annual report for both the FOIL Officer and Region 3 Staff regarding FOIL compliance efforts and substantive legal or procedural changes. In extended absence of FOIL Secretary, process initial FOIL requests, send acknowledgements and make referrals to programs. Provide backup to the Regional Citizen Participation Specialist 2. Assist with public meetings/hearings and outreach efforts in the region. Assist with inquiries from the press, elected officials (including state and federal representatives), and the public and program staff in the region and provides assistance to the Regional Director as needed.

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 16 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 a Citizen Participation Specialist 1, Environmental Educator 2, Environmental Program Specialist 1.

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):
1) a bachelor's or higher-level degree in environmental planning, environmental science, or environmental studies; natural, biological or physical science; civil, environmental or geological engineering; public relations; public administration; political science; urban planning or urban studies; communications or journalism; AND two years of full-time professional experience in the areas of natural resources management, environmental planning, urban planning, environmental regulation development, environmental interpretation, public policy analysis, public information, or public relations and outreach where 50% or more of your duties included one for the following:
Developing and delivering professional presentations to technical and/or lay audiences or moderating, coordinating, facilitating, or leading public and/or stakeholder group meetings, or developing and presenting training or educational materials: OR developing and delivering professional presentations to public audiences. Planning and conducting public meetings; OR developing and presenting training and educational materials development and implementation of public involvement programs or activities which must have included all of the following:
A. identifying interested parties and affected individuals or groups
B. actively seeking input from such parties relative to program policies/decisions;
C. developing communication and consultation strategies; and
D. establishing a feedback process for addressing alternatives and program concerns expressed by these various parties.
2. an associate's degree in environmental planning; environmental science; environmental studies; natural, biological or physical science; civil, environmental, or geological engineering; public administration; public relations; political science; urban planning or urban studies; communications; or journalism. AND four years of the experience described above.

Substitution: A master's degree or higher-level degree in communications, journalism, or public relations can be substituted for one year of experience.
(Source: Examination Announcement 2009)

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 Must have a valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Must be able to negotiate difficult terrain, work in remote areas and work in adverse weather conditions. Travel, overtime, and overnight travel may be required. Weekends and holidays may be required. Must be available to respond to after-hours emergencies.
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

E-Mail: personnel@dec.ny.gov

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.