For individuals looking to obtain valuable work experience or to contribute to the conservation of New York State's environment, a variety of volunteer opportunities are available at DEC. These opportunities are specific to DEC's program divisions, and availability varies across the state.
Some examples of the volunteering opportunities include grooming and clearing of hiking and snowmobiling trails on state owned lands; assisting the wildlife biologists in studying or releasing game; assisting Environmental Educators at DEC's Environmental Education Centers (EEC) thru friends groups as instructors, greeters, assistant naturalists, gardeners, docents or clerical help; teaching DEC-sponsored programs such as "Becoming an Outdoorswoman"; and working as student interns in various capacities. For more information, please contact the program division or regional office in which you are interested.
DEC Environmental Education Centers
Reinstein Woods EEC Volunteer Program - located in Depew, Erie County
Natural Resource Volunteer Opportunities
Data Collection Opportunities in Wildlife: Small game, furbearer surveys and studies
- American Eel Research
- Amphibian Migrations and Road Crossings
- Anglers Diary Cooperator Program
- Artificial Reef Angler or Diver
- Blue Crab Survey Form
- Moose Sighting Report
- Striped Bass Cooperative Anglers
- Hudson River Striped Bass Cooperative Angler Program
Coastal Beach Clean-up: visit the American Littoral Society website.