Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

June 29, 2018

Randy Simons | Dan Keefe
518-486-1868 |

New York State Parks Seeks Police Officer Candidates

Interested candidates must sign up for Civil Service exam by August 1st, 2018

The New York State Park Police are seeking candidates interested in a rewarding law enforcement career in the New York State park system.

A competitive written Civil Service examination is scheduled to be held September 15th, 2018. For more information or to apply on-line, visit the New York State Department of Civil Service web site at:

Applications for the exam must be submitted to the Department of Civil Service by August 1st, 2018.

"State Park Police Officers are vital to ensuring our millions of visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit to New York State Parks," said Chief David Page, Director of Law Enforcement for State Parks. "I urge anyone interested seeking a rewarding career in Law Enforcement, with an emphasis on helping to keep visitors safe while also protecting our state's natural and historic treasures to take the time to apply to become a State Park Police Officer."

State Park Police assist park users, make arrests, conduct criminal and non-criminal investigations, and provide emergency services at 215 parks and historic sites across the state. State Park Police also provide special services including marine law enforcement and education duties on New York waterways, snowmobile enforcement and education, and specialized rescue teams including cliff and gorge rescues, swift water rescues and search and rescue operations throughout the state.

Applicants must be at least 20 at the time of appointment and no more than 35 at the time of the exam (military service may extend eligibility). They must pass a medical and drug screening, an agility test, psychological screening, background check and complete a six-month residential police basic school. For more information on the qualification and selection process, visit or Text: NYSPARK POLICE to 468311