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Biologist I

Job Description:

A Biologist 1 (Aquatic) would, under supervision, conduct fish population and fish habitat investigations; summarize and statistically analyze data; prepare technical reports and fisheries management plans and assist in the improvement of publicly valued fishery resources. The Biologist would communicate with various publics concerning fisheries management goals and objectives; review and analyze project proposals which are likely to alter fish habitat; and acquire public access for use and enjoyment of New York fishery resources.

A Biologist 1 (Ecology) would, under supervision, conduct and coordinate impact analysis reviews and recommend mitigative action. The Biologist would identify potential resource impacts; compile resource information pertaining to resource impact of various projects, including field investigations; identify mitigative actions and evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation; and prepare for and participate in public hearings. The Biologist would also quantify and evaluate the effects of contaminants on fish and wildlife.

A Biologist 1 (Wildlife) would, under supervision, conduct wildlife population inventories, monitor contaminant levels and wildlife diseases; develop and implement wildlife management plans; and promote appreciation of wildlife in urban environments. The Biologist would assist in the development of wildlife management problems; review and analyze project proposals which are likely to alter natural wildlife habitats; and provide public facilities for the use and enjoyment of wildlife resources.

A Biologist 1 (Marine) would, under supervision, conduct the review, inspection and submission of reports on tidal wetland project applications; prepare and provide testimony at adjudicatory hearings, investigate potential violations, and recommend solutions for violations and/or applications; conduct surveys, investigations and field projects in marine fish or shellfish management or marine habitat restoration; conduct studies of marine fish or shellfish from waters suspected of pollution; supervise technicians/laborers; assemble statistical data; prepare technical reports and resource management plans; conduct laboratory analyses of specimens; and disseminate information on New York's marine resources.

A Biologist Trainee 1 (Aquatic), Biologist Trainee 1 (Ecology), Biologist Trainee 1 (Wildlife), or Biologist Trainee 1 (Marine) would perform beginning level, professional conservation biology work under close and continuing supervision while participating in a two-year, intensive on-the-job training program. Upon successful completion of the two-year traineeship, an appointee would be advanced to the full performance level (Biologist 1) without further examination.

Job Qualifications:

A bachelor's degree including or supplemented by 30 semester hours in the biological sciences. For Biologist Trainee 1 (Marine), courses in oceanography and marine technology may be used in addition to course work in the biological sciences. These 30 credit hours must have included the following:

For Biologist Trainee 1 (Aquatic): 18 semester credit hours in fish or aquatic courses such as fishery resource management, limnology, fish diseases, aquaculture, ichthyology, aquatic ecology, fishery science, and fish population dynamics. Examples of non-qualifying "specialized" coursework: introductory or survey courses, such as general biology; General Oceanography, Physical Oceanography, Entomology (unless Aquatic is specified), Invertebrate Zoology (unless Aquatic is specified), Animal Ecology, and Animal Behavior.

For Biologist Trainee 1 (Ecology): 18 semester credit hours in field biology or ecology courses such as fishery or wildlife science, fishery or wildlife management, environmental impact analysis, limnology, toxicology, plant or animal taxonomy, wetland resources, population dynamics, and zoology and botany and any of their subspecialties. Examples of non-qualifying "specialized" coursework: introductory or survey courses, such as general biology; human population dynamics.

For Biologist Trainee 1 (Wildlife): 18 semester credit hours in wildlife courses that address the study monitoring, modeling, management, interrelationships or characteristics of wild animals and their habitats. Examples of non-qualifying "specialized" coursework: introductory or survey courses, such as general biology; courses that focus on agricultural husbandry techniques, human population dynamics, or the design and manipulation of landscapes, such as landscape architecture.

For Biologist Trainee 1 (Marine): 18 semester credit hours in marine courses such as fisheries biology, fisheries management, mariculture, marine biology, marine ecology, marine resources management, or biological oceanography. Examples of non-qualifying "specialized" coursework: introductory or survey courses, such as general biology; botany; freshwater aquatic biology; genetics; hydrology; limnology; microbiology; physiology; or zoology.

Appointment Level:

Biologists may be appointed at the Trainee 2 level if they have one year of professional level experience, or at the full-performance level if they have had two years of professional level experience as follows: for (Aquatic): in fisheries; for (Ecology): in ecology; and for (Wildlife):in wildlife management; and for (Marine): in fish or shellfish management, marine biology, or marine habitat protection or management.

Substitutions:

For the Aquatic, Ecology and Wildlife titles, a master's degree in the natural sciences or natural resources may be substituted for one year of this experience. A doctoral degree in the natural sciences or natural resources may be substituted for two years of this experience. For the Marine title, a master's degree in fisheries management, marine biology, marine ecology, or marine environmental science may be substituted for one year of this experience. A doctoral degree in the same specialties may be substituted for two years of this experience.

Licenses:

These positions require travel. At the time of appointment, you will be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State or otherwise demonstrate your capacity to meet the transportation needs of the job.

Salary:

For current salary information go to: Careers in Environmental Conservation.

Work Location:

These positions exist at numerous locations throughout the State in the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Promotional Opportunities:

Biologist 1 is the entry level of this title series. Promotional opportunities are available through competitive examinations.

Application Procedures:

Positions of Biologist 1 are filled by use of eligible lists resulting from an examination of a candidate's education and experience. For general information on Civil Service Examinations, see the links leaving DEC's website to "Civil Service Exam Announcements," Civil Service Exam Notification," and "Civil Service FAQs" on the right side of this page.

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