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Assistant Forest Rangers

Assistant Forest Rangers play a vital part protecting, preserving, and enhancing the natural resources on state lands as well as maintaining the safety and well being of the public.

In 2023, DEC hopes to employ approximately 25-30 Assistant Forest Rangers in various capacities across the state except for in DEC Regions 1, 2, and 7. A typical season runs from mid-May through early September or mid-October, depending on DEC region, and need. The pay rate for the 2022-23 fiscal year was $17.26/hour. The new pay rate for the coming fiscal year will not likely be known until after April 1, 2023, the beginning of the 2023-234 fiscal year.

General job duties and responsibilities as well as Civil Service qualifications are outlined in the job description. Most positions have some unique job responsibilities and each has its own particular description. Many Assistant Forest Rangers return year after year and there are usually several applicants for each available position. Typically, candidates who meet Civil Service qualifications will be interviewed in March and successful candidates attend mandatory training sessions when they begin work in mid-May.

If you feel you meet the Civil Service qualifications, please complete the Employment Application form and send the form, along with an up-to-date personal resume, beginning on January 3, 2023 and ending on February 28, 2023 to:

Paul Corrado
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Forest Protection
625 Broadway, 3rd Floor
Albany, NY 12233-2560

Also, you may send your signed and completed form, and resume, to

You will be contacted for an interview if vacancies exist within the location for which you are applying and if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. If you have any questions, you may contact Paul Corrado at (518) 402-8356 or the Forest Ranger Captain in the DEC region in which you would like to work.

More about Assistant Forest Rangers:

  • AFR Job Description - Description of the nature of work and necessary requirements for employment. AFR Program is a seasonal program, designed for people seeking work in the field of forest protection and conservation.
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    NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation
    Division of Forest Protection
    625 Broadway, 3rd Floor
    Albany, NY 12233-2560
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