Minimum Qualifications Provisional Qualifications- You must be a qualified employee of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation or the Adirondack Park Agency and have had one year of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as an Environmental Program Specialist 1.
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 21 or higher and:
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.1: One year of permanent competitive service as a Climate Policy Analyst 2, Environmental Analyst 2, Environmental Radiation Specialist 2,Environmental Specialist 2, Forester 2, Public Participation Specialist 2, Public Participation Specialist 3, Sanitary Construction Inspector 3
The successful candidate should have following preferred qualifications:
• Ability to find creative solutions to difficult and complex problems within a team atmosphere.
• Experience with stormwater management and stormwater pollution prevention plans.
• Existing knowledge and skill set related to the environmental management and review of green/renewable energy, sediment dredging, and energy transmission projects.
• Strong public speaking skills and demonstrated ability to address controversial topics in a public setting.
• Familiarity with Federal, State and Local Agencies and Non-Governmental organizations involved in green/renewable energy and energy transmission projects.
• Expertise in MS Office Suite, especially proper best practices in the use of MS Excel, Word, Teams, etc…
• Background in hydrogeology, hydrology, watershed science, civil/water resources engineering, or closely related field.
• Working knowledge of ArcGIS, specifically LiDAR digital elevation models. Preferred candidates will have experience with 1D and 2D modeling, AutoCAD and Civil 3D software, with ability to analyze/convert surfaces to support H/H modeling program demands.
Duties Description OVERVIEW:
New York State’s renewable energy targets and initiatives are some of the most aggressive in the nation. As a result, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), specifically the Division of Water (DOW), has experienced a significant increase in workload related to the implementation of green energy projects to meet these targets. These new targets and initiatives include but are not limited to: (1) the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefits Act (ARG&CBA), including the establishment of the new expedited Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) Executive Law Section 94-c process (94-c) and an expedited Article VII process for transmission projects; (2) Tier 4 of the Clean Energy Standard, which includes the development of the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) and Clean Path NY transmission projects; (3) increased offshore wind procurement goals, including $500 million in additional investment for port infrastructure and additional offshore wind generation and transmission; (4) an increase in the distributed solar target from the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s (CLCPA) 6 GW to 10 MW; and (5) other initiatives, including the doubling of NY’s energy storage target, the phasing out of fossil fuel facilities in certain areas, and other regulatory and project targets.
In response to the growing volume of work related to NY’s green energy targets and initiatives, DOW is developing a new Green Energy Management Section (GEMS), to oversee and manage the Division’s portfolio of green energy projects statewide. This Environmental Program Specialist 2 (EPS2 - SG 23) position will assist the Section Chief in charge of supervising the section and its work related to green energy projects and other clean energy or climate projects as assigned. The EPS2 will oversee the work of several staff within the GEM section and assist in administering various green energy program areas for DOW. The GEM Section is within DOW’s Bureau of Water Compliance and reports directly to DOW’s Central Office.
The EPS 2 in DOW’s GEM Section will be responsible for assisting in overseeing, coordinating, and completing project activities which support the Division’s response to the above referenced portfolio of projects facing the Agency. This includes, but may not be limited to:
• Supervision of some GEM Section staff specific to the EPS 2’s portfolio of project management. Staff being supervised may be co-located at Central Office or within Regional Offices.
• Assist in routine coordination with DEC’s Division of Environmental Permits (DEP) and other DEC programs on Green Energy activities with regard to NYS Article 7, 10, and 15 and 94c regulations. Support the GEM Section Chief in coordinating between DEC programs and regional activities.
• At the direction of the Section Chief and in cooperation with DEP, assist in coordinating DOW program requirements through external partners (Department of Public Service (DPS), Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES), Agriculture and Markets (A&M), NYS Canal Corporation, etc.).
• Act as DOW’s primary contact and coordinator of Dredging/Sediment Disturbance Water Quality Certification Review Process (includes Green Energy and transmission line installation, remedial and navigational dredging, and other review). Coordinate the work of DOW staff in various other programs as it relates to dredging and sediment disturbance, including regional staff and staff within the Lake Monitoring and Assessment Section. Includes oversight of sediment quality and sediment disposal options to ensure monitoring and handling protocols are appropriate/reflective of current practices. Maintain DOW Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the Sediment Assessment and Management Program. Oversee dredging/sediment disturbance projects and settlement discussions for DOW to create statewide consistency in review of project materials, responses to technical questions, and participation in settlement negotiations. Represent DOW on routine settlement discussions and negotiations throughout the year.
• Assist in carrying out compliance and enforcement strategies for all Green Energy projects. Includes assisting in the coordination and oversight with Regional and Central Office staff for inspections, compliance, and enforcement actions as well as independently completing such inspection, compliance, and enforcement actions.
• Assist in the development and management, as well as conduct and completion of, training and outreach for external partners on inspections and compliance programs for Green Energy. Including, guidance documents, checklists, and presentations.
• Assist in development of, and conduct, training and outreach to design professionals and developers on dredging and construction practices. May require development of out of state certification or guidance programs.
• Assist in development of, and conduct, training and outreach to municipal entities (non-MS4/MS4) for guidance on local consideration for green energy programs related to water quality programs. This includes consultation with Environmental Justice and Disadvantaged Communities.
• Assess and provide outreach on new construction practices. Develop guidance and/or update applicable design standards including those related to stormwater management practices and erosion and sediment control solutions. Under the direction of the Section Chief, work with DOW’s Bureau of Water Permits (BWP) staff in updating solar design practices and other practices as assigned to maintain the NYS Storm Water Design Manual.
• Provide training in development and review of storm water pollution prevention plans (SWPPP). Coordinate with Regions and external partners for SWPPP overflow review. Develop SOP for Green Energy Project SWPPP reviews including establishing lead review for various projects (by type, time, practices, etc) and establishing consistency protocol. Complete various SWPPP reviews for various renewable energy projects.
In addition to the aforementioned essential duties, the successful candidate must also:
• Have a valid driver’s license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position.
• Be willing to travel to all DEC state-wide regional offices and the offices of various Federal agency partners.
• Available to work over-time, on occasion, as needed to complete the work of the Division
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. Overtime may be required. Overnight 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.
Notes on ApplyingPlease email/mail your resume to the above. Be sure to include Posting #23-144839 (Repost of 23-142192) on your resume and in the subject line of your email or it may not be accepted.