Professional Geologist 1

Grade 24

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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

As a Professional Geologist 1, in addition to the duties performed by Assistant Geologists, you may be responsible for the following: analyzing the results of investigations, field or laboratory procedures, geologic reports, and geophysical data; making recommendations pertaining to rock slope designs and foundation designs of structures; evaluating the suitability of blasted bedrock for use as stone-filling and riprap; preparing specifications and developing testing and quality assurance for mineral aggregates; investigating and resolving problems relating to aggregate performance; supervising laboratory and field testing of soils and aggregates; supervising petrographic determinations and making geologic recommendations on aggregate applications and the performance of aggregate in pavements, concrete, and other engineered applications; and performing studies to improve methods and equipment used in geological studies. You may plan and evaluate hydrogeological investigations of waste disposal sites that may include developing investigation work plans for dissolved and free phase containment migration in overburden and bedrock aquifers; interpretation of drilling logs, well construction diagrams and borehole geophysics; determining the influence of stratigraphy on containment migration; evaluating mass transport of containments in saturated media; determining the influence of transmissivity, dispersion and geochemistry on containment degradation and application of remediation technologies; use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and/or remote sensing instruments, techniques and software; interpreting historical land use, land forms or environmental conditions from imagery, maps or other records to assess containment locations; use of computer modeling and statistical interpretation of environmental data. You may also evaluate the development of proposed and management of existing groundwater and surface water supplies; assessment of water supply pumping tests; perform aquifer determinations; conduct soil and groundwater quality evaluations; develop and/or analyze geologic and hydrogeologic investigations, reports, studies and management plans; regulate water well contractors; and communicate with the public and industry professionals regarding groundwater and water supply issues. Duties may be performed in the field on projects and job sites, in the office, and/or in a laboratory. You may supervise subordinate technical, geologist, administrative or support staff as required.

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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, as of November 29, 2018 Engineering Geologist 2 was renamed Professional Geologist 1.

There are two examinations for this position. Please note, New York State employees may qualify for both. You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.

For employees of New York State, on or before the date of the examination, you 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 Assistant Geologist or Engineering Geologist 1 AND a New York State Professional Geologist's license and current registration at the time of appointment.

For all other qualified individuals, on or before the date of the examination, you must have a New York State Professional Geologist license and current registration AND one year of post-licensure experience as a geologist.

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.

26-845 38-665

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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