DEC has a need for temporary employees to supplement our permanent workforce. These seasonal employees are invaluable in meeting the mission of the agency. The majority of openings during the summer months are at our campgrounds in the Adirondack Mountains and Catskill Forest Preserves. As diverse as the locations are, so are the positions and skills that are sought - a list of seasonal job titles is at the end of this page.
The hiring for most of these seasonal jobs is handled directly by the regional office which encompasses the geographic area where the position exists. In some situations the applications and filling of seasonal positions are handled by a program coordinator.
Employment Application Form (PDF) (350 KB)
General Application Procedures
To apply for seasonal employment, you should submit an employment application and a resume to the DEC Regional Office that covers the geographic area where you are seeking to work. For certain locations, programs or titles, the application for seasonal employment does not go to the regional office. See the special application procedures listed below for exceptions.
Special Application Procedures
DEC Central Office - Albany
Many seasonal positions in the Central Office are technical and require college course work in environmental, forest, biological, computer sciences or engineering. To apply for seasonal positions at our Central Office located at 625 Broadway, Albany, your application and resume should be sent to the attention of the Director of Personnel at the address indicated in the right hand column. Please indicate on the employment application that you are seeking Seasonal Employment in the space provided for "type of work position desired" and indicate if you are seeking clerical or technical seasonal employment. Applications for consideration in filling summer positions should be received between January 1 - February 28. Applicants will be informed by the end of May if they are being offered a position.
Assistant Forest Rangers
The Division of Forest Protection employs assistant forest rangers (AFRs) to support its forest ranger force in patrolling interior state land management units in the Adirondack Park. AFRs spend each day hiking trail or paddling waterways to meet hikers and campers using these states lands. For more information go to Assistant Forest Rangers.
Environmental Education Camps:
Youth camps are operated by DEC from June to August and employ temporary workers including: camp directors, counselors, cooks, food service workers and medical staff. For more information on the camps and requirements for the various positions go to Employment at Education Camps.
Lifeguards are hired for our campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill regions. Testing for these positions usually start in January and may continue until early June. For more information on being a lifeguard, go to Lifeguard Test.
Some positions are advertised through the StateJobsNY website portal. There is a vacancy section for members of the general public seeking state employment, and lists those jobs for which an examination is not necessary.
In an effort to increase ethnic diversity among the employees of DEC, the Affirmative Action Office requests that minority applicants for positions send a copy of the resume and employment application to:
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Albany, New York 12233-5064
Attn: Minority Recruitment
or fax the resume and application to: 518 402-9230
or email as attachments to: personnel email box
Please indicate the geographic locations(s) where you are seeking employment and the dates that you are/will be available for employment.
Foreign Workers and Students
DEC does not sponsor foreign workers whose temporary employment would require the employer to complete forms such as USCIS Form I-129 or to offer a contract. This would typically include foreign students not enrolled in a United States educational program. Foreign students studying in the United States with appropriate employment authorization and a Social Security Card may apply for temporary or seasonal employment and paid internships.
More about Seasonal Employment:
- Minimum Qualifications for Seasonal Titles - Listing of seasonal titles with minimum qualifications.
- Employment Opportunities in Summer Recreation - Employment Opportunities at NYSDEC Campgrounds: DEC Summer Recreation lifeguard and interpretive positions.