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Biologist Trainee 1 (Aquatic), G-13

Occupation Group

Natural and Physical Sciences

General Information

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Job Description

Biologists perform professional biological conservation work to protect, manage, and restore New York State's fish, wildlife, and marine species, and these species' habitats. Employees develop scientific expertise within the covered areas; apply general theories and principles of resource management to particular situations; evaluate ecological conditions and data; make recommendations; author various written products; interact with the public; perform administrative functions related to the area of purview; and may supervise subordinate staff.  All positions exist within parenthetic titles that designate specialization in a certain area.  Employees within the "Aquatic" parenthetic perform scientific, technical assistance, and communication duties relating to fish populations and fisheries; review and analyze project proposals; and implement angler recruitment programs.  These positions primarily are located in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and may work at a central office or regional offices.

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 18 semester credit hours in acoustic sampling of fish populations, applied biostatistics for the biological sciences, aquaculture, aquatic ecology, aquatic entomology, aquatic habitat management, aquatic insects, biology of aquatic ecosystems, biology of aquatic invertebrates, biology of fishes, biological limnology, conservation biology (aquatic), creel and angler surveys, ecology of aquatic ecosystems, ecology of freshwater fishes, ecology of marine fishes, environmental statistics, fish behavior, fish biology, fish culture, fish diseases, fish nutrition, fish pathology, fish physiology, fish population dynamics, fish propagation, fish taxonomy, fisheries economics, fisheries science, fisheries techniques, fishery management, fishery management techniques, fishery resource management, fisheries seminar, fishery statistics, fluvial geomorphology, freshwater ecology, freshwater invertebrates, genetics of fish, ichthyology, lentic and lotic ecosystems, limnology, mathematical modeling of fish populations, marine fisheries management, marine fisheries science, perturbations of fishes, physical limnology, population ecology, principles of fishery science, principles of fishery management, production biology of aquatic (fishery) environments, phylogeny of fishes, quantitative ecology, radio telemetry of fishes, statistical methods in research, stream ecology, stream restoration, techniques of fishery science, or urban fishery management.

Examples of Non-Qualifying Courses: animal behavior, animal ecology, entomology, general oceanography, invertebrate zoology, marine pollution, physical oceanography, terrestrial ecosystems ecology, wetland systems.

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 Biologist 1(Aquatic), 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 Biologist 1(Aquatic).

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: