DEC’s mission is “to conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being." DEC achieves this mission through the simultaneous pursuit of environmental quality, public health, economic prosperity and social well-being, including environmental justice and the empowerment of individuals to participate in environmental decisions that affect their lives.
DEC is headed by a commissioner, who is assisted by executive managers. The department has 24 divisions and offices and is further organized into bureaus to fulfill the functions and regulations established by state laws and regulations. Some programs are also governed by federal law.
The commissioner leads an agency of nearly 3,000 professionals and oversees programs that promote a clean, healthy and accessible environment, including: protecting and restoring New York's air, lands and waters; combatting climate change; regulating energy generation and promoting clean energy; enforcing state environmental laws and regulations; responding to natural and man-made disasters; managing the state’s natural resources; and supporting world-class outdoor recreation on state lands and waters, including hunting, fishing, hiking and boating.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
New York State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer