Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation


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The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) offers employees a work environment that is second to none. Our many dedicated staff report to work each day in some of the most beautiful outdoor settings in the country. From the sheer tranquility of Montauk Point on Long Island's easternmost tip to the awe inspiring majesty of Niagara Falls on our State's western border with Canada, there are over 200 State parks and historic sites that operate to meet the recreational needs of the millions of visitors we receive each year.

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. Lifeguards, who oversee our beaches and pools, and Park and Recreation Aides, who perform a variety of tasks in our parks, are two examples of positions staffed by seasonal employees.

OPRHP also welcomes undergraduate and graduate level college students to serve as interns through the New New York Leaders Student Internship Program.

The New York State Park Police offers permanent employment opportunities for those interested in a career in law enforcement. The Park Police are a corps of full time officers dedicated to ensuring the safety of our park visitors, whether they are attending a concert or other large event at one of our sites or are simply enjoying a relaxing day out with their family.

In addition to our permanent and seasonal employees, volunteers provide many valuable services in our parks that could not otherwise be accomplished without their generous support. Numerous parks and historic sites have active Friends Groups that help coordinate volunteer efforts and raise money for important programs. So even if a career in Parks is not in your plans, there are still lots of ways to get involved and help preserve our abundant recreational resources for current and future generations to enjoy.