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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. This is your gateway page to explore the options available to you to join our workforce and share in the satisfaction of making a positive impact on our environment.

The mission of the Department is to protect the natural resources of New York State, the most valuable resources we have in protecting and improving our environment is the human resource.

There are four major ways for you to become actively involved with DEC and they are listed below under More about Employment.

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.

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.
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