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 (http://www.cs.ny.gov/announ/emaillist.cfm).
Questions about the Selection Process? see the Selection Process FAQ (pdf)
NYS Park Police
Albany, New York 12238
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.