Environmental Radiation Specialist 1
- Written Test To Be Held
- August 11, 2018
- Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
- June 27, 2018
|Exam Number||Exam Title||Salary||Salary Grade||Non−Refundable Processing Fee (Waivers available)|
|26-518||Environmental Radiation Specialist 1||$56,604||G-18||$35|
|26-519||Environmental Radiation Specialist 2||$73,284||G-23||$40|
|IMPORTANT: Unless waived, you must pay the non-refundable processing fee. For information on fee waivers, visit https://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/types/oc/appinfo.cfm##Fee. It is important that you verify that you entered the correct examination number and title on your online or paper application prior to submitting. If you apply online, you should immediately review your email confirmation notice to verify that you applied for the correct examination. If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT received by the Department of Civil Service. No late applications will be accepted after the filing deadline has passed.|
Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.
On or before August 11, 2018, you must have:
For No. 26-518:
Either 1. a bachelor’s degree in biological, environmental or physical science; chemistry; chemical, environmental or nuclear engineering; health physics; or nuclear medicine technology, AND two years of professional experience in radiological science or nuclear engineering;*
Or 2. a master’s degree or higher in any of the disciplines listed above AND one year of the qualifying experience noted above.
For No. 26-519:
Either 1. a bachelor’s degree in biological, environmental or physical science; chemistry; chemical, environmental or nuclear engineering; health physics; or nuclear medicine technology, AND three years of professional experience in radiological science or nuclear engineering, one year of which must have included direct supervision of health physics staff or radiation safety staff;*
Or 2. a master’s degree or higher in any of the disciplines listed above AND two years of the qualifying experience noted above, one year of which must have included the supervisory experience noted above.
*Examples of experience that will qualify are radiation protection or control which may include:
- ensuring compliance with radiation safety protocols to meet regulatory standards
- implementation of basic health physics practices
- use of radioactive isotopes or management of radioactive waste
- use of radiation detection and measurement instruments
- characterization of environmental radiological contamination
Examples of non-qualifying experience include, but are not limited to: experience limited to the use of X-ray equipment, such as an X-ray technician.
If you expect to meet the educational requirements by January 31, 2019, you can be admitted to the written test, but you cannot be considered for appointment until you submit proof of successful completion of the educational requirement to the Appointing Authority at the time of the employment interview. Failure to meet the educational requirements by January 31, 2019 may result in your removal from the eligible list.
- 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 ability to meet the transportation needs of the job.
- The duties of these positions may require that you be fit tested to wear a respirator.
- Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education. If your degree was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the NYS Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. This information can also be found on the Internet at http://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/degrees.cfm. You must pay the required evaluation fee. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the New York State Department of Civil Service, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S2KXM.
- A promotion examination is also being held for the Environmental Radiation Specialist 2 position. If you are eligible for appointment from a promotion list, you may not be appointed in your own agency from the list resulting from this examination open to the public.
- Although a promotion examination is being held, it is expected that appointments will be made as the result of this examination open to the public.
- Qualifying part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
- New York State residence is not required.
These positions exist in the Department of Environmental Conservation.
As an Environmental Radiation Specialist 1, you would review reports and evaluate data on radiological contamination in the environment; review work plans for radiological investigations, monitor programs, and site remediation; develop recommendations for further action for supervisory review; prepare correspondence commenting on or conveying the approval of plans and permits; in the field, observe remedial operations; measure radiation levels; install and maintain radiation monitoring devices; collect samples of environmental media; package samples and ship to laboratories for analysis; use and maintain radiation detection instruments; select laboratory analyses for radioactive contaminants in environmental samples, exposure pathway analyses, and radiation dose projections; evaluate resulting radiological data; write reports of field work; and issue new permits, regulating the type and amount of permitted radiological emissions or releases, their impact on the environment, and the required steps to be taken to mitigate this impact.
As an Environmental Radiation Specialist 2, in addition to the duties listed above, you would supervise and train Environmental Radiation Specialists 1’s; supervise a permitting program to regulate discharges of radioactive material; review selected applications and all permits prepared by subordinates prior to approval; review and revise regulations to conform to federal and State laws and regulations governing radioactive discharges and disposal; review reports, data collection results, and proposed actions prepared by subordinates; provide the necessary expertise, as needed, in enforcement actions carried out by the agency; participate in public hearings and meetings on proposed regulations, radiological impacts, and technical evaluations of permit applications; and assign tasks to subordinates, set deadlines for completion of tasks, read drafts of regulations to determine their accuracy, effectiveness and feasibility, and direct subordinates to make necessary corrections.
Subject of Examination
|There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:||For Examination Nos.|
|1. Evaluation and control of radioactive emissions and discharges to the environment - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in measuring and controlling the release of radioactive materials from operational facilities to the environment, and may include such areas as selection of sampling methods and equipment; analysis of sampling results; selection of emission control equipment; assessment of the effectiveness of emission control measures; factors affecting atmospheric dispersion; assessment of radiation doses and environmental impacts resulting from radioactive emissions and discharges; and application of 6 NYCRR Part 380 regulations.**||X||X|
|2. Assessment and remediation of radioactive contaminants in the environment - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in addressing environmental contamination due to radioactive materials, and may include such areas as selection and use of radiation detection instruments; collection of environmental samples; selection of radioanalytical methods; evaluation of analytical results; radiation dose assessment; and performance of post-remediation surveys and sampling.**||X||X|
|3. Disposal of radioactive waste - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in disposing of radioactive waste in accordance with 6 NYCRR Parts 380-383 and 10 CFR Parts 20 and 61, and may include such areas as identifying the types and classes of radioactive waste; appropriate disposal methods for the various types and classes of radioactive waste; transportation of radioactive waste; and performance objectives for radioactive waste disposal facilities.**||X||X|
|4. Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.||X||X|
|5. Supervision - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morale, and discipline.||X|
**Copies of the applicable Federal regulations are available on the Internet at the following websites:
https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/cfr/part020/(10 CFR Part 20)
https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/cfr/part061/ (10 CFR Part 61)
Copies of the applicable NYS regulations are available on the Internet at the NYS DEC Radiation website:
https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/296.html(6 NYCRR Part 380-383)
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 Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.
Important: The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies may communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include the notification of your examination results and canvassing you for interest in appointment. It will be important for you to keep your email address, phone number and mailing address current by logging into https://www.cs.ny.gov/home/myaccount.
How To Apply
If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT processed.
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 unlawful 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, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, 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.
Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).
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. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.
Admission to Examination
Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, email us at AdmissionNotices@cs.ny.gov. Please provide your first and last name, address, and the last four digits of your social security number, and we will provide you with the information you need to attend your written test. If you have an issue other than not receiving your admission notice, please contact our office at (518) 474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627. Please leave a clear concise message and provide your first and last name, last four digits of your social security number and a daytime phone number.
Taking State and Local Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day
If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two weeks before the test date to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center. For your convenience, contact information for all local civil service agencies is available on our website at: https://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/local.cfm.
Cell Phones or Electronic/Communication Devices at the Test Site
Do not bring cell phones, beepers, headphones, or any electronic or other communication devices to the test site. The use of such devices at the test site in the test room, hallways, restrooms, building, grounds, or other areas could result in your disqualification.
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