Every day, our conservation wardens go above and beyond to protect Wisconsin’s natural resources and the people who use and depend on them. We’re proud of our wardens, their accomplishments and our agency’s legacy. But what does the Conservation Warden Service do to take care of our staff?
Forget the cubicle. The office of a conservation warden is unlike any other. We work in the woods, on the water and in our trucks to get great things done. Wardens often work alone, making their own decisions and investigating their own cases. Do you want to be in the driver’s seat?
How would you like to make your own work schedule? The Wisconsin Conservation Warden Service allows field wardens great flexibility in their work scheduling, which can make it easier to “flex” your schedule as professional and personal needs dictate. Forget the shift work and start making your own schedule!
Ongoing training is not just an opportunity – it’s a necessity for our wardens. You’ll have chances to participate in advanced trainings on everything from internet investigations, to tactical boat operations, and leadership development.
Are you up for new challenges and responsibilities? The Wisconsin Conservation Warden Service provides exciting opportunities for specialization and promotion. These include (but aren’t limited to) training other wardens as a field training officer or tactical training instructor, participating on special teams such as our remotely operated underwater vehicle team, or promoting to a recreational safety warden, investigator or supervisory position.
All conservation wardens are assigned a take-home, state-owned vehicle for work use, and have access to boats, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles for use during patrols. This gives wardens the unique flexibility to respond to calls for service by simply stepping out of their front door. No more commuting to work!
Conservation wardens are provided with quality State benefits, including some well-deserved time off from a busy work schedule. Benefits also include various healthcare coverage options, sick leave, life insurance, retirement and investment plans. Planning for the future is important. We make it easy.
Conservation warden schedules often include working long hours and can be unpredictable. Conservation wardens earn competitive wages and are eligible to earn overtime, as well add-on pay for nights and weekends worked. We know it takes more than a 9 AM – 5 PM schedule to protect our state’s natural resources, and we’ve got you covered.
The fringe benefits offered to State of Wisconsin employees are a significant and valuable part of an individual's compensation package. The fringe benefits may vary somewhat between employee groups based on occupational status (i.e., protective, executive, general), whether or not the employees are covered by a collective bargaining agreement and the percentage of full-time employment.
The 2019-2021 State of Wisconsin Compensation Plan created a "pay upon appointment" rule that allows conservation wardens to be appointed at a minimum of $24.00 per hour and up to $32.91 depending on how much full time law enforcement experience they have. It also created a pay progression where wardens move up a pay scale at years 3 ($ 25.22), 5 ($26.00), 7($27.61), 9($29.73), and 11($32.91). Do you have law enforcement experience and want to know where you would land? Contact our warden Recruiting Officer.
The Wisconsin DNR’s Conservation Warden training program is approved for the GI Bill®. This means if you are hired you may be eligible to use your GI Bill Benefits for On-the-Job-Training.
For more information contact the Conservation Warden Recruiter: Recruiting Officer
Preparing to become a Conservation Warden | Hiring Process | The First Year of Training - What to Expect | A Day in the Life of a Warden | Benefits