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Conservation Warden (2018 Recruit Class) 
Job Announcement Code: 1601615

Classification Title(s)/JAC:
  Job Working Title(s): 
  Conservation Warden (2018 Recruit Class)
Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
This position is in pay schedule/range 05-63. Pay will be between $23.00 to $35.44 per hour ($47,840 to $73,715.20 annually). Pay on appointment for current or former state employees may vary according to applicable provisions of administrative code or the WI Compensation Plan. Pay for existing law enforcement officers will be determined based on years of full time experience. A 24 month probationary period may be required.
Andrea Augle, HR Specialist or 414-263-8567
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Deadline to Apply:
Please submit required application, resume and cover letter by deadline of 11:59 p.m., CST on 07/17/2017.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Law Enforcement currently has openings for Conservation Wardens.  At this time we plan to fill up to 20 vacancies.   Each appointee will know where they will be stationed upon appointment in late 2017.

Our mission is to protect, enhance and promote the safe and wise use of our natural resources through enforcement, education and community-based wardening that guarantees fair and equal treatment of all. 

Position Summary:   

Conservation Wardens are Wisconsin Law Enforcement officers, whose primary responsibility is to protect the natural resources of the state. Their enforcement authority extends throughout the state and includes wildlife, fish, boating, snowmobiling, all -terrain vehicles (ATVs), and environmental laws. In addition, Conservation Wardens have full police authority on all DNR-owned or managed property(parks and forests) and are responsible for the delivery of law enforcement services on those properties. For more detailed information go to: Warden Recruitment - Wisconsin DNR.

Training in the first year is experiential, scenario- and competency -based, and takes place in 3 phases; academy, field, and specialized training.  Training assignments will require the appointee to reside away from home for most of the first year of employment and periodically in the second year of employment. Residency requirements are applicable at the time of assignment. The employee will remain at the assigned station while on probation.   The job requires year-round outdoor work and availability to work a varied work schedule including weekends and holidays.

Special Notes:   

Applicants must meet and maintain these minimum qualifications and standards: 1) at least 18 years of age; 2) have no unpardoned felony convictions or convictions of domestic violence laws as defined in the Federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997; 3) maintenance of those skills required to retain Wisconsin law enforcement certification and DNR Conservation Warden credentials; 4) Must possess effective oral and written communication skills 5) possession of a valid driver's license; 6) completion of at least 2 years of higher education (at least 60 college credits - NOTE: the educational institution must meet U.S. Dept. of Education accreditation standards); and 7) upon appointment, all applicants must possess Certification in ATV, Boating, and Snowmobile Safety.  Online courses available at Safety education - Wisconsin DNR.
Additionally, appointment will be subject to successful completion of the following  1) DNR Swim test and physical fitness assessments; 2) psychological testing, drug screen and medical examinations; 3) back ground investigation.


A minimally qualified candidate will have:
Knowledge of Wisconsinís environment and natural resources;
Skill in effective oral and written communication;
Skill in effective public presentation, interpersonal skills, and teaching/coaching/mentoring;
Ability to build trusting relationships by effectively utilizing relationships, influencing groups, and demonstrates servitude through participation, leadership or engagement in community organizations;
Knowledge of hunting, fishing, trapping techniques and outdoor recreation activities;
Conflict resolution skills

Well Qualified Candidates will have:
Life/ Work Experience in the law enforcement and/or natural resources fields;
Higher Education (Bachelorís Degree) in natural resources, law enforcement, or related fields

How To Apply:   

Apply on-line in WISCJOBS:   If new to applying on- line, access this site, create a new account, complete an initial application, and then apply on-line.  Those with an account can "Log In" to their account; complete a Job Search for key word Conservation Warden and click on "Apply Now." This on-line application process must be completed and finalized by the deadline: 11:59 p.m (CST). July 17, 2017. Further information/instructions can be found when logging in to apply. A valid email address will be required,  the system will send an e-mail to confirm completion of the exam process; information will also appear in the WISCJOBS job cart. 

If you need assistance with the online application process, contact  Andrea Augle at or 414-263-8567.

NEXT STEP OF THE PROCESS:  Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited by email to participate in the next step of the selection process, tentatively scheduled to take place July 2017. The anticipated start date for employment is January 8, 2018.  It is very important to provide us with a valid email address and/or Active CELLULAR phone and to monitor your email and text messages faithfully throughout this recruitment.  If you have any questions about becoming a conservation warden, please reach out to Lt. Jeffrey King at or 608-219-4887.