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Careers in Environmental Conservation

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation offers career opportunities in many fields related to environmental protection and natural resource management. The following are some of our occupational groupings with information on the hiring and job rate of pay. In addition, many of the occupational titles link to a brief duties description, statement of the minimum qualifications, and other pertinent information.

Engineering, Natural Resources, Physical Science and Related Professional Positions
Title Hiring Rate Job Rate
Research Scientist 1, SG18 $52,293 $66,494
Biologist 1, SG18 (Includes: Aquatic, Ecology, Marine & Wildlife) $52,293 $66,494
Biologist Trainee 1 $39,713
Biologist Trainee 2 $41,993
Engineering Geologist 1, SG20 $57,949 $73,519
Engineering Geologist 2, SG24 $71,309 $90,020
Environmental Analyst 1, SG18 $52,293 $66,494
Environmental Analyst Trainee 1 $39,713
Environmental Analyst Trainee 2 $41,993
Environmental Chemist 1, SG18 $52,293 $66,494
Environmental Engineer, SG15 $44,370 $56,567
Environmental Engineer 1, SG20 $57,949 $73,519
Environmental Engineer 2, SG24 $71,309 $90,020
Environmental Program Specialist 1, SG18 $52,293 $66,494
Environmental Program Specialist Trainee 1 $39,713
Environmental Program Specialist Trainee 2 $41,993
Forester 1, SG18 $52,293 $66,494

Forester Trainee 1

$39,713
Forester Trainee 2 $41,993
Land Surveyor, SG20 $57,949 $73,519
Mined Land Reclamation Specialist 1, SG18 $52,293 $66,494
Mineral Resources Specialist 1, SG15 $44,370 $56,567
Mineral Resources Specialist 2, SG20 $57,949 $73,519
Mineral Resources Specialist 3, SG24 $71,309 $90,020
Mineral Resources Specialist 4, SG27 $83,493 $102,838

Enforcement, Legal and Related Positions
Title Hiring Rate Job Rate
Attorney (various levels) $46,859+ $94,834
Environmental Conservation Officer, SG15 $61,133
Environmental Conservation Officer Trainee 1 $53,304
Environmental Conservation Officer Trainee 1 (after 30 weeks) $55,831
Environmental Conservation Officer Trainee 2 $58,407
Forest Ranger 1, SG14 $58,407

Administrative/Generalist Positions
Title Hiring Rate Job Rate
Senior Accountant, SG18 $52,293 $66,494
Senior Administrative Analyst, SG18 $52,293 $66,494
Administrative Assistant, SG18 $52,293 $66,494
Agency Training and Development Specialist 1, SG18 $52,293 $66,494
Senior Budgeting Analyst, SG18 $47,952 $59,504
Citizen Participation Specialist 1, SG18 $52,293 $66,494
Information Technology Specialist 2, SG18 $52,293 $66,494
Senior Personnel Administrator, SG18 $47,952 $59,504

Clerical/Secretarial Positions
Title Hiring Rate Job Rate
Calculations Clerk 1, SG6 $28,299 $35,005
Clerk 1, SG6 $28,299 $35,005
Keyboard Specialist 1, SG6 $28,299 $35,005

Technical/Paraprofessional Positions
Title Hiring Rate Job Rate
Environmental Engineering Technician 1, SG08 $30,126 $38,848
Environmental Engineering Technician 2, SG13 $39,713 $50,814
Fish & Wildlife Technician 2, SG13 $41,721 $50,814
Fish Culturist 1, SG11 $37,253 $45,660
Forestry Technician 2, SG13 $41,721 $50,814
Laboratory Technician, SG09 $33,306 $40,936
Mineral Resources Technician 1, SG14 $41,993 $53,606
Mineral Resources Technician Trainee $35,535
Mineral Resources Technician 2, SG19 $55,126 $70,013

Maintenance, Laborer and Related Positions
Title Hiring Rate Job Rate
Construction Equipment Operator, SG08 $31,547 $38,848
Conservation Operations Supervisor 1, SG11 $37,253 $45,660
Electronic Equipment Mechanic, SG12 $39,384 $48,078
General Mechanic, GS12 $39,384 $48,078
Janitor, SG07 $29,864 $36,899
Laborer, SG06 $28,299 $35,005
Maintenance Assistant, SG09 $33,306 $40,936
Motor Equipment Mechanic, SG12 $39,384 $48,078

Seasonal (Summer/Winter) Positions
Title Rate
Conservation Education Camp Counselor $15.92 per hour
Cook $15.96 per hour
Environmental Engineering Technician 1 $14.40 per hour
Fish & Wildlife Technician 1 $15.10 per hour
Food Service Worker 1 $12.28 per hour
Forestry Technician 1 $15.10 per hour
Laborer $13.54 per hour
Lifeguard $13.01 per hour
Keyboard Specialist 1 $11.70 per hour

Salaries effective April 2014


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