City Research Scientist-I

  • New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • 96-05 Horace Harding Expy, Queens, NY, United States
  • Oct 01, 2016
Full time Water Quality Waste Management/Recycling Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description

The Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations’ Division of Technology and Project Management is seeking to hire a City Research Scientist-I who will be responsible for the research, investigations, and analysis of specific problems related to water and sewer planning, with direct supervision and wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment. The candidate will contribute to the implementation of procedures for strategic initiatives and programs, will manage project plans and communications to ensure objectives are met and is expected to perform the following tasks and related duties: 
• Participate in the development of the Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) and ensure compliance with the City’s discharge permit for Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4).
• Evaluate stormwater management practices, green infrastructure techniques, and drainage planning methodologies for improving water quality and storm sewer capability.
• Summarize and present related research on existing City and State rules and regulations, and laws and practices from other municipalities.
• Contribute to the development of the agency map of stormwater drainage areas and outfall locations for MS4 permit compliance.
• Analyze the impacts of climate change and anticipated population growth on sewer system planning and build out.
• Assist with the standardization of pollution prevention practices to reduce contamination of stormwater runoff at municipal facilities and gather relevant information from Bureau operational sites.
• Support operational, administrative, and management process improvements, by assessing existing workflows, engaging affected staff, and identifying process gaps, and participate in the recommendation, development, and implementation of new procedures.
• Coordinate development, collection, tracking, and distribution of performance metrics for operations management, asset management, capital planning, and compliance reporting.

The incumbent will interface regularly with project team members, senior management, and technical staff. For MS4 related tasks, the candidate will represent BWSO at inter-bureau and inter-agency working groups, as well as public meetings. Additionally, he/she will provide administrative support by maintaining records, collecting data, drafting correspondences, developing presentations, and distributing reports.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1.  For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.
To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:
1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
2. A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in "2" above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in "1" and "2" above.

Residency Requirement
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

POSTING DATE: 09/21/2016

Probationary Period
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.

Additional Information

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Job Level

Entry-level, Mid-level


Government- Local/Regional


$ 59,708.00 - $ 72,246.00 (Annual)