Professional Career Opportunities - Job Title Details

Biologist Trainee 1 (Ecology), G-13

Occupation Group

Natural and Physical Sciences

Salary Information

Starting Salary


Career Ladder Information

Salary Information for Biologist Trainee 1 Ecology
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Biologist Trainee 1 Ecology 13 $49,363 $63,169
Biologist Trainee 2 Ecology 14 $52,198 $66,634
Biologist 1 Ecology 18 $65,001 $82,656
Biologist 2 Ecology 23 $84,156 $106,454
Biologist 3 Ecology 25 $93,530 $117,875
Biologist 4 Ecology 63 $108,665 $137,319

All salary grades for trainees titles are non-statutory (NS) equated to the salary grade identified. These grade equations apply to the starting salaries in their respective salary schedule for the traineeship levels.

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 "Ecology" parenthetic focus on reviewing, and coordinating and assessing others' review of, impact and risk assessments for various projects and disturbances impacting fish and wildlife habitats; and undertake or recommend appropriate actions, such as mitigation plans, accordingly.

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 with 18 semester credit hours in aquatic ecosystem restoration and enhancement, behavior of fish, behavior of wildlife, behavioral ecology, biology of fish, biology of wildlife, biostatistics, biomonitoring, conservation biology, conservation ecology, community ecology, community dynamics, ecological data analysis, ecological modeling and design, ecological risk assessment, ecology, ecology and management of invasive species, ecology of fish, ecology of freshwater or marine organisms, ecology of freshwater wetlands, ecology of wildlife, ecology of plants, ecology of habitats, ecosystems, ecotoxicology, environmental contamination, environmental toxicology, endangered species, entomology, environmental impact analysis, environmental impact assessment, forest ecology, fisheries management, habitat analysis, habitat geographic information system (GIS) analysis, habitat protection, habitat quality, habitat evaluation, habitat management, habitat restoration, herpetology, hydrogeomorphology, hydrobiology, hydrology, ichthyology, limnology, mammalian ecology, mammalogy, management of habitats management of populations, marine ecology, mycorrhizal ecology, ornithology, plant ecology, population dynamics, population ecology, population management, population analysis, restoration and management, research in ecology, statistics in ecology, stream resource protection, systems ecology, urban wildlife, urban habitats, watershed-based conservation, watershed-based management, wetland resources, wetland restoration, wetland science, wetland and stream resources, or wildlife management.

Examples of Non-qualifying Courses: agriculture or domestic animal specialties, climate change, earth science, dendrology, environmental ethics, environmental planning, evolution, extinction, forest or forestry resources management, human population dynamics, human ecology, oceanography, silvicultural, taxonomy, water pollution control.

Advanced Placement

If chosen, you may, at the agency's discretion, be appointed to a higher level. You must inform the agency of any additional qualifications at your interview.

View Additional Qualifications

For Trainee 2 you must also have:

Either 1. One year of professional experience in ecology; OR

2. A master's degree in natural science or natural resources.

For the Full Performance Level you must also have:

Either 1. Two years of professional experience in ecology; OR

2. A PhD in natural science or natural resources; OR

3. Certification by the Ecological Society of America as a Certified Ecologist.

How to Apply

The November 2022 PCO Examination is closed, applications are no longer being accepted