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Officer and Forest Ranger Exams Being Held in October
August 07, 2019 01:30 p.m.
DEC Announces Environmental Conservation Police Officer and Forest
Ranger Exams Being Held in October
Exam Application Deadline is September 4, 2019
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Commissioner Basil Seggos today encouraged individuals interested in
becoming a Forest Ranger or Environmental Conservation Police Officer (ECO)
to apply for civil service exams being offered for the positions this fall.
Applications are being accepted until September 4, 2019.
"DEC Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Police Officers are
instrumental in protecting wildlife, natural resources, state lands and the people
who use them," Commissioner Seggos said. "From search and rescue operations
to uncovering environmental crimes, these brave men and women are often first
on the front lines of some of the most harrowing events. We encourage anyone
interested in joining our ranks of admirable professionals to sign up for the exams
The civil service exams will be held the weekend of October 19, 2019. There are
separate exams and different qualifications for becoming an Environmental
Conservation Police Officer or Forest Ranger. Potential applicants should closely
review qualifications required for each position to determine which exam they are
eligible to take. Those who want to apply for both positions, and meet the
required qualifications, must submit separate applications and will be required to
take both exams.
A full summary of qualifications, salary, and application procedures can be found
online at the New York State Department of Civil Service exam announcements
web pages for Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Police Officers.
Exam scores will be used to rank candidates and create eligible lists to fill
openings for Environmental Conservation Police Officers or Forest Rangers.
Although the exam is being offered, there is no guarantee that there will be
openings. The eligibility list from this exam is expected to remain active for up to
In the future, candidates selected from the list would be required to attend a 28-
week residential training program at the DEC Basic Academy. Recruits must
pass all elements of the Academy before being assigned to a work location. DEC
recently began the 22nd Basic School for Uniformed Officers on May 19. For an
inside look into what it takes to be an Environmental Conservation Police Officer
or a Forest Ranger, watch a 4-minute clip from 2017's Basic School for
Uniformed Officers available on YouTube. Additional information on DEC
Environmental Conservation Police Officers and Forest Rangers is available
For more information about the upcoming state civil service exams and
qualifications, visit the New York State Department of Civil Service website.