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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police Officer Examination Announcement

Posted on: Tuesday 06/07/16


Don’t Miss the Civil Service Exam for Environmental Conservation Police Officer and start an exciting career protecting New York’s natural resources and environment!

Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) are sworn police officers involved in the enforcement of the Environmental Conservation Law in order to protect the State's natural resources and environment. They investigate complaints in order to detect and document both state and federal Environmental Conservation Law felonies, misdemeanors and violations. Environmental Conservation Officers meet with school groups, service groups, regulated community and hunter's and angler's clubs to promote compliance with environmental conservation law, which includes fish and wildlife law. At times, they are expected to work long and irregular hours on outdoor patrols. ECOs are required to carry a firearm.

The position of Environmental Conservation Officer Trainee is filled through the use of eligible lists resulting from a written examination administered by the Department of Civil Service. For additional information on Civil Service Examinations, see the links leaving DEC's website to "Civil Service Exam Announcements," "Civil Service Exam Notification," and Civil Service FAQs" on the right side of this page. 

Exam announcement: September 2, 2016
Exam filing deadline: October 5, 2016
Tentative Exam Date: November 19, 2016 

Compensation Details/Other Benefits:
An ECO is hired as an ECO Trainee 1. All ECO Trainee 1's must complete a 26-week residential basic training academy. This academy emphasizes police skills as well as the technical aspects of environmental law enforcement. They then must perform enforcement work under close and continuous supervision of a Field Training Officer. The ECO Trainee 1, after successfully completing his or her first year, will advance to ECO Trainee 2. Upon Completion of a 2nd year in the training program, the Trainee 2 will advance to ECO.

Currently the hiring rate for ECO Trainee 1 is $53,304. After completing 30 weeks as an ECO Trainee 1, the salary increases to $55,703. After an additional 22 weeks and progression to ECO Trainee 2, the salary increases to $58,170. Upon completion of the 2-year traineeship, the salary is $60,769.

ECOs qualify to take the promotional examination for Environmental Conservation Investigator 1, Environmental Conservation Investigator 2 and Supervising ECO. Further promotional opportunities are available through competitive examination and satisfactory experience.The career ladder continues to include: Chief Environmental Conservation Officer; Environmental Conservation Investigator 4, Assistant Director Division of Law Enforcement and Director Division of Law Enforcement.


1. A bachelor's, or higher level degree including or supplemented by 18 semester credit hours in any combination of courses indicated as qualifying course work. See website to determine qualifying course work: http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/746.html

To Apply:

Sign up now for notice of exam date: www.cs.ny.gov/announ/emaillist.cfm