Environmental Conservation Investigator 1

Grade 17

New York State has approximately 37 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 Conservation Investigator 1

    Grade 17

  2. Environmental Conservation Investigator 2

    Grade 19

Summary of Job Description

As an Environmental Conservation Investigator 1, you would be a sworn Police Officer with the Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation. You would conduct long-term investigations into the criminal and civil violations of the Environmental Conservation Law and the Penal Law when it applies to violations involving the environment and/or natural resources. Assigned duties often require you to work at sites contaminated with hazardous substances and other hazards. You would conduct lengthy, covert and detailed investigations; execute search warrants; write complex reports; make arrests; testify in court and administrative hearings; and deal with other matters concerned with investigations. You would also be required to prepare all necessary reports and legal documents associated with the duties of this position.

View the classification standard for this title, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.

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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 that fill for this title. Please note that current employees of New York State may qualify for both.

For employees of New York State, on or before the date of the examination, the candidate 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 Conservation Police Officer Trainee 1,* Environmental Conservation Police Officer Trainee 2,* or Environmental Conservation Police Officer.

*If you pass the examination for Environmental Conservation Investigator 1 (Exam No. 38-399) you will be restricted from appointment from the eligible list until you have one year of service as an Environmental Conservation Police Officer.

For all other qualified individuals:
On or before the date of examination, you must have:

Either 1: a bachelor's or higher-level degree; AND two years of experience as a Police Officer (as defined in Criminal Procedure Law, section 1.20 or Federal Law Enforcement Officers as defined in Criminal Procedure Law Section 2.15) which must have been in an investigatorís title conducting field investigations;*
2: an associate's degree; AND four years of experience as a Police Officer (as defined in Criminal Procedure Law, section 1.20 or Federal Law Enforcement Officers as defined in Criminal Procedure Law Section 2.15) two years of which must have been in an investigatorís title conducting field investigations.*

*Field Investigation is gathering and securing information and evidence from a variety of sources, away from your official work station, through independent, non-structured activities including the preparation and submission of detailed narrative reports, in support of legal activities which could lead to prosecution. Experience in positions such as Police Detective, State Insurance Investigator, Federal Investigator, and investigative position in the Armed Forces, or in full time field investigation positions involving trial preparation are examples of what might be considered as meeting the experience requirement.

Examples of experience that will not qualify as field investigation include but are not limited to: auditing, inspections, police patrolling, guarding or watching, credit checking, and positions in tax collecting.

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.

26-670 38-399

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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