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DNR to hire 20 full-time conservation wardens; new & experienced urged to apply

Published by Central Office June 27, 2017

Contact(s): Jeffrey King, 608-219-4887

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Law Enforcement has announced it will hire 20 full-time conservation wardens to fill vacancies statewide in a process officials say will recognize experience in compensation packages and welcome all levels of applicants.

Lt. Jeffrey King, bureau assistant training director who has been a conservation warden for more than 17 years, said the application period will open Friday, June 30, and close at the end of the business day on July 14. Those new to law enforcement as well as experienced law enforcement officers are encouraged to apply for what King calls a career bigger and more diverse than the entire Wisconsin outdoors.

"The level of experience of each applicant will be considered in compensation," King said. The group of 20 will start in January and become the Class of 2018.

"I came to be a warden from working as a county sheriff's patrol deputy. I can say this is a career that is bigger than the outdoors that wardens strive to protect - and the people who enjoy all those resources," King said, adding wardens will work in the open land and water areas as well as state forests and parks. "This is a career rich with opportunities, diversity and responsibilities. It is hard work without a doubt, but incredibly satisfying."

Warden John Sinclair, chair of the bureau's Warden Recruitment Committee, says the career not only is a good fit for those passionate about the resources and ensuring the safety of those enjoying those resources, but also looking for balance. "The warden career is fulfilling - with the benefit that it is loaded with variety and flexibility many are looking for," Sinclair said.

To learn more about the career and to contact King with questions about compensation and more, search the DNR website,, for Warden Recruit.

Last Revised: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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