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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 11/27/23

Applications Due12/13/23

Vacancy ID144823

AgencyEnvironmental Conservation, Department of

TitlePesticide Control Specialist 1 / Trainee 1 and 2

Occupational CategoryI.T. Engineering, Sciences

Salary GradeNS

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

Salary RangeFrom $47925 to $80248 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 5%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8:30 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address 625 Broadway

City Albany


Zip Code12233

Minimum Qualifications Reassignment – Currently in the title and an employee of DEC.


Reinstatement Eligible – Previously held the title on a permanent competitive basis or held a title as indicated under the transfer eligible section on a permanent competitive basis.


Transfer Eligible – One year of permanent competitive service at Salary Grade 11 or higher and:
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.4: Must meet the open competitive minimum qualifications below:

55-b/55-c candidates must meet the open competitive minimum qualifications below and include with their resume or application, a copy of the letter from Civil Service which indicates approval for the 55-b/55-c program.

Open competitive minimum qualifications (provided for 55 b/c candidates and 70.4 transfer eligibles): A bachelor’s degree of higher in agriculture, agronomy, agricultural science, animal science, aquatic biology, biochemistry, biology, botany, chemistry, ecology, ecosystem management, engineering, engineering technology, entomology, environmental biology, environmental education, environmental health, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental toxicology, forest biology, forest science, forestry, geochemistry, geology, horticulture, marine biology, marine science, microbiology, natural resources, natural science, physical science, plant pathology, urban forestry, wildlife biology, or zoology.

Duties Description Responsible for enforcing State and Federal pesticide laws and regulations and providing pesticide-related outreach and assistance. Duties involve coordinating efforts with other Sections and Committees in the Bureau of Pesticides Management, Regional staff, the Division of Materials Management, and other Divisions of the Department to provide a consistent interpretation of the laws and regulations pertaining to pesticides. This position will be responsible for the coordination of USEPA grants, work plans and reporting, and coordinating and tracking pesticide inspections and enforcement actions to provide consistent enforcement of the Department’s statute and regulations. Duties involve implementation, design, and analysis of the Bureau’s comprehensive, in-house, database system, responding to FOIL requests, and providing technical guidance and support to DEC Regional and Central Office staff, other agencies, the regulated community, and the general public. Duties may include assisting with the administration of the Pesticide Applicator Certification and Pesticide Business Registration programs. Duties may involve investigating reported cases of pesticide misuse and pesticide-related incidents, conducting inspections, collecting samples, writing clear and accurate reports, and providing testimony in support of investigations, to substantiate and document violations of pesticide laws, rules and regulations. Duties may require obtaining federal inspector credentials necessary to conduct investigations on behalf of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Essential Functions

• Must be highly motivated and able to problem-solve and make decisions.
• Must be very organized and able to effectively manage multiple tasks and requests for technical assistance.
• Must possess good verbal and written communication skills.
• Must be able to prepare and orally present information, while presenting a professional public image. Experience with presentations and utilizing software for presentations is necessary.
• Must be able to write, research, interpret and apply environmental laws, regulations, and guidance.
• Must have good interpersonal skills and be able to interact and communicate effectively and professionally with the general public, DEC staff, other federal, state and local agencies, and the regulated community.
• Must be able to get along well with co-workers, supervisors, and supervisory staff.
• Must answer telephones and emails promptly and professionally.
• Must have a working knowledge of and be able to manage information in databases and spreadsheets.
• Must participate in annual personal and professional development training.

Additional Comments Must have a valid driver’s license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Use of personal protection equipment, including a respirator, will be required. Must be able to negotiate difficult terrain Must be able to work in remote areas. Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions. Travel may be required. Overtime may be required. Overnight travel may be required. Weekends and holidays may be required. Must be available for emergency response. Must be available to respond to after-hours emergencies. Must complete an annual Health and Safety Program including medical monitoring, fit testing, and 40 (or 8) hour OSHA HAZWOPER certification. Must be able to lift and move objects up to 50 pounds. Telecommuting may be available, will be discussed at interview.

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

Name Sherri Montross

Telephone 518-402-9273

Fax 518-402-9038

Email Address


Street 625 Broadway

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12233


Notes on ApplyingPlease email or mail your resume to the above. Be sure to include Posting #23-144823 on your resume or it may not be accepted.

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