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 As a Pesticide Control Specialist I (TR 1/2), under close and continuing supervision, you would be responsible for enforcing State and federal pesticide laws and regulations. You would inspect the operations of pesticide distributors and establishments selling pesticides. You would conduct pesticide use observations for agricultural and non-agricultural pesticide applications, which would include the inspection of pesticide storage areas and pesticide application equipment. You would inspect registered pesticide businesses and pesticide applicators. Inspections may include the monitoring and documentation of record keeping, worker protection practices, pesticide notification and posting requirements. You would inspect purchase and sale records of dealers selling and purchasing restricted use pesticides. You would monitor applicator certification and recertification training courses and proctor state certification examinations. You would provide technical review and issue aquatic pesticide permits, as well as monitor the use of the permitted aquatic pesticides. You would provide pesticide information, interpret regulations and make presentations to the regulated community and other interested parties. You would investigate pesticide use complaints, collect pesticide samples, prepare inspection reports and assist in preparing enforcement documents. You may be called upon to provide information for use in court prosecution or be a witness in administrative hearings or court proceedings.
• 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.
• Must obtain NYSDEC Pesticide Certification.
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 successfully complete (or have completed) the 40-hour OSHA 1910.120 training course and all other required training. 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.
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