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Department of Civil Service Announces
Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals

Applications MUST Be
No Later Than
FEBRUARY 3, 2003

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Appointees in the New York City area (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond [Staten Island], Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties) will receive an additional $1,200 annual location pay differential.

THE POSITIONS: This position exists in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and is located in Rome.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: On or before March 31, 2003, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree in biology which included the required coursework listed below AND four years of full-time professional experience as a fish pathologist; OR
  2. Current certification as a fish pathologist by the American Fisheries Society; OR
  3. A degree from an accredited veterinary school AND two years of full-time professional experience as a fish pathologist.

Required coursework: 30 semester credit hours in at least six of the following areas: pathogenic bacteriology, parasitology, virology, pathology/histology, vertebrate physiology, water quality or pollution biology, limnology, animal nutrition, biochemistry, pharmacology; PLUS at least 8 semester credit hours in fish anatomy and physiology (laboratory coursework required), ichthyology or fish biology, or fish culture. (See Note 4.)

Substitution: If you qualify under option 1 above, with a bachelor's degree in biology, including the required coursework, and you have an advanced degree with specialization in a field related to fish pathology such as microbiology, parasitology, histology or biochemistry, you may substitute the advanced degree for required experience as follows:

Master's Degree - two years of experience
Ph.D. - four years of experience


  1. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  2. New York State residence is not required.
  3. Your degree and/or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree and/or college credit 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 Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. This information is also available here.You must pay the required course-by-course evaluation fee.
  4. You must submit a list of qualifying courses with your application including the name of college or university, number of semester credit hours per course and the date of completion.

DUTIES: As a Pathologist 2 (Aquatic) you would be responsible for implementing and maintaining a fish health management program for all DEC fish hatcheries in New York State and may also conduct such activities in private aquaculture facilities as required by State regulations. This includes coordination and consultation with State and regional fish management and fish health officials, concerning live fish and/or egg imports, stocking, and other regulatory activities that impact fish health. You would supervise and/or perform investigations to diagnose and treat both infectious and non-infectious diseases of hatchery fish, and may investigate fish disease problems in waters of the State. You would also be responsible for supervising the annual fish health inspection of all domestic and wild broodstock used in DEC's fish propagation program; maintain experimental laboratory strains of specific disease resistant fish; supervise applied research projects related to new disease epizootics, treatment or immunization techniques and nutritional anomalies; supervise all administrative activities of the unit including writing and/or review of all unit publications and reports, personnel actions including staff performance evaluations, and the maintenance of statewide inventories of fish health chemotherapeutic agents and antimicrobials. You would be responsible for fish health training activities for the Fish Culture Section and/or Bureau of Fisheries personnel, including workshops and preparation of instructional material. The Pathologist 2 (Aquatic) represents the Department as the State's official member of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission's Fish Health Committee and may also represent the Department nationally in professional societies or other organizations dedicated to advancing the fish health management profession.

SUBJECT OF EXAMINATION: There will be no written test. The test will consist of an evaluation of your education and experience. Furnish complete information on your application form (OC-APP) to show that you meet the minimum qualifications. 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 date for filing.

If you meet the Minimum Qualifications you will be sent a supplemental questionnaire to complete and return. The questionnaire will be used to evaluate the level, length and relevance of your education and experience against the general background/critical activities of the position. This questionnaire will be the only basis for rating your education and experience.

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 credits to your final passing score.


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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 in 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, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.
Reasonable Accommodations in Testing:
In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with 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 enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at (518) 457-3416 or TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) (518) 457-8480.
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Issued: 12/20/02

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