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Environmental Specialist 1, G-18

Occupation Group

Natural and Physical Sciences

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Job Description

Environmental Specialists perform technical analysis, research, and training related to the interaction of the State's environment and the State's transportation network and transportation projects.  Employees analyze various environmental concerns.  Employees write reports; make recommendations; develop policy and procedures for a variety of environmental issues; provide technical expertise on environmental matters to other staff; and/or coordinate obtaining environmental permits and approvals.  Employees play a variety of roles in the production of a variety of written materials.  These positions are mostly located in the Department of Transportation, with a few positions in the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the Thruway Authority, and the Canal Corporation.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Bachelor's in anthropology, archeology, atmospheric science, biology, chemical engineering, coastal resources management, cultural resources and historic preservation studies, ecology, ecosystem management, environmental and community land planning, environmental and natural resources conservation, environmental biology, environmental engineering, environmental health, environmental management, environmental planning, environmental resource engineering, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental toxicology, forest biology, forestry, forest science geographic information systems, geography, geological engineering, historic preservation, hydrology, land use planning, meteorology, natural resources management, natural resources planning, urban forestry, water and wetland resources management, or water wetlands and marine resource studies; AND two years of professional environmental analysis experience*.


A bachelor's by 30 semester credits hours in acoustics, air pollution, American architectural history, animal behavior, aquatic resources, archaeology, architectural history, atmospheric science, botany, chemistry, cultural resource management, dendrology, ecology, environmental law, environmental preservation law, forestry, global/natural environment, historic preservation planning, Historic preservation, historic preservation law, landscape architecture, Native American studies, public archaeology, natural resources, meteorology, silviculture, soils, transportation systems, wildlife biology, or zoology; AND two years of professional environmental analysis experience *.

Substitution: a qualifying master's degree can substitute for one year of the professional experience. a qualifying PhD can substitute for two years of professional experience.

* Professional environmental analysis experience must include substantial involvement (at least 50% of your time) in the preparation and review of environmental impact analyses, requiring knowledge and application of state and federal environmental laws, regulations, methods, procedures and standards. This must also include preparation of technical analyses on environmental impact matters, providing consultation on environmental impact laws, rules, and regulations or conducting office evaluations and field investigations related to environmental regulatory programs.

Appointment Information

Appointment Information

Candidates may also be appointed to a traineeship to this job title from the PCO eligible list. See the Select Job Titles description for more information.

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: