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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 11/27/23

Applications Due12/13/23

Vacancy ID144788

AgencyEnvironmental Conservation, Department of

TitleResearch Scientist 2- Forest Health

Occupational CategoryI.T. Engineering, Sciences

Salary Grade22

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $77600 to $98252 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 10%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 4 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address 56 Game Farm Road

City Delmar


Zip Code12054

Minimum Qualifications Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree and three years of professional research experience in an appropriate scientific field (e.g., environmental science, forestry, forest health, conservation biology, ecology, biological sciences). Substitution: a Master’s degree in an appropriate field may substitute for one year of experience and a Ph.D. in an appropriate field may substitute for an additional year of experience. Preferred qualifications include: ability to develop statistically robust experimental designs, interpret and analyze ecological data, produce technical reports, make defensible decisions and recommendations, and communicate technical information to diverse audiences; knowledge of northeastern forest ecology, invasive species, tree identification, and native forest pests and diseases; strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to review the work of others in a constructive manner. Area of Specialty is Forest Health and preference will be given to candidates who possess academic credentials and experience in the following fields: forest health, forest entomology, forest pathology, invasive species; dendrology; experimental design and statistical analysis.

Duties Description The Bureau of Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health’s (BISEH) Forest Health Section works to protect New York’s forests from the impacts of harmful forest pests, diseases, and invasive plants. We detect, evaluate, and monitor threats to forest health and mitigate impacts through direct control efforts and/or the coordination of statewide management responses. The Section delivers technical guidance and management advice to private and public land managers.
The Research Scientist 2 (RS2) serves as the Forest Health Diagnostics Lab (FHDL) manager. The FHDL provides diagnostic services to stakeholders and conducts or directs research related to the biology, impact and management of native and invasive forest pests and diseases. Research activities at the Lab include the development or evaluation of new survey tools, phenological studies of forest pests and diseases, invasive species host risk assessments, and evaluation of management efficacy through pre- and post-treatment monitoring studies. The RS2 will be responsible for facilitating and directing research studies under the direction of the Forest Health Section Chief and research collaborators, general Lab management, supervision of Lab staff, grant proposal development, and production of technical reports and publications.

Specific duties and responsibilities will include the following:

Coordinate the development and execution of research projects that further our understanding of biotic and abiotic forest damage-causing agents and the management thereof:
• Develop and/or assist with research proposal development; ensure staff have all resources and permits needed to complete work; coordinate field activities
• Collaborate with state and regional partners on regional research and monitoring efforts; develop or assist with federal grant proposal submissions and fulfill grant reporting requirements
• Publish scientific papers or technical reports on research findings and communicate results to program staff, key stakeholders, and state and federal partners
• Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks and participating in professional societies

Supervise lower-level Research Scientists:
• Provide administrative guidance and leadership in planning, organizing and directing research projects and forest health investigations
• Supervise data collection, management and analysis
• Ensure staff complete orientations and mandated trainings; perform annual evaluations and develop staff program plans

Manage the day-to-day functions of the Diagnostic Lab:
• Implement and/or maintain safety lab procedures
• Work with Program Aid to maintain inventory, procure and purchase equipment and supplies as necessary
• Train staff on proper use of equipment
• Coordinate use of lab facilities by external partners

Provide diagnostic support, technical guidance and management advice to private and public land managers:
• Give educational presentations to statewide partners and the general public
• Respond to press and social media inquiries; contribute to internal DEC publications and external newsletters
• Perform site visits, diagnose tree health problems and generate reports for land managers
• Work with PRISMS, local governments, conservation organizations and other land managers to provide expertise on local projects

Additional Comments Must have a valid driver’s license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Travel may be required. Telecommuting may be available, will be discussed at interview.

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

Name Heath Boomhower

Telephone 518-402-9273

Fax 518-402-9038

Email Address


Street 625 Broadway

Personnel, 10th Floor

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12233


Notes on ApplyingPlease mail/email your resume and transcripts to the above. Be sure to include Posting #23-144788 on your resume and in the subject line of your email or it may not be accepted.

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