For individuals looking to obtain valuable work experience or to contribute to the conservation of New York State's environment, a variety of volunteer opportunities are available at DEC. These opportunities are specific to the Department's program divisions, and availability varies across the state.
Some examples of the volunteering opportunities include grooming and clearing of hiking and snowmobiling trails on state owned lands; assisting the wildlife biologists in studying or releasing game; assisting Environmental Educators at DEC's Environmental Education Centers (EEC) thru friends groups as instructors, greeters, assistant naturalists, gardeners, docents or clerical help; teaching Department-sponsored programs such as "Becoming an Outdoorswoman"; and working as student interns in various capacities. For more information, please contact the program division or regional office in which you are interested.
DEC Environmental Education Centers
Friends of Five Rivers EEC - located in Delmar, Albany County. Go to their website: www.friendsoffiverivers.org for more information
Friends of Rogers EEC - located in Sherburne, Chenango County. Go to their website www.friendsofrogers.org for more information
Reinstein Woods EEC Volunteer Program - located in Depew, Erie County
Friends of Stony Kill Farm EEC - located in Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County. Go to their website www.stonykill.org for more information
Natural Resource Volunteer Opportunities within DEC
Coastal Beach Clean-up: contact the American Littoral Society at www.alsnyc.org or call 1-800-449-0790