The state is accepting applications through Sept. 4 for Environmental Conservation Police Officer Trainees for written tests to be held Oct. 19. The positions exist in the Department of Environmental Conservation. The fee is $35.
The salary is $54,243. Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $1,520 annual downstate adjustment. In addition, appointees who work in the following locations will receive an additional supplemental local pay in the following amounts: the counties of Orange, Putnam and Dutchess, $1,266; New York City and Rockland and Westchester Counties, $1,900; and Nassau and Suffolk Counties, $2,217.
After completing 30 weeks as a Trainee 1, the salary increases to $56,820. After an additional 22 weeks and advancement to Trainee 2, the salary increases to $59,448. Upon completion of the two-year traineeship, the salary is $62,228.
Appointees must be U.S. citizens and reside in New York State. They must be at least 21 years old and legally eligible to carry firearms.
Positions are also available for Environmental Conservation Police Officer Trainees who speak Chinese or Spanish.
Environmental Conservation Police Officer Trainees participate in a residential formal training program lasting about 26 weeks. Upon successful completion of the program, they are assigned to a patrol area, likely downstate. After assignment, they will perform enforcement work under close and continuous supervision. As sworn police officers enforcing environmental-conservation law, they investigate complaints to detect and document both state and Federal environmental-conservation-law felonies, misdemeanors and violations.
They meet with school groups, service groups, regulated community and hunter’s and angler’s clubs to promote compliance with environmental-conservation law. On occasion, they work long and irregular hours on outdoor patrols. They are required to carry firearms.
After appointment, Environmental Conservation Police Officer Trainees are required to work out of their homes and be accessible to all parts of their patrol areas. Residences must be within assigned patrol areas and be acceptable to the DEC.
On or before Oct. 19, candidates must have either 1) a bachelor's or higher-level degree, including or supplemented by 18 semester credit hours in any combination of courses indicated below; or 2) an associate's degree including or supplemented by 18 semester credit hours in any combination of courses indicated below; and one of the following: one year of experience in the areas of environmental engineering or environmental technology; freshwater or marine sciences, wildlife sciences or forestry; or one year of experience as a police officer with Municipal Police Training Course certification (or equivalent course approved by the NYS Municipal Police Training Council), or as a certified Federal law-enforcement officer; or two years of active U.S. military service with an honorable discharge.
Up to six semester credit hours in computer science may be applied towards meeting the 18 semester credit hour requirement.
Candidates who expect to meet the educational requirements by June 30, 2020 can be admitted to the written test, but cannot be considered for appointment until successful completion of the educational requirements.
Those considered for appointment will have their physical conditions, skills and abilities tested; and be subject to a background investigation, a drug-screening test and a psychological evaluation.
Candidates will be tested for their knowledge, skills and/or abilities in areas such as: Applying rules, regulations, policies, procedures, directives, etc. in police situations; memory for facts and information; reading, understanding and interpreting written information; preparing written material in a police setting; and natural resources and environment.
Passing scores are 70. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime Veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to final passing scores.
Complete information on qualifications, application requirements and procedures is available at www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/types/oc/.
The test number for Environmental Conservation Police Officer Trainees is 26-713; the number for the Chinese Language test, 26-714; and the number for the Spanish Language, 26-715.
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