Become a conservation officer
Protecting Utah's wildlife is a challenging, rewarding job.
It's a career that combines cutting-edge law enforcement with lots of time in the outdoors. Utah's conservation officers pursue poachers and patrol trout fisheries. They check licenses and relocate threatening wildlife. They work long hours in remote areas, knowing that their efforts protect fish, wildlife and habitat across the state.
If you want a job that makes a difference — and you like to face new challenges each day — you should consider becoming a conservation officer.
A DWR conservation officer's patrol district covers approximately 1,800 square miles. That's larger than the entire state of Rhode Island.
Before you apply
If you're interested in becoming a DWR conservation officer, you should take some important steps before submitting a résumé:
- Work in a natural-resource field (in a seasonal or full-time position).
- Get to know your local conservation officer. This is a great way to learn more about the job and the level of commitment it requires.
- Be an ethical hunter, angler and outdoor enthusiast.
- Obtain advanced education in wildlife science, biology, criminal justice or a related field (bachelor's degree strongly encouraged, but not required).
- Check to see if you meet the standards and qualifications to participate in the Peace Officer Standards and Training academy.
How to apply
The Utah DWR periodically hires new conservation officers. To see if we are hiring — and to submit your application and résumé — visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/utah.
Rigorous testing and training
If you meet the initial screening requirements, DWR personnel will interview you and begin an in-depth testing process, which includes:
- A comprehensive background investigation
- A physical test, including cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, strength, flexibility and swimming
- A written aptitude test
- Several scenario-based evaluations of candidate suitability
- An panel interview with law enforcement supervisors
- A polygraph exam
- A psychological exam
- A medical exam (following the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines)
- A final interview with DWR captains
If selected, you must then attend the State of Utah Peace Officers Standards and Training academy, a multi-week program based in Salt Lake City.
After graduating from POST, newly sworn officers-in-training are assigned to their wildlife district, where they complete a rigorous DWR field training program to develop the knowledge and skill needed to perform as a DWR conservation officer.
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