Occ Code 4028030

 

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST, GRADE 15

4028030

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST 1, GRADE 20

4028031

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST 2, GRADE 24

4028032

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST 3, GRADE 27

4028033

 

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

            Engineering Geologists exist primarily in the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Transportation.  Field assignments are a requirement of all positions in this series in each agency.  Incumbents working for 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, water wells in rock, investigating rock falls, providing assistance in rock blasting issues, evaluation of aggregate sources for transportation projects, review of geologic source reports, evaluation of engineering properties of aggregates, and conduct of aggregate studies and friction investigations.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST: entry level; under the direct supervision of higher level engineers, performs initial geologic investigations; collects and interprets geologic data; assists in preliminary review of site work plans and monitoring systems; and performs aggregate source investigations.

 

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST 1: full performance level; works under the general supervision of higher level engineers; work is expected to be technically accurate, complete, and in compliance with engineering principles and theories; acts as project managers on less complex projects.

 

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST 2: first supervisory level, supervises lower level Engineering Geologists; serves as project managers for specific work sites and directs all on-site activities; operates with a high degree of independence.

 

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST 3: functions as a section head; operates with the highest level of independence.  Typically classified in central office.

 

RELATED CLASSES

 

Civil Engineers perform professional engineering work in planning, design, inspection, construction supervision, maintenance and technical review and evaluation of roads, bridges, railroads, airport structures, materials, bedrock and geotechnical conditions, waterways, traffic control systems and intersections, and related structures and equipment.

 

Environmental Engineers perform professional environmental engineering work in areas such as: wastewater disposal, air and water pollution control, hazardous waste remediation, solid waste disposal, hazardous substances regulations, or spill prevention, response and remediation.

 

Environmental Specialists perform technical analysis, research, and training to determine the impact of transportation projects on noise levels, water quality, air quality, groundwater, and other environmental concerns, write reports, make recommendations or develop policy and procedures for a variety of environmental issues, provide technical expertise on environmental matters to staff of other programs preparing Environmental Impact Statements, and coordinate obtaining environmental permits and approvals.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST: performs initial geologic investigation of groundwater, water supply, solid or hazardous waste disposal sites; conducts appropriate research, field testing and collection of rock, soil, sediment, surface-and-ground water, leachate, waste or other relevant samples and evaluates possible sources and releases of contamination; collects, tabulates, and evaluates available work site monitoring information to determine trends and conformance with regulations and standards; uses appropriate databases and computer programs to inventory, tabulate, track, update, search and map geotechnical and related information; provides technical support to engineers by interpreting geologic data; assists in writing reports, which are the result of field investigation reports; assists in conducting annual field inspections of permitted facilities to ensure groundwater monitoring compliance; assists in the preliminary review of geologic and hydrogeologic reports submitted for permit applications for activities under purview of DEC or as mandated by Federal Law; provides construction assistance on rock scaling and bolting projects; determines appropriate modifications of rock joint systems as necessary; takes rock core samples and examines results; approves riprap and stone fill; inspects scaling, rock bolting, mesh, and fences; performs aggregate source investigations and aggregate tests; evaluates the engineering properties of aggregates; and performs petrographic analysis of aggregate samples.


 

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST 1: plans and conducts field and laboratory tests for defining geological problems; performs groundwater flow analysis and migration of contaminants; performs rock fall inspections and makes recommendations for remediation and cleanup; performs pump tests to determine well yield and recommends ways to improve yield; inspects and rates rock slopes for inclusion in Rock Slope Rating Database; performs rock outcrop and rock slope mapping with aid of Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) unit and laser rangefinder; performs field inspections of quarries and sand/gravel sources; conducts annual field inspections of permitted facilities to ensure groundwater monitoring compliance; reviews geologic and hydrologic reports submitted as part of permit activities; assists in the preparation of the technical comments detailing geotechnical deficiencies; collects geotechnical field data to ensure quality control of construction activities; prepares groundwater operations and maintenance inspection reports required by Federal mandate; assists in the evaluation of Well Head Protection Plans; assists in the implementation of the Comprehensive State Groundwater Protection Plan and Groundwater Management Plans for New York State; evaluates groundwater resources as part of aquifer determinations; responds to citizen inquiries and provides technical assistance; assists with the preparation or written responses to inquiries from the public; provides technical expertise in the construction of rock slopes; and reviews and evaluates aggregates.

 

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST 2: participates in negotiations and technical meetings with consultants and contractors; provides technical expertise to ensure implementation of appropriate site evaluation; prepares case reports and assists in the preparation and presentation of expert testimony and direct material testimony in adjudicatory hearings, in court and in other legal proceedings; works jointly with Environmental Engineers or independently in developing detailed work plans and environmental monitoring systems; reviews and provides in-depth analysis of geologic and hydrologic reports prepared for water supply or solid and hazardous waste facility owners as part of permit applications for construction; makes independent assessments of the more complex geologic field conditions; prepares reports and letters summarizing findings, recommendations and directions to other Department personnel, contractors/consultants; prepares technical comments detailing geographic deficiencies which are sent to the permit applicant for response; develops draft permits containing special conditions; participates in geotechnical meetings with applicants and concerned citizens, conducts comprehensive groundwater monitoring inspections and evaluations of groundwater monitoring and geotechnical activities related at permitted hazardous waste management facilities and determines compliance with federal and State regulations; assists attorneys in preparing warning letters, legal complaints, and Consent Orders; identifies appropriate elements of Well Head Protection Plans; works directly with communities and planning agencies providing technical expertise and guidance for groundwater management; may train and supervise subordinate engineering geologists; evaluates, conducts, or supervises blasting operations;  designs, evaluates and makes recommendations concerning rock slope stability; prepares specifications and testing and quality assurance procedures for mineral aggregates and investigates problems; evaluates aggregate sources for transportation projects; evaluates the engineering properties of aggregates; conducts friction studies; performs petrographic analysis of aggregate samples; and performs aggregate friction investigations. 

 

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST 3: drafts new or revised policies and procedures related to geotechnical principles and practices; develops management techniques and guidance for the protection and management of groundwater resources; consults and advises Division, Region, or Bureau Directors on geotechnical/hydrogeologic management programs; interprets, evaluates, and applies Department policies; represents the Department on advisory committees, task forces and other inter-agency activities; serves as technical coordinator of Departments staff for program-relevant training; makes technical presentations to professional societies, municipal governments, industry and the public; directly oversees the activities of Environmental Engineers and Engineering Geologists in a wide range of their activities; participates in geotechnical meetings with applicants and concerned citizens; gives expert testimony at legislative and adjudicatory hearings on the technical soundness of the permit application; hosts and conducts public meetings to explain the rationale for the Departments choice of actions and remedies at sites; performs special geological and mineralogical studies; and may act as Bureau Director or Bureau Chief in his/her absence fulfilling all requirements of that position.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST

 

Open Competitive: Bachelors or higher level degree including 60 semester credit hours in physical science and mathematics, at least 30 semester credit hours of which must be in geology, engineering geology, hydrogeology, geological engineering or geophysics.

 

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST 1

 

Promotion:  One year of service as an Engineering Geologist.

 

Open Competitive: Bachelors or higher level degree including 60 semester credit hours in physical science and mathematics, at least 30 semester credit hours of which must be in geology, engineering geology, hydrogeology, geological engineering or geophysics, and two years of professional experience in geology.

 

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST 2

 

Promotion:  One year of service as an Engineering Geologist 1.

 

Open Competitive: Bachelors or higher level degree including 60 semester credit hours in physical science and mathematics, at least 30 semester credit hours of which must be in geology, engineering geology, hydrogeology, geological engineering or geophysics, and four years of professional experience in geology.

 

ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST 3

 

Promotion:  One year of service as an Engineering Geologist 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date:  4/06

 

 

 

 

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.