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Qualifications and standards

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Conservation Warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Law Enforcement. We are pleased you have chosen us as a potential employer.

Minimum qualifications

  • Education
    • Have completed 60 academic credits from an accredited college or university.
    • Well-qualified candidates will have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field of study (e.g., natural resources, environmental protection, law enforcement, emergency management and government, public administration, or education).
    • Recruits with children
  • Possess or be eligible to obtain a valid Wisconsin drivers license;
  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Have NO unpardoned felony convictions or convictions of domestic violence laws;
  • Applicants must be in excellent health, free from any physical, emotional and mental condition that might adversely affect performance as a law enforcement officer;
  • Successfully pass the minimum entrance level for fitness testing and meet vision, hearing, and physical standards. For more information please visit Fitness and Medical testing
  • Must be able to swim “un-aided” 200 yards (any stroke), within seven minutes and 35 seconds.

Desired knowledge and skills

  • Natural resource management including the habits and environmental preferences of birds, animals and fish common to Wisconsin.
  • Weapons, traps, tackle, etc., used in taking game and fish.
  • Observation and recall techniques.
  • Safe use of firearms, boats, ATV's, snowmobiles, and other issued equipment and maintenance.
  • Interpersonal and human relations skills.
  • Public presentation experience.
  • Experience in teaching and educating at various age levels.

We're looking for people who have demonstrated the following strengths, skills and abilities.

  • A strong affinity, interest and passion for protecting our natural resources.
  • Want to be positive and dedicated employees of the Department of Natural Resources.
  • Are interested in interacting with people on a daily basis in a caring and positive manner.
  • Show the willingness to become involved in their communities, including interacting with sporting, conservation, and civic groups. Interested in working with these organizations to solve problems within the community.
  • Have the innate and trained abilities to be a good law enforcement officer - drive, determination, curiosity, confidence, assertiveness and professionalism.
  • Can be effective working in both a team setting and alone. Can self-direct their activities on a daily basis in an effective, efficient and accountable manner without the need for close supervision.
Last revised: Tuesday April 16 2013