Assistant Geologist - Grade 20

Positions in this title can be hired through NY HELPS

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This title exists within Various New York State Agencies and has approximately 80 positions statewide.

*The number of positions is approximate and represents the number of positions established (both filled and vacant); it is not an indication or reference to position type or duration, or intent to be filled.

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Salary Information for Geologist Trainee
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Geologist Trainee 18 $65,001 $82,656
Assistant Geologist 20 $72,032 $91,381
Professional Geologist 1 24 $88,639 $111,897
Professional Geologist 2 27 $103,784 $127,830
Professional Geologist 3 64 $123,793 $156,224

All salary grades for trainees titles are non-statutory (NS) equated to the salary grade identified. These grade equations apply to the starting salaries in their respective salary schedule for the traineeship levels.

This title may exist in more than one negotiating unit. This salary schedule represents the most typical salary for this title. Click here to view additional salary information regarding the various bargaining units.

An individual's final salary is determined by the Office of the State Comptroller. This salary schedule does not reflect any Special Salary Treatments

Job Duties

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

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26-765 37-223

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. Job postings on StateJobsNY will contain the most up-to-date qualifications.

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Mobility Options

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through transfers opportunities or other examinations.

For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322.

You can also visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists.

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