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Environmental Specialist Trainee 1, G-13

Occupation Group

Natural and Physical Sciences

General Information

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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.

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 including or supplemented 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.


A bachelor's degree 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.

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 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 full performance job title.

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:

Appointment to the Environmental Specialist 1 - This job title is also filled at the Environmental Specialist 1(G-18). See the Select Job Title information for Environmental Specialist 1 to review the additional qualifications for the full performance level title.

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: