DEC hiring for camping and summer recreation season


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the availability of employment opportunities for the summer recreational season.

Individuals looking for seasonal summer employment who enjoy the outdoors are encouraged to learn more about opportunities to work at DEC facilities according to the announcement by DEC officials.

The Department of Environmental Conservation operates 52 public campgrounds and five day use areas throughout the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, officials said.

Each year, the DEC hires more than 500 seasonal employees to provide a variety of services to the public throughout the summer season at these state facilities.

All levels of experience and skill sets are needed, ranging from supervisors, lifeguards, security, maintenance, cleaning staff, and booth workers, the DEC officials said.

Some positions start as early as May, but varying start dates can be accommodated based on school and work schedules, the announcement said.

Individuals at least 16 years old interested in summer lifeguarding positions at DEC facilities must complete the waterfront lifeguard course to be considered for employment and a no-cost waterfront lifeguard course will be offered April 19 – 22, in Gloversville, Fulton County, the DEC said.

The free lifeguard course includes certification in required lifeguarding and waterfront skills, CPR/AED for professional rescuers, and first aid.

All applicants for seasonal summer employment must be willing to work weekends and holidays.

Those interested in summer employment with DEC or looking for more information should visit:, call 518-457-2500, ext. 1, or email


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