Occ. Code 1501200


New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard


Park Rangers patrol State parks and wilderness areas to protect State property, encourage the orderly enjoyment of park facilities and natural resources, and assure the safety and well-being of the public. The majority of these positions are seasonal in nature assigned primarily to the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Department of Environmental Conservation.


PARK RANGER: non-competitive jurisdictional class; employed at parks, historic sites, and wilderness areas; perform security and public assistance duties; no police powers.


Park Patrol Officers enforce all State and local laws and agency rules and regulations at recreational and historic sites operated by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. They have full police powers.

Environmental Conservation Officers enforce the Environmental Conservation Law to protect, preserve, and improve the quality of the State's environment. They engage in activities to control or prevent air and water pollution, the improper disposal of solid, toxic, and hazardous wastes, the improper use of herbicides and pesticides, the demise of endangered species, and the over-harvesting of fish and wildlife. They have full police powers.

Forest Rangers preserve and protect the State's forest and land resources by engaging in forest fire prevention and suppression activities, caring for State lands and forests, controlling insects and diseases, conducting search and rescue missions, and providing security, supervision, and public education for recreation programs.


Provide advice and assistance to the public.

Perform security activities to ensure the safety and security of visitors and facilities.

Perform routine maintenance work on trails and other facilities, including placing signs, removing blow downs, and removing debris and garbage.

Give tours and present talks to school groups, park patrons, and others.

Assist in fire suppression and prevention activities.

Prepare reports and maintain records relating to daily activities, public use, maintenance needs, and law enforcement.


Park Rangers must be able to work alone and without direct supervision in the performance of work activities. Frequently, the size of the area to which Park Rangers are assigned is at a considerable distance from their immediate supervisors, requiring them to perform their activities without direct control or immediate review and assistance. They are expected to make decisions and determine the correct course of action in most instances, using common sense and their knowledge of safety and security procedures and agency programs and facilities.

Park Rangers are typically supervised by Park Managers in the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and by Forest Rangers in the Department of Environmental Conservation. Supervisors review their reports, assign assistance when needed, train staff, provide procedures, guidelines, and laws, and evaluate their performance.


Park Rangers perform duties that are fairly routine. They exercise judgment and discretion in performing their duties. They are expected to understand the rules and regulations that govern their work and apply them in a variety of work situations and understand, represent, and answer questions about the programs, natural resources, and facilities where they work.


Park Rangers have frequent face-to-face communications with the public to provide information, answer questions, and provide assistance and advice. They must use tact and diplomacy to encourage proper behavior and use of facilities and wilderness areas and to minimize conflict when enforcing laws, rules, and regulations.

Park Rangers communicate in writing by preparing simple narrative, factual reports.


This class does not routinely supervise. In conducting search and rescue or fire suppression activities Park Rangers may supervise other seasonal employees.


Non-competitive: Six months of experience in law enforcement, security, environmental conservation or protection, or in a park or recreation setting; or 60 college credits; or an Associate Degree. Appointees must have a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.


Date: 5/97