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 New York Department of Environmental Conservation

New York Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
Phone: 1-800-457-7362
Email: dpaeweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

From this page you can find information about the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as an organization: its structure, management and policies, history, contacts, jobs and volunteer opportunities.

How DEC is Organized
The department and its programs are authorized and governed by state Environmental Conservation Law, with some programs also governed by federal law. Each program follows regulations codified in 6 New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (6NYCRR).

DEC is headed by a Commissioner, who is assisted by Executive Managers (PDF, 21 kb). Program divisions are led by Division Directors and organized into bureaus that carry out the functions established by state law.

Working from regional offices across the state and a central office in Albany, some 3,500 DEC staff pursue scientific assessment and vigorous action to protect and enhance New York's environment and natural resources. Each regional office serves communities within its boundaries.

Citizens sometimes help in DEC's work without compensation, either as participants in advisory groups, or as volunteers on important projects, such as environmental education.