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New York State Department of Civil Service

Division of Classification & Compensation


Tentative Classification Standard



Occ. Code 1506400

Forest Ranger 4, Grade 23

Brief Description of Class Series


Forest Rangers are sworn police officers, who work within an assigned geographic area, and enforce provisions of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) in order to protect and enhance the State’s lands and natural resources and the well-being of the public who use these resources.  Forest Rangers 4 function as zone managers over three geographic areas encompassing one or more regions in the Division of Forest Protection and Fire Management. 


These positions are classified only at the Department of Environmental Conservation.



Distinguishing Characteristics


            Forest Ranger 4


Manager; supervises Forest Rangers 3; oversees multi-county geographic areas and administrative programs in Central Office; and ensures programs and regions comply with Department and Division policies and procedures and accomplish Division goals.



Illustrative Tasks


Reporting to an Assistant Director Forest Ranger Services, serves as statewide duty officer; oversees field operations and responses to statewide emergencies; oversees and inspects evidence collection facilities; assists Office of Professional Standards with investigating complaints against personnel by interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and preparing reports for executive review; oversees the resolution of disciplinary issues and directs appropriate counseling efforts; directs training and development programs for staff; develops relationships and coordinates communication activities across local, State, and federal law enforcement organizations; and plans the activities and implements policies for various regions.



Minimum Qualifications


Promotion: either one year or service as a Forest Ranger 3 OR three years of service as a Forest Ranger 2.




Note:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent, and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum requirements for appointment or examination.