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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 DEC'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 DEC-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: for more information

Friends of Rogers EEC - located in Sherburne, Chenango County. Go to their website 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 for more information

Natural Resource Volunteer Opportunities

Adopt a Trailhead Program

Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP)

Data Collection Opportunities in Wildlife: Small game, furbearer surveys and studies

New York Releaf Program

Sportsman Education Instructor

Trees for Tribs Application

Volunteer Stewardship Agreement Program

Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE)

Wildlife Rehabilitator

Coastal Beach Clean-up: contact the American Littoral Society at or call 1-800-449-0790

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