Scientist (Water Ecology)

Department of Health/Mental Hygine

New York , New York

In the summer of 2015, New York City (NYC) experienced the second largest community Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the history of the United States In response, NYC passed Local Law (LL) 77 and a Commissioner's Rule requiring building owners or operators to register their cooling tower before operation.   Additionally, LL77 and the Commissioner's Rule requires owners or operators of cooling towers to annually certify that their cooling tower is inspected, tested, cleaned and disinfected and that a maintenance program and plan be developed and implemented in accordance with the law.   The regulations are aimed at improving the operating conditions of NYC cooling towers, with the objective of reducing Legionella colonization and reducing the likelihood of future cooling tower associated outbreaks.   

DUTIES WILL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:

  • Conduct investigations of building water supply and distribution systems including cooling towers, water tanks, evaporative condensers, internal plumbing and waste water systems. 
  • Perform environmental sampling of building water supply and distribution systems for water quality analysis including collection of water quality measurements.
  • Counsel facility/premises/owner /operator regarding the new regulations and remedial measures when necessary. 
  • Issue Notice of Violations and Tribunal summons for non-compliance with NYC Health Code and NYS Sanitary Code. 
  • Participate in the development of standard operating procedures for the field and conduct field surveys associated with building water supply and distribution systems.
  • Review plans, drawings, and specifications for building water supply and distribution systems.
  • Provide recommendations and take corrective actions based on findings of the field investigation as needed or directed by supervisor
  • Assist the ESE in related Public Health Engineering tasks including water and sewage complaints, beach inspections and sampling and pool inspections and sampling.
  • Review plans, drawings, and specifications for building water supply and distribution systems.Minimum Qual Requirements1. A masters degree from an accredited college or university  in one of the following areas of study: environmental or chemical engineering, limnology, environmental science, marine science, geology, biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, or health science; or 

2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with 24 semester credits in one or a combination of the areas of study described in ""1"" above, at least 12 of which must have been in one of these areas of study; and at least one year of satisfactory full time experience, which may not have been part of graduate or undergraduate course work, working in the field of water quality planning, management or 
research or performing environmental laboratory analyses, and/or environmental field sampling of water; or 

3. An associate degree from an accredited college or university  including or supplemented by 24 semester credits in one or a combination of the areas of study described in "1" above, at least 12 of which must have been in one of these areas of study; and at least three years of satisfactory full time experience as described in "2" above. 

Additional Requirements 

To be assigned to Assignment Levels II or III, all candidates must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university as described in "2" above and must have one additional year of the experience described in "2" above for a total of two years of experience. 

Special Note 

  • A master's degree from an accredited college in one of the areas described in "1" above may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience.Preferred SkillsLicense Requirement
  • Must possess a motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of New York. This license must be maintained for the duration of employment. 
  • Ideal candidate must be able to climb ladders and work in confined spaces, work in high altitudes (building roofs) in order to perform water testing;
  • Pass medical clearance and FIT testing for wearing proper PPE respirators;
  • Must complete and pass Agency required trainings and be in compliance with position related certificates and licenses.

HOW TO APPLY

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