Explore Careers in Wildlife Conservation & Management

Becoming a game warden is an exciting career choice for people with a passion for wildlife who want to make a difference in the areas of conservation, public service and law enforcement.  Learn how to get started...

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Job Description & Duties

Protecting wildlife and enforcing gaming laws are just a few of the core duties accepted by game wardens. A complete description of job duties and responsibilities are provided here.

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Academy and Field Training

The vast majority of training hours a new game warden will have to put in will be to meet POST requirements (Peace Officer Standards and Training) in their state.

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Salary & Work Conditions

The career of a game warden is filled with diverse assignments and challenges. Learn more about what to expect from the job. 

Search Education & Training Options

The daily duties of a game warden call for qualified candidates with experience and a strong understanding of conservation laws, public safety, and knowledge in the areas of biological, environmental and wildlife science. Find pre-professional experience opportunities in your state.  To meet the unique demands of the job, the most qualified candidates often enter the selection process with a background in law enforcement and a four-year degree. Explore the different degree programs that meet state and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service education requirements to become a game warden:

Learn More About How to Become a Game Warden In Your State

Each state can have different requirements for becoming a game warden. Get information on requirements and programs by clicking on your state.

Related Careers in Wildlife Conservation & Management

Becoming a game warden is one of several career paths available to people looking to make a difference in the fields of law enforcement, wildlife protection, and natural resource conservation. Explore some of the other career options available in the areas of ecology, natural resource management, public safety and environmental science:

  • +Conservation Officer

    Conservation officers are synonymous with their counterpart, the game warden. As sworn law enforcement officers, they manage and protect wildlife and other natural resources by enforcing fish and wildlife laws. Conservation officers are also uniquely qualified professionals responsible for teaching outdoor skills to youth in the community.

    Additional Resources:
    How to Become a Conservation Officer
    The Nature Conservancy
    National Parks Conservation Association 

  • +Park Ranger

    Park rangers are highly respected officers who are entrusted with the law enforcement, natural resource protection, and visitor service functions of state and national parks. Other functions include patrolling recreational areas, and promoting the culture and history of important cultural areas and landmarks.

    Additional Resources:
    How to Become a Park Ranger
    National Park Service
    Association of National Park Rangers

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