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Diversity and Inclusion

DEC employee Rachel Systak working at a lake
"I absolutely love my career with DEC
and I am fortunate to get to work not only
with the natural resources I want to conserve,
but the people in our communities
who value those resources as well."
- Rachel Systak,
Division of Marine Resources

Since its inception 50 years ago, the mission of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to protect, sustain, and, when possible, improve our environment is a cause that has united all cultures and heritages. Environmental awareness and stewardship play an integral role in many of our cultures, and the pursuit of ensuring a clean, healthy environment now and into the future remains a goal of our agency on a professional and personal level.

DEC is dedicated to providing a work environment that fully supports and fosters diversity and inclusion. DEC's mission of protecting the environment can only be successfully accomplished when we embrace the diversity, strengths, and talents of all our employees.

DEC Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Implementation Plan

DEC's Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Implementation Plan (PDF) for Fiscal Years 2020-2025 outlines our priorities and goals as we continue to cultivate and promote a diverse and inclusive culture where employees feel welcomed and motivated to do their best.

These goals and priorities reflect our commitment to support DEC diversity programs; promote continuous learning and discussion of diversity and inclusion topics; recruit qualified candidates of different backgrounds, experiences, and talents; provide internal developmental opportunities; and assess what more we can do to nurture a supportive and inclusive work environment.

DEC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

DEC is proud to observe Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 in honor of the history, culture and influence of past generations of those with Hispanic origin. The celebration starts on September 15 as that date marks the independence anniversary of five countries: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Followed by Mexico's Independence Day on September 16 and Chile's on September 18, it is capped by Día de la Raza, which is celebrated on October 12 and recognizes the heritage, colonization, and cultural diversity of Latin America.

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and DEC employees who are celebrating their Hispanic heritage.


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