Two locals become rangers, one an ECO
Three local residents graduated from the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Public Protection Academy in Pulaski Friday, Oct. 18.
The academy trains environmental conservation officers and forest rangers.
Corenne Black of Lake Placid and Logan Quinn of Keene Valley graduated as forest rangers while Bradley Buffa of Saranac Lake became an environmental conservation officer.
Black has been assigned to St. Lawrence County, Quinn is now in Sullivan County, and Buffa is in Queens County.
New hires have a one-year traineeship period, followed by a one-year probationary period. Forest rangers and ECOs reported to work earlier this week.
The starting salary for forest rangers is $58,407. ECOs start at $53,304; then after 30 weeks of their training, it goes up to $55,713. After another 22 weeks, they earn $58,171.
The starting salaries for both ECOs and forest rangers kicked in at the beginning of the academy in early May.
A total of 47 uniformed officers successfully completed the 24-week basic police academy. Thirty-one were ECOs, and 16 were forest rangers.
This was the first academy for forest rangers since 2007 and the first for ECOs since 2008.
In addition, one open forest ranger position in the town of Minerva in Essex County will be filled by Jamison Martin, an academy graduate from Saratoga Springs.