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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/29/24

Applications Due03/29/24

Vacancy ID152539


AgencyOffice of Cannabis Management

TitleInvestigative Specialist 1 (Cannabis) (NY HELPS) - VID 152539

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade18

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

Salary RangeFrom $63108 to $80248 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 25%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Erie

Street Address 535 Washington Street, Suite 201

City Buffalo


Zip Code14203

Minimum Qualifications This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS)* and applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications to be considered for this position:

Six years of experience in a field investigative position conducting interviews of witnesses and others, taking written statements and affidavits, collecting and analyzing physical and documentary evidence, and preparing detailed written reports of investigative findings.

Types of Investigative experience that could be considered qualifying: experience in such positions as police detective, insurance investigator, licensed and registered private investigator, federal investigator, state investigator, municipal investigator, child protective services investigator, in an investigative position involving trial preparations and detailed reports, or investigations within a branch of the Armed Services are examples which meet the Minimum Qualifications.

Examples of non-qualifying experience include but are not limited to: experience in routine police patrol work, security guard or related security position, tax collector, collector of delinquent accounts, credit checker, legal assistant/attorney, hotel or store detective, loss prevention officer, parole officer, correction officer, guard, inspector, or experience in adoption and/or foster care placement.

An associate degree in criminal justice, cyber security, law enforcement, police science, criminal justice administration, criminology, criminal investigation, police studies, public justice, forensic accounting, forensic psychology, forensic science, economic crime management, or homeland security can substitute for two years of specialized experience; and a bachelor's or higher degree in criminal justice, cyber security, law enforcement, police science, criminal justice administration, criminology, criminal investigation, police studies, public justice, forensic accounting, forensic psychology, forensic science, economic crime management, or homeland security can substitute for four years of specialized experience.

You may also be appointed to this position if you are currently reachable on the appropriate eligible list for this title, or a current NYS employees and have one or more years of permanent or contingent-permanent service in the Investigative Specialist 1, Investigative Specialist 1 (Beverage Control) with all language parenthetics, Investigative Specialist 1 (Motor Vehicle) with all language parenthetics, and Investigative Specialist 1 (Narcotics) eligible to transfer via section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law may apply for transfer. Candidates must either already have a valid physical/medical clearance on file or will be required to take and pass an appropriate physical/medical evaluation to be considered for the transfer.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements for Peace Officer status and meet physical/medical standards for these positions.

Duties Description Under the general direction of the Investigative Specialist 2 (Cannabis), the incumbent of this position will be responsible for investigating possible violations of the cannabis laws, rules, and regulations. They will conduct investigations into cannabis license businesses and any illicit activity involving cannabis.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Perform a wide variety of enforcement, regulatory and licensing investigative activities to gather information and report facts.
• Review assigned cases or complaints from the public to determine the section of law, rule, or regulation that applies and identify the issues and types of information needed.
• Plan the scope and method of investigation based on the Office of Cannabis Management policy, the accessibility of information and the seriousness of the issue.
• Meet with and interview witnesses, complainants, proprietors, prospective licensees, and others to obtain information relating to the investigation for enforcement, compliance, or eligibility purposes.
• May arrest, confine, and transport subjects of investigation and process them per established procedures.
• Take statements and affidavits from individuals in an appropriate format, taking care to include a full description of the facts needed to support the investigation.
• Identify and search public and private documents to locate persons of interest and may question others and follow leads to find such persons.
• Develop leads and informants; conducts surveillance and engages in undercover work. Uses camera, recording devices or other equipment as necessary.
• Obtain, inventories and safeguards evidence according to OCM procedures and legal requirements.
• Confer with law enforcement, prosecutors, and other entities to convey and obtain information relevant to an investigation, provides technical assistance and training and develops and maintains rapport to ensure cooperation in the conduct of investigations.
• Participate in joint operations with various levels of law enforcement targeting patterns of non-compliance or violations of laws and regulations.
• Prepare factual written reports of information gathered during an investigation; and may recommend an appropriate course of action consistent with findings and agency policy and practices.
• Discuss investigative findings and recommendations with supervisor and program specialists.
• May perform full range of supervisory functions.

Additional Comments *There is no examination required for appointment to a NY HELPS position. Candidates hired before May 2024 will be appointed on a temporary basis. In May 2024, satisfactory employees will receive permanent, non-competitive appointments and will begin a probationary period.

At a future date (within one year of permanent appointment), it is expected that NY HELPS employees will have their non-competitive employment status converted to competitive status, without having to take an exam. 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.

NOTE ON TELECOMMUTING: Employees are required to apply and obtain approval through management to telecommute according to the agency’s Telecommuting Program Guidelines.

Driver's license is preferred.

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

Name Human Resources/CC

Telephone 518-473-5282

Fax 518-486-1631

Email Address


Street NYS Office of General Services, HRM

31st Floor Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12242


Notes on ApplyingPlease submit a cover letter and resume detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications. Indicate the Position Title & Vacancy ID number of each position you are applying to.

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