Professional Career Opportunities - Job Title Details

Industrial Hygienist Trainee 1, G-14

Occupation Group

Natural and Physical Sciences

General Information

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Job Description

Industrial Hygienists conduct occupational health inspections of office buildings or facilities to determine or advise on compliance with applicable health standards.  Employees often work in the field.  Employees seek to identify and evaluate health standards violations and occupational health hazards such as those associated with exposure to various chemicals and other substances or with noise, vibrations, temperatures, light, and energies. These positions are mostly located in the Department of Labor, with a few positions in the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Health, and the Thruway Authority.

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 audiology, bacteriology, biochemistry, biology, biophysics, biostatistics, chemical engineering, chemistry, community health, environmental biology, environmental engineering, environmental health, environmental planning, environmental toxicology, epidemiology, genetics, geochemistry, health physics, human development, hydrology, industrial hygiene, medical science, medical technology, molecular biology, nursing, occupational health, petroleum engineering, physics, public health, or toxicology; including or supplemented by 8 semester credit hours in chemistry.

Other Requirements

Physical/Medical Requirements

Your physical and medical condition will be evaluated to ensure that you are able to satisfactorily perform the duties of this position with or without reasonable accommodation. The physical/medical standards include evaluation of vision, color vision, hearing, cardiovascular system, and respiratory system. To obtain a complete statement of the physical and medical standards go to or write to the Medical Review Unit, NYS Department of Civil Service, 55 Mohawk Street, Suite 201, Cohoes, NY 12047. A medical examination will be required prior to appointment, and you are responsible for payment of the clinical laboratory test fee. Appointees to this position may be required to undergo periodic medical examinations to reassess their ability to perform the essential duties of the position. Eligibles will be called to the physical/medical screening in score order as needed to fill existing and anticipated vacancies.

Background Investigation

Because of the nature of the position there is an investigative screening. All convictions must be reported. Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor or any falsified or omitted information may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case is determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of state and federal laws. You will be responsible for finger printing fees.

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-14, and advances, after one year of acceptable performance, to Trainee 2, G-16. After one year of acceptable performance as a Trainee 2, employees advance to the Senior Industrial Hygienist, G-20, 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 Senior Industrial Hygienist.

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: