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NEWS: The NY State Civil Service examination for Park Police Officer Trainee will be held on September 15th, 2018. Exam application will be accepted from June 29th – August 1st, 2018 only. Apply Now.

As of February 2018, the NYS Park Police has canvassed individuals for an Academy that pending budgetary approval will begin in October 2018. The next round of canvassing based on the September 2018 exam may be conducted in early 2019 for a 2019 Academy Class. Those on the exam list are advised to keep their mailing address up to date with Depending on the number of candidates, this Civil Service eligible list can remain active for up to four years.

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If you want an exciting career in law enforcement while working in some of the most beautiful places in New York State--come join our team of professionals. Contact a Park Police Recruiter in your area.


  • Candidates must be at least 20 years of age at time of appointment. Candidates must not have passed their 35th birthday on the date of the written test. Time spent on military duty or on terminal leave, not exceeding a total of six years, shall be subtracted from your age if you have passed your 35th birthday.
  • Minimum college education requirements: 60 college credit hours, 30 of those hours may be waived if candidate is an honorably discharged veteran with at least two years of active military duty.
  • Must be a United States citizen and New York State resident at the time of appointment, and maintain a New York State residency after appointment.
  • Must hold and maintain a valid New York State Driver license at time of appointment.
  • Visual acuity should be correctable to better than, or equal to 20/30 (Snellen) in each eye; if correction is required, distant visual acuity should not be less than 20/100 without correction in each eye.
  • Must pass a physical/medical examination.

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 has been established. As of March, 2017, the NYS Park Police canvassed persons who scored 90 and above, and a randomly selected number of persons who scored 85, for an Academy that pending budgetary approval will begin in October 2017. The next round of canvassing may be conducted in March, 2018 for the 2018 Academy Class. Persons on the exam list are advised to keep the Park Police updated with any change in mailing address by emailing the NYS Park Police at 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.

Exam & Selection Process

The NY State Park Police does not keep an exam notification database at this time. To be notified about future exams, please sign-up for automatic e-mail notifications with the NYS Department of Civil Service.

  • Agility performance test. 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

Selection Process Frequently Asked Questions (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

Academy and Job Scope Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)


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

For questions regarding employment with the New York State Park Police, please contact the appropriate region or headquarters 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