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Minimum Qualifications Minimum Qualifications for Provisional Appointment:
Must be a qualified employee of New York State and have had one year of permanent competitive or 55 b/55-c service as a Senior Natural Resources Planner or Environmental Program Specialist 1 (Natural Resources).
Seven years of experience in local and/or regional planning involving natural resource analysis; developing and implementing natural resource program policies; writing technical or programmatic reports relating to natural resource program areas; and/or developing, implementing, and evaluating natural resource programs.
Bachelor's degree or higher in coastal resources management, cultural resources and historic preservation studies, ecology, ecosystem management, environmental biology, environmental engineering, environmental health, environmental planning, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental toxicology, forest science, forestry, natural resources management, natural resources planning, or urban forestry AND three years of experience in experience in local and/or regional planning involving natural resource analysis; developing and implementing natural resource program policies; writing technical or programmatic reports relating to natural resource program areas; and/or developing, implementing, and evaluating natural resource programs.
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.
Duties Description This position will serve as the Agency’s ADA coordinator and responsibilities will include the following:
•Oversee the development, implementation and adherence to the agency’s ADA policy.
•Plan and coordinate statewide project site inspections, audits of the Department’s natural resource facilities and programs, and respond to complaints and requests for reasonable accommodations.
•Ensure that agency-wide project planning, design, construction and maintenance are in compliance with the requirements of the ADA. Ensure that the development of Unit Management Planning for all the Department’s natural resource facilities incorporates accessibility considerations and requirements.
•Communicate regularly with Executive staff and high-level managers, including Deputy Commissioners, Division Directors and Regional Directors regarding statewide compliance with ADA laws and policy. The ADA Coordinator shall stay informed of changes in federal and state laws and court rulings and will ensure all agency staff are aware of and incorporating changes and best practices as required. In conformance with the ADA, the Coordinator shall strive to incorporate statewide accessibility in balance with natural resource protection.
•Involve the DEC Accessibility Advisory Committee and other advisory groups, organizations and partners that serve and advocate for people with disabilities in the public planning processes. Provide outreach and education to the public on current accessible opportunities for outdoor recreation on state lands, and planning considerations for future projects.
•Coordinate, plan and develop ADA related training opportunities for all Department employees, especially for those that interact with the public or are responsible for programs with outdoor recreational opportunities.
•Circulate public announcements on planning meetings to DEC Accessibility Advisory Committees, Independent Living Centers and other external partners. Engage with advocacy groups and other state and federal agencies to partner on projects of mutual interest. Work closely with regional and division liaisons to train staff, disseminate information and assist in planning accessibility improvements for the Department’s natural resource program and facilities statewide.
•Respond to requests for reasonable accommodations to the Department’s programs and facilities. Work closely with and support DEC staff in removing barriers and ensuring access in conformance with the ADA and the Department’s ADA policy. Ensure public information from programs throughout the Department is accurate.
•Maintain records and report agency accomplishments and needs. Serve as a subject matter expert on all matters related to ADA compliance and technical accessibility standards and their application.
Additional Comments Must have valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Must be able to negotiate difficult terrain, work in remote areas and in adverse weather conditions. Travel, overtime, and overnight travel may be required. Weekends and holidays may be required.
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