Employment Opportunities

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is committed to preserving the quality of Rhode Island’s environment, maintaining the health and safety of its residents, and protecting the natural systems upon which life depends. Together with many partners, we offer assistance to individuals, businesses, and municipalities; conduct research, find solutions, and enforce laws created to protect the environment.

Seasonal staff stand on the steps at Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett

Full-Time Employment

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) serves as the chief steward of the state’s natural resources – from beautiful Narragansett Bay to our local waters and green spaces to the air we breathe. Our mission put simply is to protect, restore, and promote our environment to ensure Rhode Island remains a wonderful place to live, visit, and raise a family. Join our dedicated staff and play a vital role in providing positive visitor experiences while protecting Rhode Island's beautiful natural resources. We employ engineers, mechanics, educators, data analysts, project managers, law enforcement officers, biologists, and more. All job postings are coordinated through the Rhode Island Department of Administration's Human Resources Division.

Employment opportunities are listed through the State of Rhode Island Career Pages.

Contract positions through partnerships:

Seasonal Employment

We supplement our full-time staff with seasonal employees year-round and during our peak operating season from May to October. We offer seasonal positions at DEM's Headquarters in Providence and at locations in satellite offices across Rhode Island. Many seasonal opportunites occur in DEM's Division of Parks and Recreation which hires lifeguards for both freshwater and saltwater beaches, beach managers, park rangers and naturalists, recreational area clerks, facilities attendants, and campground attendants. Pay ranges for seasonal positions range from $11.50 to $17.75 an hour. Hourly rates for lifeguards range from $13.25 to $16.25, based on location and position level.

View Seasonal Opportunities

Learn about incentive bonuses and raises for state lifeguards

Upcoming Events

This agency does not assume responsibility for applications sent through the mail. Also, while we try to maintain an up-to-date listing on this site and correct any errors brought to our attention, we do not guarantee that this listing represents all jobs. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at the address and phone number listed below.

Office of Human Resources

235 Promenade St.
Providence, RI 02908
Room 350
Phone: (401) 222-2774

The Department of Environmental Management is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer M/F/D.