Scientist (Water Ecology) – 2 positions

DEPT OF ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION - New York, NY (30+ days ago)3.9


The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protects public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees. DEP delivers more than 1.1 billion gallons per day of the highest quality drinking water to 8.5 billion NYC residents and more than 1 million people in Upstate New York, and has a wastewater conveyance and treatment system capable of processing over 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater per day to protect the environment and the city?s surrounding waterways.The Bureau of Water Supply seeks to hire two (2) Scientist (Water Ecology) Level II for positions in the Watershed Water Quality Operations Division, Grahamsville Laboratory, in Grahamsville, New York. The candidates will report to the Field Supervisor, and will be responsible for monitoring water quality parameters in the Catskill watersheds, approximately 90 miles north of New York City. Under general supervision, the selected candidates will collect field samples in streams and reservoirs, take in situ measurements, and maintain robotic monitoring equipment deployed in the watersheds. Additional tasks include: ? Assisting in the purchasing and maintenance of supplies and equipment? Maintaining and preparing field data and other records? Contributing to production of operational, compliance, and special investigation reports? Performing applicable quality control procedures and maintaining accurate records of quality control data. Special Working Conditions: Scientists (Water Ecology) may be required to work shifts including nights, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.Some of the physical activities performed by Scientists (Water Ecology) and environmental conditions experienced are: lift and carry packages weighing approximately 20 pounds for a distance of 30 feet; perform duties in confined work areas; wear protective garments such as gloves, lab coats, goggles, and life vests; handle and manipulate laboratory equipment and instruments/tools such as glass test tubes, slides, beakers and other glassware, scalpels, scissors, etc.; adjust settings on machines, which requires fine finger and hand coordination and control; and collect samples at sites in all weather conditions.(This is a brief description of what you might do in this position and does not include all the duties of this position.)

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. A masters degree from an accredited college or university in one of the following areas of study: environmental or chemical engineering, limnology, environmental science, marine science, geology, biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, or health science; or 2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with 24 semester credits in one or a combination of the areas of study described in ""1"" above, at least 12 of which must have been in one of these areas of study; and at least one year of satisfactory full time experience, which may not have been part of graduate or undergraduate course work, working in the field of water quality planning, management or research or performing environmental laboratory analyses, and/or environmental field sampling of water; or 3. An associate degree from an accredited college or university including or supplemented by 24 semester credits in one or a combination of the areas of study described in "1" above, at least 12 of which must have been in one of these areas of study; and at least three years of satisfactory full time experience as described in "2" above. Additional Requirements To be assigned to Assignment Levels II or III, all candidates must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university as described in "2" above and must have one additional year of the experience described in "2" above for a total of two years of experience. Special Note A master's degree from an accredited college in one of the areas described in "1" above may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience.

Preferred Skills

? MS Office including Outlook, Explorer, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.? Ability to train on database systems such as the Agency?s LIMS and WISKI data management systems? Familiarity with field water quality sampling and data collection techniques? A general knowledge of field sampling equipment and standard water quality sensors.? Experience using basic hand tools. ? Ability to think logically, focus on objectives, and prioritize multiple goals.? Ability to be trained to use environmental monitoring equipment such as YSI sondes and dataloggers? Excellent oral and written communication skills? Ability to complete assigned tasks on time.? A valid driver?s license is required.

Additional Information

DEP is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the diversity of our organization and workforce. Your voluntary response to the NYCAPS on-line application section for referral information will assist us tremendously in our ability to track the success or our outreach and recruitment efforts. Please be sure to indicate your source of referral to this job.Grahamsville is a hamlet in the Town of Neversink, Sullivan County New York approximately 107 miles northwest of New York City.

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Hours/Shift

35 hours per week / May be required to work shifts including nights, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Work Location

7870 State Road 42 Grahamsville, NY 12740

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is not required for this position.