Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Park Police Officers

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The New York State Park Police provide essential police services consistent with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's mission-to provide safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities for New York State residents and visitors. State Park Police patrol in marked police cars, four-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, bicycles, boats, personal water crafts, and in one region, horses, as well as on foot. In addition, State Park Police assist park users, make arrests, conduct criminal and non-criminal investigations, and provide emergency services. State Park Police also provide special services including marine law enforcement and education duties on New York waterways, snowmobile enforcement and education, and rope rescue teams. Park Police Officers are full time employees; Parks does not currently hire part-time Officers or accept transfers.


All full time Park Police Officer positions are open competitive titles requiring the successful completion of a civil service examination. State Parks does not take transfers from other police agencies or hire part time park police officers.

Civil Service examinations are scheduled by the NYS Department of Civil Service. The most recent Civil Service examination for the Park Police Officer Trainee position was held on November 19, 2016 and the eligible should be established soon. Once the list is established, the agency may begin canvassing for candidates to the next Park Police Academy. The normal life of a Civil Service eligible list for Park Police Officer Trainee can be up to four years depending on the number of candidates on the eligible list.

NYS Park Police does not keep an exam notification database at this time. To be notified about future exams, please visit the NYS Department of Civil Service website and sign-up for automatic e-mail notifications of any new exam announcements (

  • Agility performance test (see Cooper Norms (pdf))**Cooper Norms standards updated 2017
    Candidates may be contacted at any time to attend the agility test. They are urged to maintain a level of fitness that will enable them to meet the standards listed in the Cooper Norms;
  • Extensive background investigation, including polygraph examination
  • Medical examination, subsequent to a conditional offer of employment. See the Civil Service Physical/Medical Requirements Form (pdf).
  • Psychological examination, drug testing
  • Successfully complete a six month residential police basic school

Questions about the Selection Process? see the Selection Process FAQ (pdf)

Salary & Benefits

  • Current starting salary for a NYS Park Police Officer Trainee, at SG-13 is $55,179. After completion of the one-year traineeship they will advance to a SG-14 Park Police Officer position with the adjustments and location pay for the counties indicated below as appropriate. Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City and the counties of Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties will receive an additional supplemental location pay. Salaries do not include overtime.
  • Retirement is at half pay after 25 years.
  • Promotional opportunities by competitive examination processes.
  • Accrue 13-24 vacation days, 12 holidays, 5 personal days and 13 sick days each year.
  • Excellent health, dental and optical insurance coverage
  • All uniforms and equipment are provided


NYS Park Police
Albany, New York 12238
(518) 474-4029

Persons with questions regarding employment with the New York State Park Police should contact the Park Police Headquarters in one of the State Park Regions listed below and ask to speak with the Recruiting Officer.

  • Long Island/Metro - (631) 321-3700 (Nassau, Suffolk, NYC)
  • Hudson Valley - (845) 786-2781 (Palisades, Taconic, Saratoga/Capital)
  • Mid-State – (315) 492-6422 (Central, Finger Lakes, Thousand Islands)
  • Western New York - (716) 278-1777 (Niagara, Genesee, Allegany)
  • Division Headquarters - Albany - (518) 474-4029