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  • tanksoldier
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    Originally posted by Chris Duda View Post
    Is my dream of being a game warden as stupid to chase as people tell me because I don’t have prior LE experience? Is it a 1 in a million kind of thing?
    I've been thru the process for CA's DFW. Most of the other applicants had no prior experience.

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  • retired1995
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    Here in Colorado the basic requirement is a degree in wildlife management, conservation, or closely related fields. Wildlife officers are certified peace officers with statewide authority, but all that means is that they have completed the basic law enforcement academy program.

    I suspect that many other states have a similar focus for their wildlife conservation personnel.

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  • CityCop11B
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    In my state, most game wardens do not have prior LE experience because regular law enforcement pays more and officers are unlikely to take the pay cut to become game wardens. If you want to be a warden, your best bet would be to pursue a B.S. in a forestry/fisheries/wildlife related field and work for a local park system as a ranger if possible in the meantime. If you're less science-oriented, go for a B.A. in environmental policy or something of the sort.

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  • ThinBlue404
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    Originally posted by just joe View Post
    It is a tough job to get, and a degree in biology, environmental science, forestry, fisheries, etc. would serve you well. I would also look at your state's Dept. of Natural Resources police/ranger positions, as well as local park districts, if you want a "nature" type job.
    What Joe said. Most wardens/conservation officers are not hired because of their expertise as law enforcement officers. That can be taught. It’s understanding the all environmental type stuff and having some experience in that area.

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  • just joe
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    Ohio has almost 26,000 sworn officers. At full staffing, wildlife officers number 88 -- one for each county.

    I worked with one guy who was able to get on as a wildlife officer. He said the test had a lot to do with fish, birds, and trees. IIRC, his degree was in biology. It is a tough job to get, and a degree in biology, environmental science, forestry, fisheries, etc. would serve you well. I would also look at your state's Dept. of Natural Resources police/ranger positions, as well as local park districts, if you want a "nature" type job.

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  • Bing_Oh
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    I'm not sure that it's a one in a million chance because you lack prior LE experience, but your odds are decreased compared to most LE positions because there just aren't that many game wardens employed in most areas. It's just a pretty specialized area of LE with a limited number of positions.

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  • Iowa #1603
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    MOST game wardens I know have no prior LE experience

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  • Chris Duda
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    Is my dream of being a game warden as stupid to chase as people tell me because I don’t have prior LE experience? Is it a 1 in a million kind of thing?

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