New York State of Opportunity

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

Environmental Engineer 1/2

Applications Accepted
Tests To Be Held


Please be advised that the Environmental Engineer 1 Exam # 20-313 and Environmental Engineer 2 #20-314 will be suspended effective close of business January 16, 2015. The last date of filing for these examinations will be January 16, 2015. Applications postmarked after January 16, 2015 will not be accepted.

Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Grade Salary Job Rate
20-313 Environmental Engineer 1 G-20 $56,813 $72,076
20-314 Environmental Engineer 2 G-24 $69,911 $88,256

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 the date of filing your application, you must have:

For No. 20-313:

  1. a bachelor's or higher-level degree in engineering or engineering technology, granted in an engineering curriculum which is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology as a first or second professional degree in engineering or engineering technology or a degree registered by the NYS Education Department for professional licensing in engineering; AND
  2. an Engineer-In-Training Certificate resulting from successfully passing Part A of the professional engineer's licensing examination. You must submit a photocopy of your certificate with your examination application; AND
  3. one year of full-time experience in professional environmental engineering.*

For No. 20-314:

  1. a New York State Professional Engineer's license and current registration OR a Professional Engineer's license and current registration from a State or Territory of the United States by means of a 16-hour written licensing examination which is the equivalent of that given in New York State. Candidates appointed under this option must secure a New York State Professional Engineer's license and registration prior to appointment; AND
  2. two years of full-time experience in professional environmental engineering.*

You must submit photocopies of your license and current registration with your examination application.

* For the purpose of this examination, professional environmental engineering experience is defined as the application of engineering principles in identifying and solving engineering problems related to protecting and remediating air, land, and water resources.


  1. For Number 20-313 Environmental Engineer 1: possession of a Professional Engineer's license (as described for Number 20-314 Environmental Engineer 2, above), can be substituted for the requirements in "1 and 2" of the "Minimum Qualifications."
  2. For both examinations, a master's degree in environmental, public health, radiological pollution, air pollution control, solid waste, water resources, or another closely related engineering discipline can be substituted for one year of required experience. A doctoral degree in one of the above engineering disciplines can be substituted for two years of required experience. This substitution can be made ONLY when the higher-level degree is in addition to an acceptable first degree in engineering or engineering technology.


  1. Your degree 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 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. You must pay the required evaluation fee.
  2. Information regarding New York State professional engineering licensing may be obtained by writing to: Office of the Professions, State Education Building, 2nd floor, Albany, NY 12234. E-mail may be directed to You may also reach the office by calling (518) 474-3817 or TDD/TTY (518) 473-1426. Finally, you can visit them on the Internet at Link).
  3. At the time of appointment you must possess a valid New York State Professional Engineer's license with current registration. If you have an out-of-state license, you must obtain a New York State Professional Engineer's license with current registration prior to appointment.
  4. Appointment to certain positions may require the use of personal protective equipment, including a respirator. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) conducts a Medical Monitoring Program for employee safety purposes in which you may be required to participate. The Medical Monitoring Program is an OSHA requirement for employees who may be exposed to toxic or hazardous substances and it is a critical part of DEC's Employee Health and Safety Program. The Medical Monitoring Program includes a baseline physical examination with periodic follow-up physical examinations.
  5. A promotion examination is also being held Environmental Engineer 2. 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.
  6. Although a promotion examination is being held for Environmental Engineer 2, it is expected that appointments will be made as the result of this examination open to the public.
  7. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.

The Positions

These positions exist primarily with the Department of Environmental Conservation at various locations throughout the state.

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As an Environmental Engineer 1 or 2, you would be assigned to either the central office or to a field office of the Department of Environmental Conservation in a major segment of an environmental quality program, such as wastewater disposal; solid waste disposal; water pollution control; air pollution control; hazardous waste remediation; hazardous substances regulation; or spill prevention, response, and remediation. You would work with representatives of all levels of government as well as citizen groups and other professionals. Additional duties might involve instructional activities with employees of municipal operating agencies and developing systems for training plant personnel.

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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. This evaluation will concentrate on the amount and breadth of relevant education and experience. 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 8 1/2" 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 Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

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How to Apply

Where to Apply

Mail your completed application to:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Bureau of Personnel
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-5060

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has an ongoing need for persons qualified for appointment to these positions and will accept applications at any time and will rate applications whenever additional eligibles are needed. It is anticipated that the examinations will be held on a periodic basis throughout the year. For the testing schedule and other information about this examination, write to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Personnel at 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5060 or call (518) 402-9275.

Retest Policy

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

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.

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 one year. 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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Reissued: 9/10

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