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Section Chief, Environmental Microbiology, New York Bureau of Water Supply


Salary Range:
$92,301.00 – $121,296.00

Job Description
The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protects public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees. DEP delivers more than 1.1 billion gallons per day of the highest quality drinking water to 8.5 billion NYC residents and more than 1 million people in Upstate New York, and has a wastewater conveyance and treatment system capable of processing over 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater per day to protect the environment and the city’s surrounding waterways.

The Bureau of Water Supply seeks to hire a City Research Scientist III for a position in Watershed Water Quality Operations (WWQO), Water Quality & Innovation Directorate located in Kingston, New York. The Water Quality & Innovation Directorate is responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining the water quality monitoring programs necessary for compliance, water supply operations, and filtration avoidance watershed protection programs.

Under general direction of the Deputy Director of Watershed Water Quality Operations, the City Research Scientist III will serve as Section Chief Environmental Microbiology and will oversee the daily operation of the Kingston Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, including NELAC and NH laboratory accreditations, method development and microbiological investigations. They will initiate, plan, organize and direct the routine monitoring related to Cryptosporidium (including infectivity), Giardia, total and fecal coliform, and phytoplankton analyses. The Section Chief Environmental Microbiology will be responsible for expanding and improving the services of the laboratory by developing and implementing new techniques to better characterize existing and emerging microbiological and biochemical contaminants, including but not limited to algal toxin analysis using genetic testing and quantification of toxin producing genes, phytoplankton analysis using flow imaging microscopy, pathogen infectivity, genetic testing using polymer chain reaction (PCR) techniques and other advanced methodologies. Specific duties include:

– Being responsible for the scientific, administrative and technical functions for the staff within the Kingston Environmental Microbiology Section.

– Assisting the Deputy Director of Watershed Water Quality Operations and the Deputy Chief of Kingston Laboratory Operations in coordinating and evaluating monitoring and research functions to ensure support for the Bureau’s priorities and goals.

– Developing and implementing advanced microbiological laboratory techniques for water and wastewater samples, and trains staff in the same.

– Overseeing data analysis and reporting efforts to meet obligations of the Filtration Avoidance Determination, Consent Orders, Special Investigations, After-Action Reports, and other reports.

– Developing and implementing scientific studies to inform watershed protection efforts and to support the operation of the water supply.

– Assisting in the coordination of monitoring efforts and research projects in conjunction with other directorates and bureaus.

– Promoting a workplace free from safety hazards.

(This is a brief description of what you might do in this position and does not include all the duties of this position.)


35 Hours per week / May be required to work shifts including nights, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

  • Job Type: Staff
  • Application deadline: 12/21/2023
  • Organization: Department of Environmental Protection
  • Qualifications: Preferred Skills: - Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, Adobe and Access, and Power Point. - Extensive experience with Microsoft Office 365 and data visualization tolls such as Power BI - Direct experience in advanced microbial techniques - Excellent technical writing, data analysis and presentation skills - Ability to collaborate on data analysis and research projects - Excellent management, supervision, and communication skills - Strong organizational skills and ability to collaborate - Ability to identify gaps and opportunities to implement new technologies and techniques - Demonstrated initiative and drive to succeed to new and challenging tasks - Capable of building and maintaining networks to address research needs - Data analysis and report writing skills - Excellent written and oral communications skills - Ability to steer and/or support projects for other directorates and bureaus Minimum Qualifications 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.
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  • Location: Kingston, NY
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