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New York State Department of Civil Service announces Continuous Recruitment Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals

Environmental Engineer
Junior Engineer-Sanitary Engineering

Applications Accepted
Tests To Be Held


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Grade Salary
20-876 Environmental Engineer 15 $38,278
20-876 Junior Engineer - Sanitary Engineering 15 $38,278

These entry-level positions lead to Salary Grade 20 positions, starting salary $49,992, after one year of successful State service and possession of a Fundamentals in Engineering Certification.


Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or WestchesterCounties will receive an additional $1,302 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or PutnamCounties will receive an additional $651 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before the date of filing your application, you must have:

Either 1: a bachelor's or higher-level degree in environmental engineering, environmental engineering technology, civil engineering, civil engineering technology, chemical engineering, geotechnical engineering, geological engineering, or sanitary engineering;

Or 2: a bachelor's or higher-level degree in engineering supplemented by or including a minimum of one course in FOUR of the following categories totaling at least 12 semester credit hours: water and wastewater engineering, stream and estuarine analysis, limnology, solid waste engineering, groundwater and wastewater hydrology, industrial waste treatment, physical chemical waste treatment, hazardous waste management, environmental lab, environmental engineering design, air pollution control, groundwater hydrology, hydraulic engineering, or water supply engineering; AND a minimum of one course in TWO of the following categories totaling at least 6 semester credit hours: organic chemistry, soil mechanics, geology, environmental impact analysis, environmental law, radiological engineering, safety in engineering practice, public health/sanitation, toxicology, environmental planning and land use, or fluid mechanics. If you qualify under this option, you must submit your transcript for evaluation with your application.


If you are within six months of receiving an acceptable degree, your application can be approved. If your application is approved pending receipt of an acceptable degree, and your name is placed on the eligible list, and you are offered employment, you must submit proof of graduation to the appointing authority before reporting to work.


  1. If you have a bachelor's or higher-level degree in engineering or engineering technology, have passed Part A of the Professional Engineering Licensure examination and have one year of professional sanitary, public health, or environmental engineering experience, you may meet the qualifications for examination No. 20-313 Environmental Engineer 1 and/or No. 20-280 Assistant Sanitary Engineer. These are Salary Grade 20 positions with a starting salary of $49,992. See our website for further information on these exams.
  2. Your degree or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYSEducation Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside the UnitedStates and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. You must pay the required evaluation fee and include a copy of the verification of equivalency with your application.
  3. If you are more qualified by reason of education, you may receive a higher beginning salary. To be eligible for this higher salary, you must have a master's degree or higher-level degree in an appropriate engineering discipline, in addition to an acceptable first degree in engineering.
  4. If you are a full-time matriculated student, you may receive a job commitment up to six months prior to completion of your educational requirements, but you cannot begin employment until you submit proof of your degree to the appointing authority.
  5. You MUST submit a list of qualifying courses with your application, including the course title, the name and address of the college or university, number of semester credit hours per course, and date (or expected date) completed. A copy of your college transcript may be submitted.
  6. Appointment to certain positions may require the use of Personal Protective Equipment, including a respirator.
  7. This examination is being held for environmental and sanitary engineering positions only. An examination for civil and transportation engineers is being conducted by the NYS Department of Transportation. For information on that exam, you may call (518) 457-6460.
  8. Under the U.S. Labor Law, appointees must be eligible for permanent employment in the United States.
  9. There is no processing fee for this examination.

The Positions

Environmental Engineering positions exist in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at various locations throughout the state. A limited number of Junior Engineer positions concerned with Sanitary Engineering exist in the New York State Department of Health.

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As an Environmental Engineer, you would perform engineering work within such program areas as: waste water treatment; water resources management and pollution control; air pollution control; pollution prevention; environmental remediation of containments; solid waste management; hazardous substances regulation; hazardous waste management; emergency response; spill prevention; bulk storage; or building and recreational facility maintenance, design, and construction.

As a Junior Engineer – Sanitary Engineering, you would work in one or more of the following program areas: evaluating drinking water pilot treatment plants, watershed protection programs, and individual sewage disposal systems; inspecting water treatment facilities; reviewing water supply engineering plans and specifications and swimming pool plans; investigating water quality; and assessing hazardous waste exposure.

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Subject of Examination

There will be no written test. If you meet the Minimum Qualifications your education and experience will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position. It is essential that you describe your education and experience as completely as possible on the NYS-APP Open Competitive Examination Application form. Ambiguity, vagueness or omissions will not be decided in your favor. Do NOT send resumes. If you need more space, attach additional 8½" x 11” sheets, following the same format used on the application form. Additional unsolicited information will not be accepted after the last day for filing.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans’ and Civil Service Law Section85-a credits to your final passing score.

Selective Certification of Eligible List: Successful candidates will be grouped according to the specialization of the engineering degree or coursework.

Environmental/Sanitary: environmental engineering, environmental engineering technology, geological engineering, geotechnical engineering, or sanitary engineering; Chemical: chemical engineering; Civil: civil engineering, civil engineering technology.

Certification of selective list will be determined by the position to be filled.

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has an ongoing need for persons qualified for appointment to these positions and will accept applications continuously. Applications will be rated on a periodic basis throughout the year. For further information about this examination, write to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation at 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5060, or call (518) 402-9257, or contact the office via email at engineer@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Retest Policy

Qualified candidates may file as frequently as once a year, but a new application is required each time.

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How to Apply

Be sure to use the SPECIAL APPLICATION WITH SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE FORM OC‑APP-3, #20-876(pdf), and mail it directly to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Personnel, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-5060.

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487 [press 2, then press 2]. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 2]. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.

New York State Residence Is Not Required For Most Positions

However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.

Continuous Recruitment/Eligible Lists

Candidates who meet the qualification and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for two years. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

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Issued: 8/07

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