Environmental Conservation, Department of
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 9 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 eligible):
Sixty semester credit hours, 35 of which must have been in the environmental/engineering sciences such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, statics and dynamics, or strength of materials*; or two years of engineering technician experience, one year of which must have been in drilling, development, or production for oil, gas, solution mining, or underground gas storage.
If you qualify based on completed coursework you MUST also submit a copy of your transcript along with a list of qualifying courses with your application. This must include the course title, the name of the college or university, the number of semester credit per course, and the date of completion. Applications submitted without a transcript and list of courses will not be considered.
Research and Data Analysis
Analyze data and compile technical information to support DOW research needs to assess emerging regulatory requirements, evaluate viable treatment technologies, establish standards to evaluate regulatory impact to water quality, develop permit writing tools (e.g., reasonable potential, RSAT, etc), and research the implications of new pollution sources (business, industry, process) that may impact water quality.
Assist with the implementation of the Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS) Program to set program goals, analyze water quality information to support the development of success stories, complete annual reporting requirements, and coordinate with other DOW staff and state agencies on NPS programs.
Assist in the development and coordination of agriculture-related research and implementation projects receiving funding from the Department and other State agencies.
Conduct data analysis and interpretation of environmental data to assist in review all existing permits for conformance with new federal treatment technology, new state water quality classifications and water quality standards.
Provide technical support and maintain effective working relationships with non-Departmental experts and the public and participate in the Division of Water’s research related workgroups.
Permit Program Implementation
Assist with the implementation of the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) SPDES General Permit to protect NYS waters from agricultural stormwater runoff from large farming operations. Provide thorough and timely review and accurate processing of submitted permit applications, annual compliance reports and other reports required by the CAFO permit. Ensure consistency with the nutrient guidelines developed in partnership with Cornell University and other State and Federal Agencies and consistent with ECL 17-0817.
Assist with applied research projects, in coordination with academic institutions and other state agencies, to evaluate nutrient reductions achieved by agricultural best management practices and technologies that will inform the CAFO permitting program.
Under the direction of higher-level Research Scientists, assist with identifying areas of emerging research, help with study design, conduct data analysis and data interpretation to support the development of data driven policies and guidance for the CAFO permitting program.
Provide training, education and outreach on compliance with the terms of the CAFO Permit. Represent New York on CAFO technical groups, outreach and task forces, as needed.
Preferred Additional Qualifications:
Excellent interpersonal communication skills; strong writing and verbal communication skills and have experience and comfort in public speaking.
Knowledge agricultural and non-agricultural nonpoint source pollution best management practices.
Familiarity with NYS Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Program.
Understanding of nutrient application guidelines and/or federal and state conservation standards.
Experience with program languages (R, python).
Ability to evaluate and manage large datasets and competence in statistical and geospatial analysis of environmental data sets.
Familiarity working in ArcGIS and understanding landscape drivers of water quality.
Must have a valid driver’s license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Travel may be required. Overnight travel may be required. Telecommuting may be available, will be discussed at interview.
To apply for this job please visit statejobs.ny.gov.