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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/21/24

Applications Due03/06/24

Vacancy ID151739


AgencyParks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, Office of

TitleProgram Research Specialist 1 / Program Research Specialist Trainee 1/2 (NS) NYS HELPS

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade18

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 0%

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? No

County Albany

Street Address 625 Broadway

City Albany


Zip Code12238

Minimum Qualifications This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS).*

To be considered for appointment through NY HELPS, or 55 b/c, candidates must meet the open-competitive minimum qualifications for this position. The qualifications are:

A bachelor's degree or higher including or supplemented by nine semester credit hours in biostatistics, data analysis, or data modeling, economics, econometrics, *mathematics, research methods, or statistics.
*For the purposes of this examination qualifying mathematics courses will include actuarial science, finance, and mathematics.

Advanced placement to the trainee 2 or SG-18 level may be possible depending on education and experience and subject to agency approval.

Candidates may also be qualified for permanent competitive appointment if reachable from the appropriate Civil Service eligible list or eligible for reassignment or transfer in accordance with Civil Service Law.

Additional Comments:

*For the duration of the NY HELPS Program, this title maybe filled via a non- competitive appointment, which means no examination is required but all candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of the title for which they apply. At this time, agencies may recruit and hire employees by making temporary appointments. In May 2024, if a temporary NY HELPS employee is satisfactorily performing in the position, the appointment will be changed from temporary pending Civil Service Commission Action to permanent non-competitive and the official probationary period will begin.

At a future date (within one year of permanent appointment), it is expected employees hired under NY HELPS will have their non-competitive employment status converted to competitive status, without having to compete in an examination. Employees will then be afforded with all of the same rights and privileges of competitive class employees of New York State. While serving permanently in a NY HELPS title, employees may take part in any promotion examination for which they are qualified.

Duties Description The Program Research Specialist 1, SG-18, is assigned to the Division of Environmental Stewardship and Planning’s Statistical Analysis Section and reports to the Program Research Specialist 2, SG-23.

One of the core functions of the DESP Planning and Analysis Bureau is obtaining, maintaining, and interpreting descriptive statistics about the State Park System. It collects data such as park attendance and revenue on a statewide, park and activity basis; it collects information about park users (demographics) and performs subject specific data collection (surveys; camping, golf, marina, trail user data; visitor satisfaction ratings; activity participation and more.) The bureau is also responsible for maintaining various databases and producing reports about individual state parks and the state park system.??

The Program Research Specialist 1’s duties:

• Works with business units to develop and build models in support of analytic use cases.
• Reviews and suggests improvements to current or planned systems and processes.
• Conducts surveys general population, facility specific, topic specific and professional surveys in the following subject areas:
o Visitor use and preference surveys in support of master plans,
o General visitor survey
o General citizen survey conducted every 5 years in support of the federally mandated Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), as well as to support the 5 year Statewide Historic Preservation Plan.
• Performs data extraction, aggregation, and quality checks from multiple sources and tables in support of trend identification and root cause analysis.
• Formats raw data, performs preliminary analysis, proofs data and reports, and implements quality control measures.
• Documents studies and preliminary analysis performed.
• Compares disparate datasets produced by other State Park staff to determine similarities, differences, and trends, such as attendance, revenue, or water quality results year-over-year.
• Conducts economic or market analysis in support of capital and planning projects.
• Summarizes results into accurate and informative reports of dat analysis to be provided to agency staff.
• Collaborates with staff to develop business intelligence solutions

Additional Comments Preferred Qualifications:
• Coursework, internship, or professional experience in designing research projects related to users, uses and needs of parks, developing and implementing surveys, analyzing survey results, and assessing trends
o Demonstrated ability to design research projects to assess park users, park uses, and park needs; develop and implement surveys at a variety of scales, analyze raw data; produce descriptive statistics and develop reports based on results
o Demonstrated ability to determine sample size, sampling methodology, and digital and analog survey methods
o Ability to apply statistical methodology to complex data
o Ability to use statistics to make forecasts and to provide projected figures
o Ability to present information in a variety of formats
• Software experience or coursework in:
o IBM SPSS, R or equivalent statistical software package
o Microsoft Access and Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point), Forms, Power Automate.
• Use of web-based survey applications such as Survey Monkey and/or Survey123 is required.
• Internet and library research skills and good communication and technical writing skills are preferred.
• A working knowledge and use of Adobe Creative Suite (In Design, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat Pro), ArcGIS (ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro) and ArcGIS Online are considered helpful.
• Previous related coursework, fieldwork, or professional experience in survey/data collection and economic modeling is also helpful.
o Coursework or professional experience including but not limited to statistics, economics, economic modeling, research methods, data visualization, predictive analysis, data science, survey research, survey data collection.

There are various benefits that a permanent employee is entitled to, based on their negotiating unit:
• Vacation, Holiday, Sick, And Personal Leave
• Health Care Coverage
• Retirement Plan
• Payroll Deduction Savings Plans
• Tuition Assistance Programs
• Life Insurance and Disability Insurance
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Employee Wellness Program (EWP)

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Name Annette Sattinger



Email Address


Street 625 Broadway

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12239


Notes on ApplyingIf you feel you meet the minimum qualifications and the Agency’s operating needs and are interested in being considered for this vacancy, Please forward your application, resume, and 3 supervisory work-related references to with the Subject line “Program Research Specialist 1” or mail your application, resume, and references to Annette Sattinger, Human Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12238.

It is the responsibility of each applicant to accurately describe their experience and demonstrate that they meet the minimum qualifications and operational needs for the position.

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