Professional Career Opportunities - Job Title Details

Environmental Program Specialist Trainee 1, G-13

Occupation Group

Natural and Physical Sciences

General Information

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Job Description

Environmental Program Specialists perform journey level professional program development and support functions within environmental projects, linking engineering/scientific and administrative program areas.  Employees perform a variety of tasks including managing or otherwise carrying out small projects or segments of larger or more complex projects; assisting higher-level professional staff; gathering information; making determinations on certain issues and assisting higher-level professional staff in making other determinations; authoring or compiling various written products; and may supervise subordinate staff.  These positions are located in the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Trainees will receive a combination of structured training, on-the-job training, and/or practical job performance to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to function at the full performance level.

Minimum Qualifications

You must meet the requirements below to qualify for this title.

A bachelor's or higher degree in agricultural engineering, agronomy, animal science, atmospheric science, bacteriology, biochemistry, biology, botany, business administration, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, civil engineering technology, climate change, coastal resources management, communications, cultural resources and historic preservation studies, ecology, economics, ecosystem management, engineering technology, environmental biology, environmental engineering, environmental health, environmental planning, environmental policy, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental toxicology, forest science, forestry, genetics, geochemistry, geographic information systems, geography, geological engineering, geology, hydrology, landscape architecture, marine science, meteorology, microbiology, molecular biology, natural resources, natural resources conservation, natural resources management, natural resources planning, natural science, physical science, physics, public administration, public policy studies, sustainability, urban forestry, urban planning, urban studies, wildlife management, or zoology .

Appointment Information

Appointment Information

Most employees will be appointed to the Trainee 1 job title.

Appointments to this job title require a two-year traineeship that starts at the Trainee 1, G-13, and advances, after one year of acceptable performance, to Trainee 2, G-14. After one year of acceptable performance as a Trainee 2, employees advance to the Environmental Program Specialist 1, G-18, job title described above. No further Civil Service examination is required for advancement from Trainee 1 to Trainee 2, or from Trainee 2 to the Environmental Program Specialist 1, G-18.

Advanced Placement Appointments - For most trainee titles, employees may be able to be appointed directly to the Trainee 2 level or to the full performance title if they meet certain qualifications. This is known as advanced placement and is at the discretion of the hiring agency. View the qualifications for advanced placement, at:

To Apply

You must have or expect to receive a bachelor's or higher degree by September 1, 2020.

The 2019 PCO will be open for application from January 18, 2019. To apply for the examination for this PCO Select Job Title you must apply for the PCO examination by February 20, 2019, fill out and submit the PCO Questionnaire by April 5, 2019, and take the PCO written test in April of 2019. The application for and information about the PCO examination is at: