New York State of Opportunity

Assistant Geologist

Written Test To Be Held
March 28, 2020
You may be assigned to either Saturday or Sunday.
Please refer to the information below.
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
February 12, 2020

 

Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Non−Refundable Processing Fee (Waivers available)
26-765 Assistant Geologist $62,726 SG-20 $40
You may be assigned to either Saturday or Sunday to take your test. The Department of Civil Service reserves the right to administer tests either online or with paper booklets and answer sheets. Your admission notice will tell you whether your test will be administered online. You cannot request a day in advance or change your scheduled day.

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.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before March 28, 2020, you must have a bachelor's degree or higher in earth science, engineering geology, environmental geology, environmental geosciences, geochemistry, geological engineering, geology, geological science, geophysics, or hydrogeology, AND:

Either 1. proof of passing the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) Fundamentals of Geology (FG) examination,*

Or 2. a professional geologist licensure with current registration.

*You will be required to provide proof of passing the Fundamentals of Geology to the hiring agency prior to appointment.

If you expect to meet the educational requirements by September 30, 2020, 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 September 30, 2020 may result in your removal from the eligible list.

Notes:

  1. Your degree or high school diploma or equivalency diploma must have been awarded by a college, university, high school or educational institution 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 or high school diploma 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: S2LAK.
  2. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  3. New York State residence is not required.

The Positions

These positions exist in the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Transportation, statewide.

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Duties

As an Assistant Geologist, you would be responsible for performing, supervising, analyzing, interpreting, and preparing reports of findings for geologic and geophysical work for transportation projects, structural sites, hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal sites, mining operations, geologic hazard evaluations, and the development and evaluation of groundwater supplies. Depending on the agency you are employed by, you would make recommendations pertaining to slope designs and foundation designs of structures; evaluate, conduct, and/or supervise blasting operations; evaluate the stability of slopes and make recommendations for stabilization and protection of highways and structures; conduct petrographic, lithologic, topographic, hydrogeologic or structural geologic analyses; evaluate soil and water quality sampling and testing procedures and protocols; evaluate and interpret soil and water quality data including the use of statistical analyses; evaluate groundwater contaminant fate and transport mechanisms; and analyze rock cores, aggregate samples and/or boring logs, and evaluate the suitability of sand, gravel, and bedrock for use as stone filling, riprap, or construction aggregates. Geologic and hydrogeologic evaluations may include the use of computer-assisted techniques including groundwater flow modeling and geographic information system analysis. You also may assist in the preparation and review of the geologic aspects of engineering and environmental investigations, reports, and studies. Duties may be performed in the field on projects and job sites, in the office, and/or in a laboratory.

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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:

  1. Fundamentals of geological engineering, petrology and lithology, and sampling and analysis related to geologic and soils studies - These questions test for knowledge of basic geologic principles and practices and the terminology, practices, and procedures involved when collecting geologic samples and performing engineering studies of various geological formations and soils features found in New York State.
  2. Collection, analysis and presentation of data, including basic statistics - These questions test for knowledge of the proper procedures and methods used to gather, evaluate, organize, and present various types of technical data and information; and the fundamental concepts, terminology, and computations involved in statistical analysis for geotechnical, engineering, and environmental studies.
  3. Geotechnical principles and practices and their application to engineering projects - These questions test for knowledge of such areas as evaluating sites, identifying and resolving problems involving the design of foundations and the excavation of earth materials, evaluating groundwater resources, and evaluating natural deposits of materials including the determination of their engineering properties.
  4. Methods of groundwater monitoring and subsurface investigation including drilling and geophysical surveying - These questions test for knowledge of the monitoring and investigative techniques involved in geological studies and may include such areas as investigating various types of disposal sites, positioning and drilling subsurface monitoring wells and geotechnical or exploratory borings, conducting geophysical studies and understanding associated techniques, identifying geological features, collecting environmental samples, evaluating groundwater flow directions and analytical data, and using global positioning systems in geological surveys and interpreting associated data.
  5. 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.

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.

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How To Apply

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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 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.

Religious Accommodation

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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Issued: 01/10/2020

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