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New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard


          Conservation Operations Supervisors oversee the maintenance, rehabilitation, improvement, or construction of facilities and infrastructure, including buildings, trail systems, campgrounds, recreation facilities, automotive maintenance centers, communication networks, flood control structures, environmental education centers, fish hatcheries, water access sites, state forests, and wildlife management areas, in the Department of Environmental Conservations regions. Incumbents supervise one to multiple crews, and assist in coordinating a variety of site specific maintenance projects, material and equipment purchases, and monitor all activities related to the maintenance of facilities and property. Conservation Operations Supervisors may be assigned to remote areas, where a high degree of independence is required in the performance of their duties and responsibilities.


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




          CONSERVATION OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR 1: first supervisory level; supervises lower level maintenance positions, seasonal staff and volunteers assigned to the maintenance and operation of agency facilities; may operate heavy equipment such as backhoes.


          CONSERVATION OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR 2: second supervisory level; supervises several work crews, typically lead by Conservation Operations Supervisors 1, at multiple locations, engaged in the improvement, repair, construction and maintenance of buildings and other regional infrastructure.


          CONSERVATION OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR 3: third supervisory level; manages a regional working circle or sub-office (a cluster of field offices, shops, garages, storage buildings and/or campgrounds, depending on the region), typically with direct supervision over multiple Conservation Operations Supervisors 2; assists the regional Conservation Operations Supervisor 4 with budgeting, hiring, training, and evaluation of program needs for the campground programs within the working circle or regional sub-office.


          CONSERVATION OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR 4: management level; one position per region, oversees the regional conservation operations, maintenance and management of the agencys lands, facilities, motorized equipment, roadways, trails, flood control systems and structures, public campgrounds, and maintenance centers.




          Park Supervisors 1 and 2 are working supervisors responsible for planning, coordinating, and overseeing the maintenance and operations activities at a State park or historic site. Working under the general direction of higher level personnel, such as Park Managers or Historic Site Managers, Park Supervisors plan, assign, and assist with the completion of work projects, develop and implement programs and services for the public, and perform various administrative duties. They may function as first or second-in-command of a facility.


          Maintenance Supervisors 1, 2, and 3 are responsible for supervising, coordinating, and directing the activities of skilled, semiskilled, and unskilled trades positions engaged in maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, and construction activities at State facilities.


          Park Managers 1, 2 and 3 plan, direct, and coordinate the operations, recreation activities and facilities, maintenance, programs, and non-Park Police related security at an assigned park or group of parks.


          Highway Maintenance Supervisors 1 and 2 supervise and work with a crew of laborers and operators of various sized equipment involved in highway maintenance and repair projects in a Department of Transportation residency.




          CONSERVATION OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR 1: reviews construction and maintenance activities performed by crews or contractors; requisitions and maintains records of supplies, materials, and equipment; prepares work plans and reviews time and activity sheets for subordinates; operates a variety of power tools and equipment; ensures that assignments are completed safely and effectively; operates heavy equipment, as needed; performs minor equipment maintenance tasks; and trains and coordinates activities of seasonal staff.


          CONSERVATION OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR 2: oversees crews working on several diverse projects, including the maintenance, rehabilitation, improvement, or construction, either by contract or Department of Environmental Conservation personnel, of facilities, buildings, trail systems, recreation facilities, or automotive maintenance centers; assists a Conservation Operations Supervisor 3 within a working circle, and directs all maintenance activities within an assigned area or project of the working circle; provides instructions to lower level staff on project priorities, work schedules, equipment needs and health and safety issues;  purchases, distributes, and maintains inventories of supplies and equipment; and travels within a geographical area observing work in progress and completed for adherence to schedules, industry standards, and regulatory compliance.


          CONSERVATION OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR 3: plans, budgets, schedules, and completes a variety of maintenance and construction projects, including monitoring project-related health and safety issues; manages automotive fleets, recreation facilities, communication networks and flood emergency operations; develops and implements an annual work plan, which consists of scheduled maintenance of grounds, paved roads, trails, flood control structures, such a levees and dams, and remediation of damage caused by storms, erosion and public use; plans for the maintenance of regional facilities, such as regional offices, sub-offices, field facilities, shops, garages, and storage buildings; schedules and orders the maintenance and repair of motorized equipment, such as boats, trucks, automobiles, tractors, plows, and smaller power tools and equipment, ensuring that the appropriate equipment is available and in proper working condition; maintains, repairs and manages public use facilities, such as campgrounds, boat launches and hiking trails, including collecting fees and issuing permits; provides assistance to the agencys engineers in developing plans and specifications, inspecting contractor work, and serving as contractor liaison; evaluates the performance of subordinate staff, and assists lower level supervisors with supervisory responsibilities; and assumes all of the duties and responsibilities of a Conservation Operations Supervisor 4 in their absence.


          CONSERVATION OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR 4: manages various support and services programs within a region, including the regional recreation and transportation services programs; plans, organizes, directs and controls fiscal and human resources for regional operations; manages electronic support services for radio systems and computer systems; oversees regional infrastructure construction, maintenance and repair; manages the recreation program for State-owned lands in the region; interacts with various agencies, public interest groups, local governments, volunteer groups, and other organizations in matters related to the States campgrounds programs, facilities and infrastructure; assists with State Land Management Plans; may be required to participate in public hearings and other official events; and assists regional management with budget requests and preparation.






Promotion: one year of service as a Construction Equipment Operator, General Mechanic, Labor Supervisor, Maintenance Assistant, Maintenance Assistant (Electrician), Maintenance Assistant (Mechanic), Maintenance Assistant (Parks), or Park Worker 3.


Open-Competitive: three years of experience in general construction or maintenance.




Promotion: one year of service as a Conservation Operations Supervisor 1.


Open-competitive: four years of experience in building maintenance, mechanical maintenance, or construction of which one year must have been in the administration of the program. An associates degree including 18 semester credit hours in science or applied science in civil, electrical, mechanical, forest, or construction technology may substitute for one year of the required specialized experience.




Promotion: one year of service as a Conservation Operations Supervisor 2.


Open-competitive: five years of experience in building maintenance, mechanical maintenance, or construction of which two years of which must have been in the management of the program. An associates degree including 18 semester credit hours in science or applied science in civil, electrical, mechanical, forest, or construction technology may substitute for one year of the required specialized experience.




Promotion: one year of service as a Conservation Operations Supervisor 3.


Date:  8/16

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.