Assistant Geologist

Grade 20

New York State has approximately 80 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in various agencies statewide. 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

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Geologist Trainee

    Similar to Grade 18

  2. Assistant Geologist

    Grade 20

  3. Professional Geologist 1

    Grade 24

  4. Professional Geologist 2

    Grade 27

  5. Professional Geologist 3

    Grade 64

Summary of Job Description

Engineering Geologist 1 was renamed Assistant Geologist effective November 29, 2018.  

As an Assistant Geologist, you would be responsible for performing, supervising, analyzing, interpreting, and preparing reports of findings for geologic and geophysical work for transportation projects, structural sites, hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal sites, mining operations, geologic hazard evaluations, and the development and evaluation of groundwater supplies. Depending on the agency you are employed by, you would make recommendations pertaining to slope designs and foundation designs of structures; evaluate, conduct, and/or supervise blasting operations; evaluate the stability of slopes and make recommendations for stabilization and protection of highways and structures; conduct petrographic, lithologic, topographic, hydrogeologic or structural geologic analyses; evaluate soil and water quality sampling and testing procedures and protocols; evaluate and interpret soil and water quality data including the use of statistical analyses; evaluate groundwater contaminant fate and transport mechanisms; and analyze rock cores, aggregate samples and/or boring logs, and evaluate the suitability of sand, gravel, and bedrock for use as stone filling, riprap, or construction aggregates. Geologic and hydrogeologic evaluations may include the use of computer-assisted techniques including groundwater flow modeling and geographic information system analysis. You also may assist in the preparation and review of the geologic aspects of engineering and environmental investigations, reports, and studies. Duties may be performed in the field on projects and job sites, in the office, and/or in a laboratory.

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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.

Please note that the Engineering Geologist 1 has been renamed Assistant Geologist as of November 29, 2018.

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, the candidate must be a qualified employee of New York State and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as an Engineering Geologist.

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

A bachelor's degree or higher in earth science, engineering geology, environmental geology, environmental geosciences, geochemistry, geological engineering, geology, geological science, geophysics, or hydrogeology, AND:


1. Proof of passing the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) Fundamentals of Geology (FG) examination,*


2. A professional geologist licensure with current registration.

*You will be required to provide proof of passing the Fundamentals of Geology to the hiring agency prior to appointment.

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.

26-765 37-223

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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