Environmental Chemist 3

Grade 27

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

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. Environmental Chemist Trainee 1

    Similar to Grade 13

  2. Environmental Chemist Trainee 2

    Similar to Grade 14

  3. Environmental Chemist 1

    Grade 18

  4. Environmental Chemist 2

    Grade 23

  5. Environmental Chemist 3

    Grade 27

  6. Environmental Chemist 4

    Grade 64

Summary of Job Description

As an Environmental Chemist 3, you would:

Function as a Section Chief and provides advice on, and prepares, draft legislation, regulations, technical guidance and policy and procedure documentation for program implementation and improvement.

Prepare draft work plans and section budgets, making appropriate use of personnel, fiscal and material resources to accomplish objectives and sets priorities with staff to accomplish work plans and react to crisis situations or projects of immediate concern.

Plan, assign, schedule, review and evaluate the work of subordinate professional staff. Ensure that assignments are completed in a manner consistent with current Federal and State laws, regulations, policies and guidance.

Manage investigations or inspections of violations of the Environmental Conservation Law; respond to emergency situations involving hazardous waste spills and/or the prevention of environmental crimes.

Determine scope of work and supervise the undertaking of site specific environmental studies for the protection of public health and the environment, and assure that the proposed specifications for quality assurance/quality control plans are prepared in accordance with Federal and State guidelines, laws, regulations, and policies.

Develop contract requirements and specifications for the Department Analytical Services Contract Program; develop and implement a contractor selection and review process to assure that the successful bidders have the capability to provide the required support.

Work with representatives from the Divisions utilizing laboratory services to equitably distribute fiscal resources available based on priority of projects; allocate analytical laboratory capacity to maximize agency staff efficiency, while providing data continuity to long-term monitoring programs.

Serve as a Division Quality Assurance Officer and distributes quality assurance workload to subordinate staff to assure that timely reviews and guidance are provided to directors of monitoring projects and permit writers; assure that audit recommendations are incorporated into Central Office and Regional monitoring projects; communicate information regarding quality assurance needs and activities to Division management and United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Coordinate and oversee field investigations and remedial activities, including formal enforcement action, to ensure that responsible parties appropriately perform quality assurance remedial actions to correct identified deficiencies.

Establish criteria to prioritize compliance efforts, set standards for compliance strategy, and develop procedures for formal legal referral to alleviate existing practices leading to natural resources injuries.

Conduct meetings with public officials, concerned citizens, environmental professionals, industrial managers and their consultants, federal, state or local agencies and agency staff regarding projects and activities.

Participate, as directed, in interagency and interstate task forces, representing the Department on special projects or initiatives.

Review scientific literature to obtain information necessary to recommend steps or actions to mitigate unacceptable risks to human health or the environment from pesticides; develop monitoring programs to assess the effects of chemicals on the environment; develop rules, regulations and guidance regarding chemicals and the environment.

Coordinate a section's activity with those of interdepartmental or intra-departmental work teams and serves as a technical liaison representative.

Monitor and assure adherence to standard chemistry practices related to State regulations, policies and plans with respect to both administrative and technical responsibilities; provides expert opinion and assistance related to the chemistry component of all matters for the Division programs.

Provide technical and chemical interpretation and guidance to the Division Director and executive staff on matters related to the planned program responsibilities of the Division; serve on special assignments as the scientific coordinator for emergency response activities.

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

The NYS Title and Salary Plan provides additional information regarding other titles. If there is a classification standard available there will be a link under the column labeled STD. NO. If no link is available there is no classification standard available at this time for that title.

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.

For qualified employees of New York State on or before the date of filing application, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and have had three months permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as an Environmental Chemist 2.

Only the title or titles listed are qualifying.

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.


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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