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Research Scientist 1 - Water Pollution

Company name
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

From $55494 to $70566 Annually

Albany, NY

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Environmental Conservation, Department of


Research Scientist 1 - Water Pollution

Occupational Category

I.T. Engineering, Sciences

Salary Grade


Bargaining Unit

PS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary Range

From $55494 to $70566 Annually

Employment Type


Appointment Type

Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class

Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage




Hours Per Week




8:30 AM


5 PM

Flextime allowed?


Mandatory overtime?


Compressed workweek allowed?


Telecommuting allowed?




Street Address

625 Broadway





Zip Code


Minimum Qualifications

Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in the field of

Limnology, Biology, Environmental Science or Ecology and

two years of professional research experience in water

quality analysis or lake management, OR a Master's degree

in the field of Limnology, Biology, Environmental Science or

Ecology and one year of professional research experience in

water quality analysis or lake management.

Duties Description

Under the technical and administrative supervision of the

Lake Monitoring and Assessment Section Chief, Professional

Engineer 2, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

Water Quality and Limnological Tasks

Evaluate lake and stream water quality data for lake

assessments, pollutant trackdown, and evaluation of the

causes and sources of use impairments and water quality

problems, including HABs.

• Assist in the development of individual lake reports, PWL

fact sheets, and assessments developed for both DEC

staff and public use in support of public reporting

• Collaborate with other LMAS, DOW and Agency staff in

the analyses and interpretation of environmental data to

assist in developing in -lake water quality models, load

and wasteload allocations, and other water quality

evaluations in support of DOW and Agency initiatives

• Collaborate with other DOW and Agency staff in regards

to evaluation and interpretation of Agency permitting,

regulations and policies as they relate to lake

management activities under the authority of the Agency.

• Collaborate with other LMAS, DOW and Agency staff in

the development and implementation of new or modified

lake management-related policies, including those

directed to the management of water quality problems

(including nutrient inactivants and numeric nutrient

criteria) and invasive species problems (including aquatic

pesticides and benthic barriers)

• Provide technical assistance to lake associations,

managers, and the public in regards to lake management

activities, consistent with Agency policy and regulations

• Work with other LMAS and DOW staff to prepare papers

for publication in peer-reviewed journals

Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program and Lake


Assist LMAS staff and the NYS Federation of Lake

Associations (NYSFOLA) in the administration of the CSLAP

program, including site selection, development of training

and sampling materials, conducting volunteer training,

administering CSLAP contracts, coordinating laboratory

services, and managing other logistic tasks

• Coordinate HABs sampling and logistics with other LMAS

HABs program activities

• Review field and laboratory data and work with LMAS

staff to enter and extract data from the LMAS databases,

and work with other LMAS and Stream Monitoring and

Assessment Section (SMAS) staff to conducted shared

database updates and coordination

• Prepare program quality assurance documents, including

SOPs and QAMPs, in accordance with

• Conduct public outreach in support of CSLAP objectives.

including presentations at technical conferences and

periodic lake association meetings, website development,

and coordinating monthly committee calls with NYSFOLA

• Assist in analyzing data. developing content, and writing

lake and regional reports in support of EGL reporting

requirements and consistent with DOW reporting


• Assist other LMAS staff in lake sampling through the DEC

Lake Classification and Inventory (LCI) survey

HABs Implementation Program

Research the design and development of HABs mitigation

projects related to in-lake management activities, including

nutrient activation, algacides, hypolimnetic aeration, and

other physical, chemical and biological management actions

for reducing HABs impacts.

• Collaborate with consultants and other technical experts

working with DOW staff to conduct HABs mitigation projects

Minimum Qualifications Strictly adhered to based on Civil Service

requirements Additional Comments

• Work with other LMAS and DOW staff on the

development of a HABs research agenda

• Collaborate with staff from the Bureau of Water Resource

Management to develop and implement the HABs

mitigation program that provides essential pollutant load

reductions in concert with other in-lake and watershedbased

state of the art management techniques.

• Participate in Agency review of proposed in-lake HABs

mitigation strategies for which DOW review and

permitting is required

Additional Comments

Additional Qualifications

• Strong familiarity with limnology, including recent

advances in limnological evaluation of cyanobacteria

blooms and innovations in lake management;

• Strong public speaking skills and ability to describe

complex issues to stakeholders and the public in simple


• Strong writing skills, with an emphasis on distilling

complex limnological evaluations for public understanding

of these issues;

• Competence in statistical analysis of large data sets;

• Good understanding of NYS water quality standards,

regulations and DOW technical, operational and guidance

documents as they pertain to lake management;

• Competence in GIS and skills in geospatial analysis of

environmental data

• Skills in relational databases and maintenance, including

skills in R or other programming languages

• Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills;

• Willingness to participate in overnight travel during the

field sampling season

• Comfortable working in, trailering and operating canoes

and small power boats in a variety of settings, including

remote ponds and polluted urban lakes

• Ability to carry gear for up to a half mile over rough terrain

• Must have valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position.

• Must be able to negotiate difficult terrain.

• Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions .

• Travel and overnight travel may be required.

• Must be able to lift and move objects up to 50 pounds.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.


Megan Miller





Email Address



625 Broadway





Zip Code


Company Profile
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was created on July 1, 1970 to combine in a single agency all state programs designed to protect and enhance the environment.

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