ODNR LOOKING FOR AT LEAST 15 NEW WILDLIFE OFFICERS|
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.
“We are looking for individuals who are passionate about our fish and wildlife resources, can work independently, and excel in one-on-one contacts with the public,” 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 on June 3 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\wildlife .