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Environmental Engineer

Job Description:

Environmental Engineers are assigned to either the Albany central office or to a regional office of the Department of Environmental Conservation in a major segment of an environmental quality program involving wastewater disposal; solid waste disposal; water pollution control; air pollution control; pollution prevention; hazardous waste remediation; hazardous substances regulation; or spill prevention, response and remediation. Engineers work with representatives of all levels of government, as well as citizen groups and other professionals. Additional duties might involve instructional activities with employees of municipal operating agencies and developing systems for training plant personnel. The Department of Environmental Conservation has over 800 positions in Environmental Engineering.

Engineering Traineeship Program

Many engineers begin their career at the Engineer Trainee level. As an Engineer Trainee, you will serve a 24-month traineeship that leads to the title of Assistant Engineer (Environmental). To advance to Assistant Engineer (Environmental), you must have obtained proof of passing the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FE) and successfully completed the requirements of the traineeship to the satisfaction of the Department. At the discretion of the Department, early advancement to Assistant Engineer (Environmental) is possible if you have obtained your FE and have successfully completed twelve months of the traineeship.

Minimum Qualifications

Engineer Trainee

A bachelor's degree or higher in engineering or engineering technology in one of the following degree areas:
Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering Technology, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Engineering Technology, Environmental Design Engineering, Environmental Resources Engineering, Environmental Systems Engineering, Forest Engineering, Geological Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Paper Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Plastics Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Soil and Water Resources Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, or Engineering Science with a recognized concentration in any of the above listed engineering degrees.

Assistant Engineer (Environmental)

Either 1. proof of passing the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FE) AND a qualifying bachelor's degree or higher as listed above;
Or 2. proof of passing the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FE) AND one year of full-time qualifying engineering experience in sanitary, public health or environmental engineering.

Professional Engineer 1 (Environmental)

Either 1. a New York State Professional Engineer's license and current registration AND a qualifying bachelor's degree or higher as listed above;
Or 2. a New York State Professional Engineer's license and current registration AND one year of full-time qualifying engineering experience in sanitary, public health or environmental engineering.

Salary

For current salary information go to: Careers in Environmental Conservation
Employees progress from the hiring rate to the job rate in annual increments during the first seven years of satisfactory service.

Promotional Opportunities:

Professional Engineer 2 and 4 level positions are available through competitive examination and satisfactory experience.

Application Process:

The positions of Engineer Trainee, Assistant Engineer (Environmental), and Professional Engineer (Environmental) are filled through the use of eligible lists resulting from an examination offered by the NYS Department of Civil Service. Visit the Civil Service examination page for more information.

This examination is offered continuously and scores are based on an evaluation of candidates' education and experience. Upon completing the examination, candidates remain active on the eligible list for two years and have the option of reapplying every 6 months to update their score.

For more information about engineering positions or the application process, please contact the DEC Bureau of Personnel at engineer@dec.ny.gov.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Is An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer