The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) offers employees a work environment that is
second to none. Our many dedicated staff report to work each day in some of the most beautiful outdoor settings in the country.
From the sheer tranquility of Montauk Point on Long Island's easternmost tip to the awe inspiring majesty of Niagara Falls on our
State's western border with Canada, there are over 200 State parks and historic sites that operate to meet the recreational needs
of the millions of visitors we receive each year.
State parks and historic sites are staffed by a core of permanent employees
who work year round to maintain these precious resources. During the peak of our operating season (May through September) the
permanent staff is supplemented by several thousand seasonal employees
who work to ensure that our patrons have a positive and safe experience when visiting our sites. Lifeguards,
who oversee our beaches and pools, and Park and Recreation Aides, who perform a variety of tasks in our parks, are two examples
of positions staffed by seasonal employees.
The New York State Park Police offers permanent employment opportunities
for those interested in a career in law enforcement. The Park Police are a corps of full time officers dedicated to ensuring
the safety of our park visitors, whether they are attending a concert or other large event at one of our sites or are simply
enjoying a relaxing day out with their family.
In addition to our permanent and seasonal employees, volunteers provide many valuable services in our parks that could not
otherwise be accomplished without their generous support. Numerous parks and historic sites have active Friends Groups that help
coordinate volunteer efforts and raise money for important programs. So even if a career in Parks is not in your plans, there are
still lots of ways to get involved and help preserve our abundant recreational resources for current and future generations to enjoy.