New York State of Opportunity

Professional Geologist 1

Online Test Held During
August 2022
*Application and Test MUST Be Submitted Online By
August 31, 2022


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Non−Refundable Processing Fee (Waivers available)
26-845 Professional Geologist 1 $83,550 SG-24 $45

*There is no written multiple-choice test. The online questionnaire IS YOUR TEST.

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.

The Positions: These positions exist in the Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Conservation and are located statewide.

*In order to report your minimum qualifications, you must complete the online application and complete the online test.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before August 1, 2022, you must have:

Either 1: a New York State Professional Geologist's license and current registration AND a bachelor' degree or higher in earth science, engineering geology, environmental geology, environmental geosciences, geochemistry, geological engineering, geology, geological science, geophysics, or hydrogeology.

Or 2: a New York State Professional Geologist's license and current registration AND one year of experience in economic geology, hydrogeology, environmental geology or engineering geology.

Qualifying experience: If verifiable, we will accept and prorate appropriate part-time and volunteer experience.

Your required educational credentials must have been awarded by an educational institution accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the United States (U.S.) Department of Education/Secretary of Education. If awarded by an institution outside of the U.S. and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. A list of companies that provide these services (fees must be paid to the company you choose) can be found at:

In accordance with New York State Education Law 7208.a.5, if you were employed by New York State on November 21, 2016 in a position where you performed geologic services (as defined in the scope of practice of geology in this statute), you are exempt from the requirement of having a New York State Professional Geologist's license and current registration. This exemption will be confirmed by the hiring agency at the time of appointment.

Continued Employment:

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As a Professional Geologist 1, in addition to the duties performed by Assistant Geologists, you would be responsible for analyzing the results of investigations, field or laboratory procedures, geologic reports, and geophysical data; making recommendations pertaining to rock slope designs and foundation designs of structures; evaluating the suitability of blasted bedrock for use as stone-filling and riprap; preparing specifications and developing testing and quality assurance for mineral aggregates; investigating and resolving problems relating to aggregate performance; supervising laboratory and field testing of soils and aggregates; supervising petrographic determinations and making geologic recommendations on aggregate applications and the performance of aggregate in pavements, concrete, and other engineered applications; and performing studies to improve methods and equipment used in geological studies. You may plan and evaluate hydrogeological investigations of waste disposal sites that may include developing investigation work plans for dissolved and free phase containment migration in overburden and bedrock aquifers; interpretation of drilling logs, well construction diagrams and borehole geophysics; determining the influence of stratigraphy on containment migration; evaluating mass transport of containments in saturated media; determining the influence of transmissivity, dispersion and geochemistry on containment degradation and application of remediation technologies; use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and/or remote sensing instruments, techniques and software; interpreting historical land use, land forms or environmental conditions from imagery, maps or other records to assess containment locations; use of computer modeling and statistical interpretation of environmental data. You may also evaluate the development of proposed and management of existing groundwater and surface water supplies; assessment of water supply pumping tests; perform aquifer determinations; conduct soil and groundwater quality evaluations; develop and/or analyze geologic and hydrogeologic investigations, reports, studies and management plans; regulate water well contractors; and communicate with the public and industry professionals regarding groundwater and water supply issues. Duties may be performed in the field on projects and job sites, in the office, and/or in a laboratory. You may supervise subordinate technical, geologist, administrative or support staff as required.


  1. New York State residency is not required.
  2. A promotion examination will also be held for these positions.
  3. 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.

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Subject of Examination

*There is no written multiple-choice test.

To be considered for appointment to this title, you must pass an???online test. The online test consists of a questionnaire that asks questions about your education, training, and work experience. This online questionnaire IS YOUR TEST and should be completed after submitting your application. The online test can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Responding to these questions, and submitting your questionnaire, is required to complete the examination process. You will not receive a score on this test unless you complete and submit the online questionnaire. You must complete the test by 11:59 pm on August 31, 2022.

The answers you provide to the questions will be used to rate and score your test against the general requirements of the position(s). To prepare, it may be helpful to have dates of completed education and work experience available as you answer questions. It is recommended you use a personal computer or personal laptop to complete your online test.

Your final score must be 70 or higher to pass. Your final score on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime Veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits.

Applicants are required to have a Personal account and keep their email address up to date. The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies will communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include the notification of your test arrangements, 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

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How To Apply

This announcement is for viewing purposes only.

Important: Unless waived, you must pay the non-refundable processing fee. For information on fee waivers, visit Any past due application processing fees must be paid in full prior to submitting an application. Please email regarding inquiries about any past due 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.

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.

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.

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Issued: 8/1/22
*Revised Material: 8/15/22

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