Professional Career Opportunities - Job Title Details
Biologist Trainee 1 (Ecology), G-13
Natural and Physical Sciences
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. 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.
Who has this title?
You must meet the requirements below to qualify for this title.
Bachelor's or higher degree with 18 semester credit hours in courses related to ecology, environmental contamination, habitat protection, restoration and management. Such courses include ecotoxicology, environmental impact assessment, forest and soil ecology, habitat restoration, limnology, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, watershed conservation, or wetland and stream resource protection.
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: https://www.cs.ny.gov/pco/advanced.placement.MQ.pdf.
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: https://www.cs.ny.gov/pco/.