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Do you have a bachelor's degree in engineering? You may qualify for the environmental engineer civil service title. Learn more on Civil Service's website.

There are many careers available in the environmental field, and DEC offers exciting opportunities for qualified individuals looking to make a difference in environmental protection and natural resource management.

Watch a clip about starting your career at DEC and check out other clips on DEC's YouTube Channel.

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of New York State to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, creed/religion, disability, national origin, sex/gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, familial status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception. Please see New York State's Equal Employment Opportunity Rights and Responsibilities handbook (PDF) (leaves DEC website) for more information.

It is the policy of DEC to provide all qualified persons with equal opportunity in employment and to participate in and receive all the benefits, services, programs and activities of DEC. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities and those engaged in a religious observance or practice, as are necessary to provide such equal opportunity.

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Resources for Job Seekers

More about Employment:

  • Permanent Employment - DEC has almost 3,000 permanent positions statewide. The people in these positions are directly working in the environmental field or in support of protecting the environment and most of these positions are covered by Civil Service Law.
  • Seasonal Employment - In order to accomplish the varied programs of the Department, there is a continuing need for temporary staff. Our seasonal employees provide valuable support to supplement our permanent work force.
  • Internships - To support the growth and development of a future workforce concerned with the environment, the Department provides numerous opportunities for students to gain practical experience in their chosen career field. The majority of internships with the Department are unpaid.
  • Volunteers - Thousands of New Yorkers donate their time and services in support of environmental issues in partnership with the Department. From volunteers who work a single day on a clean-up project, are a part of a Friends programs at an educational center, to those who have made a long term commitment under a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement or an Adopt-A-Natural Resource agreement, there are many ways you can help improve or increase the public's enjoyment of the States resources.
  • Diversity and Inclusion - DEC values people of all backgrounds and encourages a diverse and vibrant workforce.
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