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  • Be a part of the premier park system in the United States - with more than 250 state parks, historic sites, golf courses, swimming pools, beaches, campgrounds, marinas, trails, and museums and nature centers.
  • Work in some of the most beautiful, scenic, and historic places New York State has to offer.
  • Make a tangible impact on your community. Parks are for everyone, and all are welcome here: People of every age, ability, color, or creed belong here – without exceptions – yourself included! People of every kind come visit us in order to have experiences – and at OPRHP, we get to be part of these special times in truly meaningful ways. See how you can make a difference as a part of Team OPRHP!

Job Opportunities

State parks and historic sites are staffed by a core of permanent employees who work year-round to maintain these precious resources. During the peak of our operating season (May through September) the permanent staff is supplemented by several thousand seasonal employees who work to ensure that our patrons have a positive and safe experience when visiting our sites.

Permanent Employment

Permanent Employment

New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation has two kinds of permanent (annual) jobs - competitive and non-competitive.

Entry-level positions in competitive jobs (clerical, technical, administrative, professional) are filled through examinations offered by the New York State Department of Civil Service.

Some exams are given annually, others every three to four years while still others are "continuous recruitment."

Our non-competitive annual jobs are mostly in skilled trades, such as plumbing and carpentry, and in our Park Worker series, which are semi-skilled park maintenance positions. Permanent non-competitive vacancies are normally advertised by the regions, however many of these positions are filled from our seasonal employee ranks

Park Police If you want a rewarding career in law enforcement while protecting the state's natural and historic treasures and their visitors, consider becoming a New York State Park Police Officer.

Seasonal Employment

Seasonal Employment

Park Rangers Applications for this position are accepted from October through December. Interviews will be conducted during January-February and candidates will be selected in the spring. This position is seasonal, generally from May to Labor Day. Park Rangers patrol facilities and grounds, enforce park ordinances/regulations, and answer questions from park patrons. Park Rangers are unarmed and have neither peace nor police officer status.

Lifeguards State Park lifeguard positions are available statewide and require a qualification exam.

Other temporary seasonal positions do not require an examination. For information on applying for seasonal employment, please contact the nearest Regional Office.


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