Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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Updated May 31, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Committed and supportive management with clear focus on mission.

    Cons

    Institutional change moves slowly. Average salary supported with strong benefits and pension.


  2. A great place to work if money is not an issue.

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    Former Employee - Parks Management Trainee in Emporium, PA
    Former Employee - Parks Management Trainee in Emporium, PA

    I worked at Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get to work outside a lot, in nature and preserve the beauty of our environment for everyone.

    Cons

    When working indoors, you will be working on outdated equipment and with extremely limited budgets as the state continues to cut spending. Money is a huge disappointment - though I did expect a low salary - there was just no way to work this job and pay for student loans. The ends wouldn't meet. Ultimately, I ended volunteering for a year after college (my parents were very supportive in letting my stay at home for free and helping me along the way) with DCNR to get the opportunity to apply for a Park Management Trainee position. I finally got the interview, second interview, offer and accepted but ultimately chose to move on after finding I just couldn't make ends meet. And that was the end of working for the state government for me.

    Advice to Management

    Public/private partnerships are where things need to head. It's tough to work in uniforms that aren't made for the outdoors (ex. Police Depts switching to Under Armour). It's even tougher to work on computers that are a decade old. If money to support parks and rec opportunities isn't coming from the public side and parks are suffering, the only other choice is to get it from private sources.


  3. The Department of Environmental Protection, Engineering Scientific and Technical Intern

    Former Intern - Engineering Scientific and Technical in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Intern - Engineering Scientific and Technical in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The DEP was a fun company to work for. We did take our job seriously, but we got to take bug samples from streams and boat and catch fish many days out of the summer. It was great, and everyone was friendly.

    Cons

    Due to current office holders in our State Government, the rules were a little bit messed up. For instance, employees were required to put 1000 miles on their vehicles every month or the vehicles would be taken away. Our mission is to protect the environment, not drive around excessively to make it seem like we're doing more.


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  5. Good place to work but controlled by politics.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

    Pros

    Great job if you love nature & teaching others about nature.

    Cons

    Politics control decisions, not best interest or common sense.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the reason our department exists.


  6. Field Worker

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    Former Employee - Field Worker in Indiana, PA
    Former Employee - Field Worker in Indiana, PA

    I worked at Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    These people were great to work with, the job was enjoyable but physically harder than most. The work hours were flexible and you worked independently.

    Cons

    The inability of the PA legislators and governor to reach a decision on the budget.Keep

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.



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