Preparing to become a Conservation Warden

Who are we and what do we do? - You can’t begin to prepare for a career if you do not know anything about it. Get to know the Wisconsin DNR and learn what conservation wardens do before you apply. Sign up for and read about what we do in the warden wire and find out there is no such thing as an average day in the Day in a Life of a Conservation Warden.

Minimum Qualifications - are just that … minimums. Keep in mind that most successful candidates possess education and experience beyond the minimum qualifications listed below. This career path is very competitive and you should do everything you can to make your application stand out in the hiring process.

  • 60 college credits (or approved credit waiver from WI DOJ LESB)
  • Possess or be able to obtain a WI driver’s license
  • 18 years old when hired
  • NO felony or domestic violence convictions
  • Pass the entrance fitness testing, including a swim test
  • Hunter, Boating, ATV and Snowmobile safety certificates

Education and Training

Well-qualified candidates possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field of study. Coursework with emphasis on natural resources, criminal justice, government, and public relations will be helpful throughout your career. Having law enforcement credentials before being hired is not a requirement, but well-qualified candidates often do.

Work Experience

Any employment or internship in related fields will help strengthen your application. Even if you do not have work experience in the law enforcement or natural resources career fields, whatever you do for work, do it well. Having a good work ethic and positive relationship with your previous employers will make you stand out as a potential candidate.

Life Experience

Well-qualified candidates will have at least some experience hunting, trapping, fishing, ATVing, snowmobiling, and/or boating. Getting outside and enjoying the outdoors is one of the easiest ways to become a better qualified candidate and add to your resume. Another way to become a better qualified candidate is to get involved in your community. A few ways to do so include joining a club, volunteering, mentoring youth, or participating in community service events.

Skills and abilities

    The following list of strengths, skills and abilities are generally found in successful candidates.
  • A strong passion and dedication for protecting our natural resources
  • Honesty, drive, determination, curiosity, confidence, assertiveness and professionalism
  • Ability to self-direct their daily activities in an efficient and accountable manner
  • An interest in being involved in the community and interacting with all types of groups
  • Being comfortable giving public presentations and interacting with a diversity of people

For more information contact the Conservation Warden Recruiter: Jeffrey King
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