Occ. Code 1621100

                                                                                                                   

 

                                       

MINED LAND RECLAMATION SPECIALIST 1, GRADE 18

1621100

MINED LAND RECLAMATION SPECIALIST 2, GRADE 23

1621200

MINED LAND RECLAMATION SPECIALIST 3, GRADE 27

1621300

                                       

                                       

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

Mined Land Reclamation Specialists are responsible for the regulation of the mining industry under the Mined Land Reclamation Law, State Environmental Quality Review Act and the Uniform Procedures Act. They are charged with carrying out the policy of the State to foster and encourage the development of an economically sound and stable mining industry and the orderly development of domestic mineral resources, including performing technical and environmental reviews on mining and reclamation plans and procedures, investigating complaints, conducting enforcement, attending public hearings, approving or denying reclamation work, performing on-site inspections, and maintaining the mined land reclamation program databases and files.

 

These positions are classified only in the Department of Environmental Conservation.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

MINED LAND RECLAMATION SPECIALIST 1: full performance level; performs the full range of duties associated with technical and environmental reviews on mined land reclamation permit applications. Is the frontline field representative for the program conducting inspections, enforcement and outreach.

 

MINED LAND RECLAMATION SPECIALIST 2: first supervisory level; in regional offices, manages the regional mined land reclamation program ensuring region-wide uniformity of the mined land reclamation program implementation.  In the central office, supervises a team of Mined Land Reclamation Specialists and related technicians and manages sections of the mined land reclamation program.

 

MINED LAND RECLAMATION SPECIALIST 3: one position class; supervises and directs the activities, and ensures the state-wide uniformity of implementation, of the mined land reclamation program.


RELATED CLASSES

 

          Engineering Geologists at the Department of Environmental Conservation review and analyze geologic data related to investigations of groundwater, water supply, solid or hazardous waste disposal sites. Positions within the Department of Transportation are involved with issues concerning bedrock including slope work, rock outcrop mapping, and water wells in rock; investigating rock falls; providing assistance in rock blasting issues; evaluating aggregate sources for transportation projects; reviewing  geologic source reports; evaluating  engineering properties of aggregates; and conducting aggregate studies and friction investigations.

 

Mineral Resources Specialists perform technical and environmental evaluations of all drilling permit applications and resolve any technical questions or deficiencies; conduct detailed safety inspections of drilling and production equipment; inspect underground natural gas storage, liquefied petroleum gas storage and solution mining facilities and analyze inspection and withdrawal/production data; investigate complex complaints, accidents and non-routine incidents involved with drilling, completion or production; and perform basic mineral resource analyses/studies, undertake enforcement, and assist in managing computerized information systems.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

MINED LAND RECLAMATION SPECIALIST 1: under the supervision of a Mined Land Reclamation Specialist 2, performs technical and environmental review of new and renewal applications for mining permits in environmentally sensitive areas; performs detailed site inspections to evaluate existing conditions, viability of proposed plans, and potential impacts on surrounding properties; establishes reclamation financial security dollar amount and makes final decision on mining permit application; inspects mines to ensure compliance with Mined Land Reclamation Law; documents findings and instructs violators on how to correct violations; assesses concurrent reclamation at mine sites to ensure compliance with approved plans and permit conditions and recommends remedial actions where appropriate; assists the mined land supervisor in enforcement actions; assesses final reclamation at closed mines including final grading, successful re-vegetation, water control features, visual screening, water impoundments, and dispositions of wastes; investigates and resolves inadequate reclamation work and suspected cases of mine abandonment; participates in industry and government meetings relating to the minerals industry; and assists in conducting workshops and training seminars for the mining industry, government agencies, consultants and the public.

 

 


MINED LAND RECLAMATION SPECIALIST 2: under the direction of a Mined Land Reclamation Specialist 3, or a Regional Supervisor of Natural Resources, performs the duties of a regional or central office mined land reclamation program manager or administrator; supervises and evaluates subordinate professional and technical staff; informs supervisor of permit approvals or denials that are likely to be exceptionally controversial or lead to litigation; coordinates response to FOIL requests; provides mining text for the Departments Unit Management Plans; leads negotiating sessions to resolve environmental concerns and other matters subject to controversy; assists legal staff in the preparation of litigated cases; attends public hearings; undertakes enforcement actions; conducts complex analyses and studies in support of mining and mined land reclamation; reviews regulatory fee disputes; assesses program performance by developing and maintaining communication networks and reporting systems; and reviews proposed legislation that impacts the States mined land reclamation operations.

 

MINED LAND RECLAMATION SPECIALIST 3: under the direction of the Mineral Resources Specialist 5, supervises and directs the activities of the Mined Land Reclamation program; provides guidance and direction to subordinates on program activities, regulatory functions, mineral and mining advocacy, long-term minerals management initiatives and related activities; directs staff meetings and training seminars; establishes program goals; directs the development of policy and technical guidance documents related to the program; develops and maintains uniform regulatory enforcement protocol for mined land reclamation program in cooperation with regional staff, enforcement staff, attorneys and supervisors; coordinates and suggests amendments to the Mined Land Reclamation Law and proposes changes to existing  rules and regulations; assigns, reviews Unit Management Plans; reviews and approves reports and studies concerning minerals management, and mined land reclamation; serves as the agency representative in matters of local, Statewide, or national/international interest as directed by supervisory staff; provides testimony as a witness; responds to legislative inquiries, press inquiries or other interested parties inquiries regarding proposed changes to the statute or rules and regulation; works with permit administration to evaluate and improve mining application processing that includes joint efforts to streamline Mined Land Reclamation Law, State Environmental Quality Review Act, Uniform Procedures Act and the State Historic Preservation Act; approves leasing of State lands for non-fuel mineral extraction; assesses supply-demand relationships of New Yorks mineral resource needs; and assesses the impacts and implications of mineral importation and offshore (ocean) mining. May serve as the Divisions representative to national inter-governmental organizations such as the Interstate Mining Compact Commission.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

MINED LAND RECLAMATION SPECIALIST 1

 

Promotion: one year of service as a Mineral Resources Technician 2

 

Open-Competitive: bachelors or higher level degree in hydrology, agriculture, agronomy, botany, environmental or natural sciences, forestry, geography, geology, horticulture, landscape architecture or mining; or in agricultural, chemical, civil, environmental, mining, petroleum or geological engineering, AND one year of professional experience in mining and/or reclamation of land.

 

MINED LAND RECLAMATION SPECIALIST 2

 

Promotion: one year of service as a Mined Land Reclamation Specialist 1.

 

Open-Competitive: bachelors or higher level degree in hydrology, agriculture, agronomy, botany, environmental or natural sciences, forestry, geography, geology, horticulture, landscape architecture or mining; or in agricultural, chemical, civil, environmental, mining, petroleum or geological engineering AND three years of professional experience in mining and/or reclamation of land.

 

MINED LAND RECLAMATION SPECIALIST 3

 

Promotion: one year of service as a Mined Land Reclamation Specialist 2.

 

         

Date:  6/15

 

 

 

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. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.