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Minimum Qualifications for Seasonal Titles

The minimum age for most titles is 18. The minimum age is 16 for the following titles: Farmhand, Office Assistant 1, Office Assistant 1 (Calculations), Office Assistant 1 (Keyboarding) and Lifeguard.

Carpenter

Four years of full-time experience under a journey level carpenter equivalent to an apprenticeship program Or Apprenticeship training in carpentry or training gained by the completion of technical courses in carpentry at a school, institute or branch of the Armed Services may be substituted for the above training and experience on a year for year basis.

Conservation Education Camp Aide 1

Conservation Education Camp Aide 1 must be 18 years of age and a High School Graduate and have attended the DEC Camp program as a camper or volunteer. Must have and maintain a current driver's license. Conservation Education Camp Aides must be certified in an approved CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification. The CPR/AED certification must be in its first year. Additional certifications in Waterfront Lifeguarding and other Department of Health approved Camp Certifications are not required but are preferred.

Conservation Education Camp Aide 2

Conservation Education Camp Aides must be 18 years of age, have attended the DEC Camp program as a camper or volunteer, and have one year of college study or the completion of at least 24 semester credit hours. Must have and maintain a current driver's license. Conservation Education Camp Aide 2 must be certified in an approved CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification. The CPR/AED certification must be in its first year. Additional certifications in Waterfront Lifeguarding and other Department of Health approved Camp Certifications are not required but are preferred.

Conservation Education Camp Assistant Director

Must have at least one full season as a Conservation Education Camp Counselor AND at least two years of college or work experience in the natural resources, biological sciences, geology, environmental studies, environmental sciences, environmental education, outdoor recreation, elementary- middle-secondary-special education, or camp management. Experience in outdoor pursuits in areas such as hiking, canoeing, backpacking, hunting, fishing, water safety and archery is required. Must be certified in American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies or equivalent and in American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer or equivalent. Must have and maintain a current Driver's License.

Conservation Education Camp Counselor

Conservation Education Camp Counselors must have two years of college or work experience in natural resources, biological sciences, geology, environmental studies, environmental sciences, environmental education, outdoor recreation, elementary- middle-secondary-special education, or camp management. Conservation Education Camp Counselors must be certified in approved first aid courses as required by the NYS Department of Health, such as American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies or equivalent and in American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer or equivalent. The CPR/AED certification must be in its first year. Depending upon individual assignments, certification in areas such as American Red Cross Water Safety Instruction or Life guard with Waterfront Module may be required. May be required to serve as Conservation Education Camp Health Director alternate if you have a New York State Emergency Medical Technician or higher level of certification, such as licensed practical nurse, registered nurse or physician's assistant.

Conservation Education Camp Health Director

Physician*, nurse practitioner*, physician assistant*, registered nurse*, licensed practical nurse*, emergency medical technician or other person acceptable to the Department of Health permit-issuing official. (* To practice profession in New York State, must be NYS licensed)
CPR/AED certification acceptable to the Department of Health in its first year of certification.
NYS Driver's license.

Conservation Education Camp Waterfront Director

  • At least 21-years-old
  • Have a minimum of: 1 season experience as a camp aquatics director at a NYS camp; or 2 seasons experience consisting of at least 12 weeks as a children's camp lifeguard at a pool or beach which had more than one lifeguard supervising it at a time; or 18 weeks of previous experience as a lifeguard at a pool or beach, which had more than one lifeguard supervising it at a time.
  • Must be currently certified in a DOH acceptable certification as a Waterfront Lifeguard and in Lifeguard Management and have a CPR/AED certification acceptable to the Department of Health in its first year of certification.
  • Water Safety Instructor Certification although not required, but preferred. Must have and maintain a current Driver's License.

Conservation Recreation Facilities Supervisor (1, 2 or 3 level)

Candidates must have two years experience in maintenance, construction or landscape work, preferably in public recreational facilities.

Conservation Security Worker

Must possess a motor vehicle operator's license and have completed either; (A) a one year course at a ranger school, or similar learning institution, in a park or natural resource management, law enforcement or similar curriculum; OR (B) have on season (6 months minimum) of recreation facility experience involving contact with the public or in the enforcement of laws, rules and regulations; OR (C) One year of working or interacting with the public in a recreational facility; OR (D) One year of environmental experience in law enforcement, security services employment, military service or similar experience actively involved with public contact or in the enforcement of laws, policies, and rules and regulations; OR (F) have completed at least 15 college credit hours in criminal justice or similar course

Construction Equipment Operator

One year of experience in the operation of equipment and the possession of a valid New York State driver's license appropriate for the type of vehicle operated.

Cook

Three years of experience in the storage, preparation, cooking and dispensing of food. An Associate's degree or higher degree in a culinary field will substitute for a maximum of two years of the required experience. Drivers license may be required.

Engineering Aide

High school diploma or possession of a high school equivalency diploma or a USAFI GED certificate (high school level) Or a satisfactory combination of education and/or experience assisting in engineering or related work, at the rate of six months of experience for one year of high school.

Engineering Technician

Either 1. One year of experience assisting in engineering, engineering technology, engineering management technology, architecture or architectural technology, environmental technology, electronics, electronics technology, landscape design, materials laboratory technology, drafting or surveying, AND graduation from high school or possession of diploma issued by a recognized educational authority;

or 2. 18 semester credit hours of college course work in mathematics, physical science, engineering or engineering technology, architecture or architectural technology, construction technology, environmental technology, landscape architecture/design, drafting, forestry, surveying, aeronautics, or electronics;

or 3. Graduation from a high school technical education program (recognized by the New York State Education Department as meeting acceptable program practices and standards) in CAD/CAM, construction technology, drafting, engineering, engineering graphics, or electronics.

Environmental Education Assistant

Candidates must have one year of experience in environmental education programs; or one year college study with specialization in natural science, natural resources, or environmental education.

Environmental Engineering Technician 1

(A) Completion of at least 18 semester credit hours in any combination of the following courses: engineering, such as civil, chemical, electrical, mechanical, aeronautical and/or sanitary; public health; environmental and/or engineering technology; drafting; mathematics; surveying; computer science; environmental science; and/or the natural and physical sciences. or (B) graduation from a high school technical education program in technical aeronautics, technical architectural drafting and building construction, technical chemistry, industrial chemistry, technical electricity/electronics, technical mechanical design and construction, technical structural drafting and design or technical instrumentation and control systems, computer circuitry; or (C ) Four years of experience performing engineering technician work in aeronautical, chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical or sanitary engineering technology; or environmental technology; or as a surveyor or drafter.

Farmhand

There are no minimum education or experience requirements. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position.

Fish and Wildlife Technician 1

30 semester credit hours, including 12 semester credit hours in fisheries, marine resources or wildlife management; mariculture; marine biology; aquaculture; aquatic, marine or terrestrial ecology; zoology; marine technology; botany; limnology; hydrology; or oceanography.

Forestry Technician 1

(A) 30 semester college credit hours, including or supplemented by 12 semester credit hours in forestry, which must include at least one course in three or more of the following areas: forest biology, silviculture, forest mensuration, forest protection, forest soils, dendrology, botany and land surveying. OR (B) One year of diversified, technical forestry experience in two or more of the following areas: forest management, including sale and removal of timber products; nursery operation, including the transplanting of tree or shrub seedlings; forest pest management, including control of diseases and insect pests.

General Mechanic

Four years of full-time experience in a trade under a skilled journey-level position which would provide training equivalent to that given in an apprenticeship program. Apprentice training in a trade or training gained by the completion of technical courses in a trade at a school or institute may be substituted for the above experience on a year-for-year basis.

Janitor

Must be physically able to perform the tasks of the position and to communicate verbally for the purpose of exchanging information.

Laboratory Technician

(A) completion of 60 semester credit hours of college coursework which includes at least 18 semester credit hours in biology, chemistry, physics, health science or science technology; or (B) two years of satisfactory experience in either a laboratory or a clinical setting performing technical laboratory tests and procedures; or (C ) satisfactory equivalent combination of A & B.

Laboratory Worker

There are no minimum education or experience requirements. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position.

Labor Supervisor

Candidates must have one year of practical experience in performing general construction or maintenance tasks. When required to operate a self propelled motorized vehicle, incumbents must possess a valid New York State Driver's License appropriate for the type of vehicle operated.

Laborer

Candidates must be physically able to perform the duties assigned. Possession of a valid New York State driver's license may be required.

Lifeguard

Must be at least sixteen years of age (preference given to 18 years and up). Possess current certification in lifeguarding or advanced lifesaving, multi-media standard first aid, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Must pass a practical exam in lifesaving and CPR skills. Are also required to submit a current doctor's certification that the candidate is physically capable of performing lifeguarding duties. A returning lifeguard will be required to submit a current notarized form, certifying that the candidate is still physically capable of performing lifeguarding duties. A minimum of 20/40 uncorrected vision is required in each eye.

Lifeguard 2

Must meet the minimum qualifications for Lifeguard above and in addition have two seasons as a Lifeguard with DEC.

Maintenance Assistant

Two years of experience in maintenance or mechanical work under the supervision of a skilled trades-worker or completion of an appropriate two-year technical school course.

Maintenance Helper

Must be physically able to perform moderate to heavy physical labor. When required to operate motor vehicles, candidates must possess a valid New York State Driver's License appropriate for the type of vehicle operated.

Motor Vehicle Operator

Must possess a New York State driver license appropriate for the type of vehicle to be operated. Candidates may be required to possess a CDL Class A, B, C or General Class D license.

Office Assistant 1

There are no minimum education or experience requirements. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position.

Office Assistant 1 (Keyboarding)

There are no minimum education or experience requirements. You must be able to type at the rate of at least 35 words per minute, with at least 96% accuracy.

Park Attendant

There are no minimum education or experience requirements. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position.

Parks and Recreation Aide

Qualifications for each seasonal position vary according to the specific duties and responsibilities associated with a particular seasonal assignment and are determined by facility managers after consultation with regional and central office personnel staff.


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