Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

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Here at New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation we need a variety of skills to maintain and operate our facilities and to provide patrons with a safe and enjoyable experience. From specialists in historic preservation to skilled trade workers to park maintenance staff, we seek out the brightest and most enthusiastic applicants to join our team. The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) employs just over 1,700 year-round permanent employees and more than 4,000 seasonal staff at the peak of our operating season.

New Job Opportunities

Position Title Salary Grade Appt. Type Location Deadline
Dispatcher $17.63/hr Temporary Trumansburg, NY April 9th, 2021
Buoy Crew Assistant $14.96/hr Temporary Romulus, NY April 12th, 2021
Stewardship Assistant $13.57/hr Temporary Albany, NY April 13th, 2021
Endangered Species Steward $14 - $17.63/hr Temporary TBD April 22nd, 2021
Water Quality Monitor $14.96 - $17.63 Temporary Oakdale, NY April 22nd, 2021
Parks and Recreation Aide $17.63/hr Temporary Trumansburg, NY April 23rd, 2021
Invasive Species Technician $14.96/hr Temporary Castile, NY April 28th, 2021
Invasive Species Technician $14.96/hr Temporary Niagara Falls, NY April 28th, 2021
Trail Crew Leader $14.96/hr Temporary Saratoga Springs, NY May 5th, 2021
Trail Crew Member - 3 positions available $13.57/hr Temporary Saratoga Springs, NY May 5th, 2021
Invasive Species Strike Team Member - 2 positions available $14.96/hr Temporary Oakdale, NY May 13th, 2021
Invasive Species Strike Team Leader $17.63/hr Temporary Oakdale, NY May 13th, 2021
Finger Lakes Parks Regional Trail Crew $14.96/hr Temporary Trumansburg, NY May 21st, 2021

Permanent Employment Opportunities

OPRHP 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."

To track exams that are currently being offered for positions in our agency and throughout New York State, you should regularly check the "Jobs Seekers" section on the Department of Civil Service website at You can also write: New York State Department of Civil Service, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, 80 South Swan Street, Albany, N. Y. 12239, or call 1-877-NYS-JOBS (1-877-697-5627) or 518-457-2487. 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 OPRHP regions, however many of these positions are filled from our seasonal employee ranks.

Seasonal Employment Opportunities

Most seasonal staff work during the height of the summer season - Memorial Day to Labor Day. The bulk of our seasonal employees work as Park and Recreation Aides and are hired directly by OPRHP Regions. Park and Recreation Aides 1-7 perform a wide variety of tasks. Park and Recreation Aides at various levels may mow lawns and maintain landscaping, clean facilities and grounds, escort tours at historic sites, assist group outings, collect parking/admission fees, perform park office work, supervise other seasonal staff, respond to patron concerns or needs, plan deliver and supervise organized recreational, historic or environmental interpretation activities, perform semi-skilled labor in one or more trades and operate various types of equipment. Many regions also employ a limited number of seasonal trades persons or recreation program specialists.

The New York State Park Police Division hires seasonal Park Safety Rangers.

Temporary seasonal positions (except for Lifeguard) do not require an examination. For information on applying for seasonal employment, please contact the nearest OPRHP Regional Office at the address or telephone number below.

Internship Opportunities

The New New York Leaders Student Internship Program provides college students the unique opportunity to work with State agencies to gain experience and a greater perspective of the professional world. This program is the first of its kind to provide a central location for students with a wide range of interests to apply for internship opportunities within New York State government. The program prepares students for careers in a wide array of occupational areas including but not limited to: public policy, historic preservation, legal specialties, budgeting, scientific research, and contract management. Students can view internship opportunities with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as well as apply for internships at New New York Leaders Student Internship Program.

New York State Excelsior Conservation Corps

Environmental Career Opportunities For Young Adults

Under the vision of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the Excelsior Conservation Corps (ECC) is a residential AmeriCorps program, run by the Student Conservation Association, designed to address the environmental and conservation needs of this state while providing leadership opportunities, employment training and college scholarships. There are 10-month service positions available with the program starting February 23rd, 2020 — so apply today!

Further information on these and other positions contact us.