Occ. Code 1631220





New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard





            Environmental Program Specialists 2 are program supervisors with responsibility for environmental program development and support functions in various environmental quality areas.  Environmental Program Specialists 2 apply their knowledge of environmental science and environmental legislation, rules, and regulations to identify and develop solutions to environmental issues.  As specialists in a particular program area or subject matter, incumbents provide technical advice, consultation and guidance on programs and issues to program staff, agency officials, consultants and members of the regulated community, special interest groups and the general public.  Positions in this title are classified in the Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Park Agency and the Canal Corporation.




            ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM SPECIALIST 2:  unit supervisors; oversees the work of several professional and paraprofessional staff and are responsible for the administration of an entire program area or a portion of a significantly large or complex program.




            Environmental Program Specialists 1 perform a variety of tasks including carrying out small projects, serving as a member of a project team to complete segments of larger more complex projects, as assistants to higher level professional staff, or reviewing regulated activities affecting one of the environmental quality or other program areas.




Assists in the development of management plans to meet specific needs of an environmental quality program in one of the following areas: source control, enforcement, source monitoring, data quality assurance, research, environmental impacts, or program administration. 




Develops and implements strategies to address environmental issues or to answer program needs to prevent or control a specific environmental problem.


Supervises and directs staff to accomplish objectives. 




Coordinates activities between programs, bureaus, divisions, regions, the regulated community, the public, federal and local governments and other State governments.


Develops federal grant budgets and program fiscal plans.




Coordinates the preparation and monitoring of program work plans prepared for federal grants and for continuous program planning purposes.


Coordinates the administration of an environmental quality program to ensure program uniformity, the satisfaction of local needs, and the accomplishment of program objectives.


Serves as liaison between an environmental quality division and other divisions on matters concerning public participation for the State’s environmental management programs.





Prepares detailed investigation reports that contain analyses and interpretations of findings and recommends possible courses of action.





Implements computer database and tracking programs related to required program reports and records.


Develops and conducts workshops and training sessions for program staff and/or the regulated community.




              Environmental Program Specialists 2 have supervisory responsibility for subordinate professional staff.  Non-supervisory positions of Environmental Program Specialist 2 may be classified based upon a demonstrated high level of specialized technical knowledge, expertise and the responsibility for Statewide implementation and/or administration of a significant or complex departmental activity or program.




Promotion:   one year of permanent competitive service as an Environmental Program Specialist 1.





Date:  11/03


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.