Each state, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has its own job requirements and training protocols that interested applicants should become familiar with.
Most state wildlife departments require candidates to be at least 21 years old. Game wardens must be able to legally operate any type of motor vehicle, from a boat to an all-terrain vehicle to a truck, among others. A clean criminal background is required with no felony or misdemeanor domestic violence convictions. Candidates must complete a number of assessments, which include a physical fitness assessment, a medical evaluation, and a psychologically evaluation.
Some wildlife departments require the completion of an associate’s degree, however many require a bachelor’s degree at minimum. A few state wildlife departments accept experience in lieu of education. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prefers candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. A relevant degree could be natural resource conservation, wildlife conservation, ecology, wildlife biology, environmental science, fish and wildlife management, or criminal justice.
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