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June 26, 2012

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is looking for up to 15 exceptional men and women ready for a challenging and rewarding career as a conservation warden.

DNR Chief Warden Randy Stark says being a conservation warden is a very fulfilling career. "It is an opportunity to serve the public in a very meaningful way -- by protecting our natural resources and the people who enjoy them," Stark said. "Wardens also work in close partnership with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to achieve the mission. Conservation wardens have an incredibly diverse array of job responsibilities that require a unique combination of skills, knowledge and abilities."

Stark says the 15 wardens to be hired are needed in light of the current 38 warden service vacancies. "Like many employers, our age structure is creating some pretty significant turnover," he said, adding the turnover will continue for a few years.

The anticipated employment and training start date for the new wardens is March 11, 2013. Another round of hiring likely will begin in 2014.

The warden recruitment process is a competitive one. There are eligibility standards including college study, a valid state driver's license, a clean background and physical fitness requirements.

People interested in a career as a conservation warden can visit Wisc.Jobs (exit DNR) to learn about the hiring and required online exam. Those needing computer and Internet access can find these at public libraries or Wisconsin Job Service offices. Applicants must create a free account with Wisc.Jobs to complete the application and exam. The deadline to apply and to complete the exam is 11:59 p.m. on July 27, 2012.

To learn more about being a conservation warden, visit the DNR website at and search keywords "warden recruit."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff King, 608-219-4887; Joanne Haas, 608-267-0798

Last Revised: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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