If you want a rewarding career in law enforcement with an emphasis on helping people and protecting the state's natural and historic treasures, consider becoming a New York State Park Police Officer. Our team works in some of the most beautiful places in the state. Contact a Park Police Recruiter in your area.
Recruitment for the 2024 Park Police Academy begins now! The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation is accepting applications now for Park Police Officer Trainees. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2023. Learn how to apply below.
The first step is to apply by submitting the following documents to PPOCareers@parks.ny.gov:
After applying, if you submit the documentation above and meet all the eligibility requirements listed below, you will be contacted with an invitation to the Agility Testing in Fall 2023 (date to be announced).
If you have any questions, please contact Division Headquarters at (518) 474-4029.
If you have additional questions, please review the Hiring Process Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) and call or email with any additional questions.
To learn more about the Park Police Academy and working as a Park Police Officer, click here: Academy and Job Scope Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
The current starting salary for a NY State Park Police Officer Trainee, Grade 13, is $56,360. As a Trainee, you will participate in a one-year traineeship. Upon completion of the traineeship, you will advance to the Grade 14 Park Police Officer. Please see the chart below to learn more about Park Police Officer salaries.
Additional Geographic Pay:
Officers who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $1,613 annual downstate adjustment.
In addition to the downstate adjustment, Officers who work in the following locations will receive an additional supplemental local pay in the following amounts:
The counties of Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess - $1,343
The five boroughs of New York City, Rockland, and Westchester Counties - $2,017
Nassau and Suffolk Counties - $2,352.
NEW: Additionally, Officers who work in the mid-Hudson region (Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Westchester counties) or downstate region (Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond, Nassau, or Suffolk counties) are eligibile to receive an additional $15,000 in geographic pay differential. Learn more.
|Base Salary*||Upstate||Orange/ Dutchess||NYC/Rockland/ Westchester||Nassau/ Suffolk|
|SG-13 Trainee (at the Academy)||$56,360||X||X||X||X|
|SG-13 Trainee (after 6 months)||$57,827||$57,827||$74,170||$76,457||$76,792|
|SG-14 Hiring Rate||$59,298||$65,798||$82,141||$84,428||$84,763|
|SG-14 Job Rate||$71,862||$78,362||$94,705||$96,992||$97,327|
|*Without any additional contractual or geographic pay included.|
|**Work Location is determined by the needs of the agency.|
NY State Park Police
Albany, New York 12238
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.