New York State Harbormaster & Bay Constable Association
Bay Constable Job Description and Qualifications (Suffolk County Only)
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS (Suffolk County Only)
Under general supervision, an employee in this class patrols town or village harbors, channels, rivers and
bays primarily to enforce federal, state and local ordinances governing game fish and shellfish areas and
incumbent is responsible for enforcing navigation laws regulating the proper use and speed of craft in local
waters. The incumbent works with limited supervision and is expected to use good judgment, firmness and
tact in carrying out assignments. Work is reviewed through regular inspections, conferences and written
reports. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Operates a patrol boat or other vehicle to enforce federal, state and local laws regulating hunting, fishing,
clamming and boating in town or village waters;
Installs and maintains channel buoys, dock and bulkhead lights, and navigation signs or signals relating to
Investigates reports of boating accidents, drownings, hazards to navigation and other waterway activities
and renders assistance and first aid;
Inspects seeding beds and polluted areas for illegal fishing and clamming; checks permits of fishermen
and clammers; issues warnings and summonses to violators; makes summary arrests when required;
Checks harbor and waterway conditions following storms or hurricanes and submits reports on silting or
water erosion and other physical damage;
Investigates hazards to navigation, such as sunken or derelict craft, logs or debris.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of federal, state and local laws governing hunting, fishing, clamming and boating in local
waters; good knowledge of the geography of local waterways and water systems; good knowledge of the
operation and maintenance of power boats, marine and harbor equipment; skill in the operation of a power
boat; ability to make inspections and to enforce conservation and boating laws firmly, tactfully and
impartially; ability to understand and interpret conservation and boating laws to the general public; ability
to keep records and to prepare written reports; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the
a) Graduation from a New York State or Regionally accredited college or university with an Associates
Degree in Criminal Justice, Marine Conservation, Marine Transportation, Marine Maintenance or a related
b) Graduation from a standard senior high school or possession of a high school equivalence diploma,
and two (2) years of experience in marine conservation, marine transportation, marine maintenance,
commercial fishing and/or clamming, as a member of the United States Navy, as a merchant able body
seaman, or as a peace or police officer as defined in sections1.20 and 2.10 of New York State Criminal
Procedure Law; or,
c) An equivalent combination of education and experience as defined by the limits of a) and b).
NOTE: Possession of a current United States Coast Guard Master’s license, for which at least 360 days of
service were needed to qualify for examination, will substitute for all experience.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
1. There will be a qualifying psychological evaluation.
2. Candidates must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at the time of appointment.
3. Candidates must be certified by or be able to obtain certification by the Municipal Police Training
Council as a peace officer.
SUFFOLK COUNTY CIVIL SERVICE
Please note that New York State Harbormaster & Bay Constable Association is not an agency
that hires for the positions of bay constable and harbormaster. Please seek out the agency within
the townships and/or counties that you are interested in. Please refer to the Agency Contact List.
Also, New York State Harbormaster & Bay Constable Association can not and will not endorse
anyone for the position of either bay constable nor harbormaster.
Please note that this job description was obtained from the Suffolk County Civil Service
website and is only posted here as to give an idea of what duties may be performed.
The Bay Constable job description from other Civil Service Departments such as
Nassau, Westchester and New York State have their own definitions of the title of Bay
Constable. Work activities and Duties will be different amongst other counties.