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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 11/27/23

Applications Due12/13/23

Vacancy ID144824

AgencyEnvironmental Conservation, Department of

TitleEnvironmental Program Specialist 1 including Trainee 1 and 2 (3 Positions)

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 Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 3%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8:30 AM

To 4:30 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 either:
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.4: Must meet the open competitive minimum qualifications below;

Eligible for transfer under Section 70.1: Permanent competitive service as an Environmental Program Specialist 1 (including trainees), Program Aide, Administrative Specialist 1, Biologist 1 (Aquatic), (Ecology), (Marine), (Wildlife), Public Participation Specialist 1, Environmental Analyst 1 and Trainee 1 & 2, Environmental Engineering Technician 2 & 3, Fish and Wildlife Technician 3, Legal Assistant 2, Mineral Resources Technician 2, Pesticide Control Specialist 1 & 2, Public Health Specialist 2 Environmental, Sanitary Construction Inspector 2, Senior Engineering Research Editor.

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 55b/c candidates and 70.4 transfer eligible): bachelor's or higher degree in accounting, agricultural engineering, agricultural science, agronomy, animal science, atmospheric science, aquatic science, bacteriology, biochemistry, bioengineering, biology, botany, business administration, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, civil engineering technology, climate change, coastal resources management, communications, computer engineering, computer science, construction engineering, conservation biology, cultural resources and historic preservation studies, data analysis, earth sciences, ecology, economics, ecosystem management, engineering technology, environmental biology, environmental education, environmental engineering, environmental health, environmental planning, environmental policy, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental toxicology, fisheries and wildlife sciences, forest engineering, forest science, forestry, genetics, geochemistry, geographic information systems, geography, geological engineering, geology, hydrology, industrial design, industrial engineering, landscape architecture, marine science, mathematics, manufacturing engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, meteorology, microbiology, molecular biology, natural resources, natural resources conservation, natural resources management, natural resources planning, natural science, packaging science, physical science, physics, product design, public administration, public policy studies, sustainability, toxicology, urban forestry, urban planning, urban studies, water resource engineering, water resources management, wildlife management, wildlife science, or zoology.

Duties Description This position is in the Bureau of Waste Reduction & Recycling (BWRR) in the Division of Materials Management, which leads the implementation of many high-profile programs that are reshaping the State’s approach to materials management. The primary responsibilities will include supporting the development and implementation of the state’s existing product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs, as well as promoting product stewardship and EPR strategies as new policy solutions to reduce waste and increase recycling.

Existing programs within the BWRR’s Product Stewardship & Extended Producer Responsibility (PSEPR) and Waste Reduction & Recycling Outreach (WRRO) Sections the position may work on include, but are not limited to: the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act; Rechargeable Battery Recycling Law; Mercury Thermostat Collection Act; Carpet Collection Program; Postconsumer Paint Collection Program; Lead-acid Battery Recycling Law; Wireless Telephone Recycling Act; Mercury-Added Consumer Products Law; Returnable Container “Bottle Bill” Act; and Plastic Bag and Film Plastics Recycling Law.

Position specific tasks include, but are not limited to the following:
• interpretation of various laws and regulations;
• assistance with various oversight activities associated with BWRR programs;
• development of outreach and guidance materials for internal staff, regulated entities, and the general public;
• review of registrations and producer responsibility program plans submitted;
• review of annual reports for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with performance standards;
• data analysis and report compilation;
• monitoring regulated entity adherence to both statutory and regulatory requirements;
• assistance to general counsel with enforcement for instances of noncompliance;
• providing daily stakeholder technical assistance via phone and shared mailboxes;
• in-person and virtual representation of the Department at various meetings, conferences, workshops, industry events, and other outreach opportunities;
• assistance in the calculation of various BWRR program deliverables (e.g., statewide goals, acceptance standards, surcharges, and credit tracking, etc.)
• presentation preparation and execution;
• rulemaking assistance (e.g., express terms and supporting document development, promulgation procedures, and subsequent outreach when in effect);
• performance of occasional site visits and facility inspections;
• assistance to Legislative Affairs with the advancement of both new product stewardship policy initiatives (e.g., EPR for packaging and paper products, Bottle Bill expansion, etc.) as well as statutory amendments to improve existing programs;
• research on the latest developments in materials management, product stewardship and EPR policy;
• participation in the review of proposed product stewardship and EPR legislation for new and improved programs;
• data management via Excel and other online software tools; and
• performance of other duties as assigned to support the Department, Division, Bureau, or Sections.

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. 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.

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/mail your resume to the above. Be sure to include Posting #23-144824 on your resume or it may not be accepted.

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