Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

New York State Park Police: Public Safety Ranger

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Duties & Responsibilities

Public Safety Rangers provide general security services within the Division of Park Police of the Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. They are responsible for insuring patron safety, and the prevention of unlawful activities, through patrol (presence). This is a seasonal-only position, generally from late May to Labor Day. Public Safety Rangers are subject to the provisions of the Security Guard Act of 1993, are unarmed and have neither peace nor police officer status. They will be assigned to patrol park facilities and grounds, maintain order, enforce park ordinances/regulations, and answer questions from park patrons. On a situational basis, incumbents may also assist with search and rescue operations and marine patrol.


The hiring process runs from January 1st through March 31st. Applications submitted after the hiring process closes will remain on file for the next season.

Current salary for a Public Safety Ranger is $18.88 an hour.

Employment Application (pdf)

Positions Available

Positions for Public Safety Rangers exist in all regions in the Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, which include Park regions Allegany, Central, Finger Lakes, Genesee, Long Island, New York City, Niagara, Palisades, Saratoga, Taconic and Thousand Islands.


Candidate Must:

  • be a United States citizen;
  • be at least age 18 at time of appointment;
  • have a High School Diploma or its equivalent;
  • have a valid Class D New York State Drivers License;
  • meet certain physical and medical requirements, including drug testing;
  • be of good moral character and successfully complete a background investigation. Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may bar appointment*
  • successfully complete 80 hours of prescribed training including 24 hours of Security Guard training*

*Fees apply: candidate is required to pay for background fingerprinting ($101.75) and NYS Security Guard License Application Fee ($36); rates as of 1/2018 and subject to change. Training provided by NYS Park Police at the Park Police Training Academy in Rensselaerville, NY.

Uniforms, Equipment, Appearance & Conduct Standards

All uniforms and equipment are provided and must be returned at the end of the season. Uniforms may only be worn while on duty and any issued equipment can only be used for official State business. Public Safety Rangers will be expected to present an image consistent with and act in accordance with the mission of the agency and the Division of Law Enforcement.


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

For Additional Information and to find out where to mail your application, Contact The NYS Park Police recruiting officer at the Park Police Office nearest you:

  • Long Island - (631) 321-3700 (Nassau, Suffolk)
  • New York City - (212) 694-3620
  • 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 (information only; no positions)