DEC announces salary hike for environmental conservation officers

The State Department of Environmental Conservation is announcing a new salary incentive to attract and recruit environmental conservation police and forest rangers in the lower Hudson Valley and some downstate locations.

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the DEC announced Friday that a new 15,000 dollar pay differential has been approved boosting the starting salary for environmental conservation police from just over 66 thousand dollars per year to just over 81 thousand dollars per year.

It also increases the starting salary for forest rangers from about 63 thousand dollars per year to about 78 thousand.

The raise is intended to address the disparity in salaries between the state and competing employers.