Environmental Radiation Specialist 2

Grade 23

New York State has approximately 6 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in Environmental Conservation, Dept of. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

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  1. Environmental Radiation Specialist Trainee 1

    Similar to Grade 13

  2. Environmental Radiation Specialist Trainee 2

    Similar to Grade 14

  3. Environmental Radiation Specialist 1

    Grade 18

  4. Environmental Radiation Specialist 2

    Grade 23

  5. Environmental Radiation Specialist 3

    Grade 27

Summary of Job Description

As an Environmental Radiation Specialist 2, you would review reports and evaluate data on radiological contamination in the environment; review work plans for radiological investigations, monitoring programs, and site remediation; develop recommendations for further action for supervisory review; prepare correspondence commenting on or conveying the approval of plans and permits; in the field, observe remedial operations; measure radiation levels; install and maintain radiation monitoring devices; collect samples of environmental media; package samples and ship to laboratories for analysis; use and maintain radiation detection instruments; select laboratory analyses for radioactive contaminants in environmental samples, exposure pathway analyses, and radiation dose projections; evaluate resulting radiological data; write reports of field work; and issue 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.

In addition, you would also supervise and train Environmental Radiation Specialist 1; supervise a permitting program to regulate discharges of radioactive material; review selected applications and all permits prepared by subordinates prior to approval; review and revise regulations to conform to federal and State laws and regulations governing radioactive discharges and disposal; review reports, data collections results, and proposed actions prepared by subordinates; provide the necessary expertise, as needed, in enforcement actions carried out by the agency; participate in public hearings and meetings on proposed regulations, radiological impacts, and technical evaluations of permit applications; and assign tasks to subordinates, set deadlines for completion of tasks, read drafts of regulations to determine their accuracy, effectiveness and feasibility, and direct subordinates to make necessary corrections.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.

There are two examinations held for this position. Please note: New York State employees may qualify for both.  

For employees of New York State, on or before the date of the examination, candidates must be a qualified employee of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as an Environmental Radiation Specialist 1.

For all other qualified individuals, on or before the date of the examination, candidates must have:

Either 1. a bachelorís degree in biological, environmental or physical science; chemistry; chemical, environmental or nuclear engineering; health physics; or nuclear medicine technology, AND three years of professional experience in radiological science or nuclear engineering, one year of which must have included direct supervision of health physics staff or radiation safety staff;*

Or 2. a masterís degree or higher in any of the disciplines listed above AND two years of the qualifying experience noted above, one year of which must have included the supervisory experience noted above.

*Examples of experience that will qualify are radiation protection or control which may include:

a.ensuring compliance with radiation safety protocols to meet regulatory standards

b.implementation of basic health physics practices

c.use of radioactive isotopes or management of radioactive waste

d.use of radiation detection and measurement instruments

e.characterization of environmental radiological contamination

Examples of non-qualifying experience include, but are not limited to: experience limited to the use of X-ray equipment, such as an X-ray technician.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.

26-518 38-087

How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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