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Research Scientist 3

Applications accepted from the general public (including current and past state employees.) You must meet the minimum qualifications.

Research Scientist 3
Category of
Posting Specific Information
Control Number 16-00199+
Application Due By 7/8/16
Title Research Scientist 3 Area of Specialty: Water Pollution
Location: City
DEC Region
Central Office
Water/Water Assessment & Management
Work Hours Days
Work Days Mon. - Fri.
Employment Type Permanent Budgeted Item
Appointment Type Permanent/Non-Competitive+
Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive
Bargaining Unit/MC PS&T 05 (PEF)

-Oversee and coordinate Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) testing activities for both permit-related and water quality assessment use of WET testing. Run WET tests for ambient waters as part of the statewide water quality monitoring program. Supervise staff assigned to assist with toxicity tests and, with other research scientists in the bureau, manage the use of toxicity testing information in the statewide monitoring and assessment program.

-Investigate routes to better employ toxicity testing as a means of effects-based monitoring for detecting toxic contaminants in effluents and ambient waters, including developing research designs for bioassays using Ceriodaphnia dubia or other appropriate test organisms. Summarize and interpret results and prepare technical reports or papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, as appropriate.

-Serve as the EPA-State Whole Effluent Toxicity Testing Coordinator; produce an annual report of toxicity testing results as required by EPA; serve as the liaison between the EPA and the Division of Water in discussions about inclusion of toxicity testing in permits, requirements for permit limits rather than action levels, calculation of reasonable potential determinations, and development and oversight of studies to produce toxicity identification and reduction evaluations as a means to finding sources and eliminating toxicity in permitted discharges.

-Work with permit writers, compliance staff and monitoring and assessment staff to interpret findings of WET tests from facilities and surface waters, advise permit writers when WET testing is being added to new or modified permits, and train permit staff in uses of WET testing.

-Complete the design of, and conduct research currently funded by EPA to correlate the presence and concentrations of pollutants in sediments and macroinvertebrate tissues with the results of Microtox® bioassays, as a means of determining the specific groups of contaminants contributing to toxicity seen in these tests. Produce a report and/or peer-reviewed journal article of the research results and present them at meetings, if appropriate.

- Work with other research scientists in the Bureau of Water Assessment and Management in developing toxicity information to be used in the establishment of water quality standards for protection of aquatic life.

Minimum Qualifications

Strictly adhered to based on Civil Service requirements

+Minimum Qualifications for Non-Competitive Appointments:

Candidates for this position must have a Bachelor's Degree in environmental sciences, environmental policy, or a related field, and four years of professional research experience in the appropriate field; OR
Master's Degree in environmental sciences, environmental policy, or a related field, and three years of such experience; OR a Doctorate in environmental sciences, environmental policy, or a related field, and one year of such experience.

Preferred qualifications: -Strong familiarity with water quality monitoring and assessment techniques, toxicology and toxicological research, statistical analysis and data evaluation.

-Knowledge of New York State and Clean Water Act regulations as they relate to WET testing

-Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.

Additional Comments Must have valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Travel, and overnight travel may be required. Weekends and holidays may be required. Must be able to lift and move objects up to 50 pounds.
To Apply Qualified candidates should forward a resume and/or Employment Application which clearly indicates how the minimum qualifications are meet 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 included 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.