Forest Ranger 1 - Grade 14

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This title exists in Environmental Conservation, Dept of and has approximately 166 positions.

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Salary Information for Assnt Forest Ranger
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Assnt Forest Ranger 08 $40,782 $50,406
Forest Ranger 1 14 $39,358 $48,160
Forest Ranger 2 17 $46,170 $56,244
Forest Ranger 3 20 $48,389 $59,273
Assnt Dir Forest Ranger Services 62 $100,845 $127,474
Dir Forest Ranger Services 64 $123,793 $156,224

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Job Duties

As a Forest Ranger 1, you would be required to participate in a formal residential training program lasting approximately 26 weeks. Upon successful completion, you would work in an assigned patrol area, and elsewhere throughout the state for emergencies and special assignments. You would be required to work out of your home and the location of your residence must be within your assigned patrol area and be acceptable to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Forest Rangers perform a wide variety of duties related to overseeing the care, custody, and control of DEC administered lands. As a Forest Ranger 1, you would be a sworn Police Officer, authorized to investigate complaints and enforce provisions of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) and other state laws in order to protect the State's lands, other natural resources, and the people who use them. You would be required to carry firearms and complete necessary annual training for State certification. Forest Rangers conduct search and rescue operations for lost or injured persons throughout New York State; conduct wildland fire management operations including wildfire suppression in New York State and when requested for national firefighting efforts; and coordinate and assist in incident response efforts to natural and manmade emergencies and disasters. Forest Rangers educate the public concerning the proper use of public lands and resources; visit schools, fire departments, and organizations to promote resource protection; teach national and state-certified courses to other agencies, volunteer groups, and fire departments concerning search and rescue, wildland fire suppression, and wilderness safety and etiquette; and foster and develop volunteer assistance from the local communities to support the Department's wildland firefighting and search operations. At times you will be expected to work weekends and long, irregular hours. You may also directly supervise volunteers and seasonal Assistant Forest Rangers and Wildland Firefighters.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass an examination in order to be considered for this position.

On or before the date of the examination, you must have:

Either 1. a bachelor's or higher-level degree including or supplemented by 30 semester credit hours in environmental science;*

Or 2. an associate's or higher-level degree in environmental engineering, forest engineering, forest management, forest recreation, forest technology, forestry, or natural resource management;

Or 3. an associate's or higher-level degree including or supplemented by 18 semester credit hours in environmental science* AND one of the following:

a. two years of qualifying technical/professional work experience in the natural resource management field;** OR

b. two years of active United States military service with an honorable discharge.

*For the purpose of this examination, environmental science includes: forestry, forest management, forest recreation, forest resources technology, forest fire management, forest engineering, environmental engineering, environmental education, fish or wildlife biology, fish or wildlife management, and natural resource management.

Environmental science for the purpose of this exam does NOT include but is not limited to: animal science, anthropology, archeology, astronomy, chemistry, climatology, earth science, engineering (except environmental or forest), geology, human biology, limnology, mathematics, medical biology, physics, social sciences, space science, or zoology.

**Examples of experience that will NOT qualify as natural resource management experience are: lawn mowing, landscaping, tree and brush trimming, pesticide application, sawing firewood, farm hand and other types of experience that are categorized as laborer or maintenance work in a garden shop, park, or forestry setting.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. Job postings on StateJobsNY will contain the most up-to-date qualifications.

How to Apply

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Mobility Options

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through transfers opportunities or other examinations.

For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322.

You can also visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists.

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