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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.

Bachelor's or higher degree in Anthropology, Archeology, Atmospheric Science, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Biology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Planning, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Forest Biology, Forest Sciences, Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Geological Engineering, Historic Preservation, Land Use Planning, or Meteorology;


Bachelor's or higher degree with 30 credits hours of course work in; acoustics, air pollution, american architectural history, animal behavior, aquatic resources, archaeology, architectural history, atmospheric science, botany, chemistry, cultural resource management, dendrology, ecology, environmental preservation law, forestry, global/natural environment, historic preservation, historic preservation planning, historic preservation, historic preservation law, native american studies, public archaeology, natural resources, meteorology, silviculture, soils, wildlife biology, or zoology.

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 full performance, 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. For additional appointment information, see the Appointments tab in the PCO Overview.

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 Full-level title - This job title is also filled at the Full-level (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

To apply for the examination for this PCO Select Job Title you must apply for the PCO examination by February 22, 2017, fill out and submit the PCO Questionnaire by April 5, 2017, and take the PCO written test in April of 2017. The application for and information about the PCO examination is at: