Environmental Chemist 3 - Grade 27

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This title exists in Environmental Conservation, Dept of and has approximately 6 positions.

*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 Environmental Chemist Trainee 1
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Environmental Chemist Trainee 1 13 $49,363 $63,169
Environmental Chemist Trainee 2 14 $52,198 $66,634
Environmental Chemist 1 18 $65,001 $82,656
Environmental Chemist 2 23 $84,156 $106,454
Environmental Chemist 3 27 $103,784 $127,830
Environmental Chemist 4 64 $123,793 $156,224

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Job Duties

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.

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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.

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.


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

How to Apply

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Mobility Options

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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.

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