ODNR LOOKING FOR AT LEAST 12 NEW WILDLIFE OFFICERS|
COLUMBUS, OH - Applications are being accepted through Friday, April
23, for the next wildlife officer training school, according to the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. ODNR is seeking
to fill at least 12 new wildlife officer positions throughout Ohio.
Wildlife officers have statewide jurisdiction to enforce fish and
game laws, investigate allegations of waterway pollution and serve warrants.
They also conduct educational programs, advise landowners on dealing with
wildlife and keep local conservation organizations updated on wildlife
projects and regulations. They frequently work alone and can be assigned to
any county in the state.
"Wildlife officers face a challenging job, and one that offers a
tremendous variety of duties. An abiding love of the outdoors is the
driving force for our officers," said Patricia Mayes, human resources
administrator for the ODNR Division of Wildlife.
To be considered for the wildlife officer training school,
applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver's
license. A two-year college degree in fish and wildlife management, criminal
justice, environmental law enforcement or a related field of study is also
required. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate physical fitness
according to standards developed by the Ohio Peace Officers Training
Commission. They must also be able to swim 100 yards in five minutes and
tread water for five minutes.
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to
take a civil service examination offered June 5 in Columbus. Top scoring
candidates will then undergo
interviews and pre-employment evaluations. Those who are selected as
cadets will attend the wildlife officer academy for about six months. During
peace officer training, cadets will
study wildlife law enforcement, fish and wildlife management
techniques and learn informational and educational skills.
To obtain an application package, call 1-800-WILDLIFE or visit the
ODNR web page at ohiodnr.com .