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TENTATIVE

                                                                                            Occ. Code 1620100

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION SPECIALIST 1, GRADE 18

1620100

ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION SPECIALIST 2, GRADE 23

1620200

ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION SPECIALIST 3, GRADE 27

1620300

 

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

Environmental Radiation Specialists perform pathway analyses and dose assessments for proposed and existing discharges of radioactive material; review environmental reports for radiological impacts and prepare recommendations; review and revise regulations to conform to federal and state laws and regulations governing radioactive discharges and disposal; and perform field investigations, including radiation surveys and sample collections and analyses.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

          ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION SPECIALIST 1:  full performance level; performs radiological impact assessments, inspections and enforcement actions of active sites seeking permits for release or emission of radiation and legacy radiologically contaminated sites.

 

          ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION SPECIALIST 2: first supervisory level; oversees the work of Environmental Radiation Specialists 1 assigned to a unit; trains subordinates in the proper use of radiation survey instruments and proper application of various sampling techniques; oversees major permit requests and large clean-up projects of legacy contaminated sites.

         

          ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION SPECIALIST 3: second supervisory level; leads and oversees the work of various units managed by Environmental Radiation Specialists 2.

 

RELATED CLASSES

 

Environmental Chemists assist various environmental programs in all areas of environmental chemistry relating to sampling, laboratory procedures, laboratory analyses, data evaluation and data interpretation. Positions in this series test groundwater, surface water, soil, sediments, air, plants, animal or fish tissues and solid and hazardous materials to determine the presence of contaminants, to identify their source, to gauge compliance with environmental laws and regulations, and to evaluate current or potential adverse impacts on the environment.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION SPECIALIST 1: reviews reports and evaluates data on radiological contamination in the environment; reviews work plans for radiological investigations, monitoring programs, and site remediation; develops recommendations for further action for supervisory review; prepares correspondence commenting on or conveying the approval of plans and permits;  in the field, observes remedial operations; measures radiation levels; installs and maintains radiation monitoring devices; collects samples of environmental media; packages samples and ships to laboratories for analysis; performs gamma spectroscopy analysis on samples; uses and maintains  radiation detection instruments; selects and performs laboratory analyses for radioactive contaminants in environmental samples, exposure pathway analyses, and radiation dose projections; evaluates resulting radiological data; writes reports of field and laboratory work; and issues new permits, regulating the type and amount of permitted radiological emissions or releases, their impact on the environment, and the required steps to be taken to mitigate this impact. 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION SPECIALIST 2: in addition to the duties listed above, supervises and trains Environmental Radiation Specialists 1; supervises the preparation and promulgation of regulations related to siting criteria of disposal facilities and compliance with the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Act; establishes and supervises a permitting program to regulate discharges of radioactive material; reviews selected applications and all permits prepared by subordinates prior to approval; provides project management and radiological expertise for the agencys review of proposed sites; reviews and revises regulations to conform to federal and State laws and regulations governing radioactive discharges and disposal; reviews reports, data collection results, and proposed actions prepared by subordinates; provides the necessary expertise, as needed, in enforcement actions carried out by the agency; participates in public hearings and meetings on proposed regulations, radiological impacts, and technical evaluations of permit applications; and assigns tasks to subordinates, sets deadlines for completion of tasks, reads drafts of regulations to determine their accuracy, effectiveness and feasibility, and directs subordinates to make necessary corrections.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION SPECIALIST 3: reviews and monitors the agencys rules and regulations for the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Radioactive Materials (6 NYCRR 380), and any new federal regulations for the control of radioactive materials; provides recommendations for revisions to 6 NYCRR 380 with regard to radiation control policies and goals; supervises the activities of staff assigned to monitor, on site, the construction and operation of low-level radioactive waste facilities; supervises the radiation monitoring systems and emergency response program for low-level waste; provides technical support to the States Citizen Advisory Committee on Permanent Disposal Facilities Siting and Disposal Method Selection, and to the Department of Healths education program; plans and directs pre-construction environmental radiation monitoring on and near the site of low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities; supervises the development and promulgation of regulations governing closure and post-closure plans for low-level radioactive waste facilities; and manages staffing, training, budgeting, program planning, staff evaluations, and day-to-day supervisory activities of the radiation section.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION SPECIALIST 1

 

Open Competitive: a bachelor's or higher-level degree in biological, environmental or physical science, radiological or nuclear engineering, chemistry, or nuclear medicine technology, and two years of professional experience in radiological science, radiological engineering, or nuclear engineering. A master's degree in radiological, nuclear, or environmental engineering; or in health physics may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION SPECIALIST 2

 

Promotion: one year of service as an Environmental Radiation Specialist 1.

 

Open Competitive: a bachelor's or higher-level degree in biological, environmental or physical science, radiological or nuclear engineering, chemistry, or nuclear medicine technology, and three years of professional experience in radiological science, radiological engineering, or nuclear engineering, one year of which must have included direct supervision of health physics or radiation safety staff. A master's degree in radiological, nuclear, or environmental engineering; or in health physics may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

 

          ENVIRONMENTAL RADIATION SPECIALIST 3

 

Promotion: one year of service as an Environmental Radiation Specialist 2.

Date:  3/17

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. For current information on minimum qualifications please contact the Division of Staffing Services.