2023 Game Warden Recruitment is Now Closed

Although the current Wyoming Game Warden application period is closed, the below information provides an example of minimum qualifications, preferences, timelines and details on the process.  The next testing cycle will be similar timeframes as below and if you'd like to be notified when it is open, please email our Recruitment, Retention and Training Unit (see below).   A more detailed Job Description is available above.  


1 Review qualifications See below to ensure you meet the Minimum Qualifications/Coursework Preferences prior to applying. 
2 State of  Wyoming application Complete the online State of Wyoming application and upload your transcripts (unofficial may be utilized at this point and must show at least 20 hours of wildlife-management coursework as noted below).  Application deadline is August 11, 2023.
3 Application and transcript review The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) will review all documents to determine if candidate meets minimum qualifications and will be offered an initial online Google interview.    
4 Online interview Online Google interviews will be conducted periodically from now until late August.  Candidates will be notified of their Google interview day/time via email.
5 Online interview results Candidates will be notified of their online Google interview results and whether they will continue in recruitment process or not.  Those selected to continue in the process will be required to submit additional documents, including a Background Questionnaire, Life History Questionnaire, etc. These must be completed and submitted in accordance with directions and deadlines.  Failure to complete additional documents by the deadline or in a complete manner may result in removal from the process.
6 Online Psychological Testing All documents are reviewed and those candidates selected to proceed will be scheduled for online psychological testing (CPI). 
7 In-person interview offer Candidates selected to move forward must commit to a full week of in-person interviews/testing scheduled for September 25-29, 2023 at WGFD Headquarters in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  This includes a mandatory polygraph test, psychological evaluation, game warden knowledge exam, job suitability profile, in-person interview with WGFD panel members and background investigation releases.  All candidate expenses for travel, lodging, meals, etc. are the responsibility of the candidate.
8 Background investigation Candidates selected to move forward will undergo a thorough background investigation conducted by WGFD personnel between October and early November 2023.
9 Conditional Offer of Employment Tentatively set for Nov. 17, 2023
10 Tentative hire date December 15, 2023



Minimum Qualifications/Coursework Preferences
  • A Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, range management, biology, zoology, ichthyology or other closely related field.  Other bachelor’s degrees may be considered with at least 20 hours of wildlife-related coursework as evidenced on required transcripts. 
  • If you have not currently completed college coursework at the baccalaureate level, you must submit a letter from your college authority stating you are expected to receive your degree by Dec. 15, 2023. 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States prior to attendance at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy (WLEA) (see below). 
  • Must be willing to undergo a background check, which will include fingerprinting.
Potential Disqualifications: No single factor will be used to determine which candidates continue in each testing phase; however, there are some factors that could lead to automatic disqualification.  This could include, but may not be limited to, conviction of a felony, conviction of a misdemeanor for domestic violence, the use of marijuana within the last year, the use of other illegal drugs (such as cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, etc.) within the last 5 years, major or multiple wildlife violations, or any deceitful act.

Game Warden Principal Duties/Responsibilities:  Primary responsibilities include wildlife management, data collection and analysis, enforcement of game, fish, trapping and boating laws and regulations, and prevention of damage to crops and livestock by wildlife, responding to injured and nuisance wildlife calls and acting as local liaison between the WGFD and the public.  A substantial amount of training and required equipment is provided.  Please view a short informational video from Director Brian Nesvik regarding Wyoming game wardens (see above).
Law Enforcement Requirements:  Upon employment, individuals must complete a 14-week Peace Officer Basic Training Course at the Wyoming State Law Enforcement Academy (WLEA) located in Douglas, WY in August 2022. This is a combination of online and in-person training.  Please review the WLEA’s physical fitness assessment standards (available at “Basic Programs-Physical Fitness Assessment”) to assure with or without reasonable accommodation, you are able to meet the requirements.  Failing to meet physical fitness assessment standards will automatically disqualify candidates attending WLEA.

Salary:   Monthly salary varies depending upon duty assignment (game warden, senior game warden)
  • Game Warden - $4,179.07 - $5,224.27 monthly

Contact:    Email: / Phone:  307-335-2656

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, State of Wyoming is an EEO/ADA employer.  As an EEO/ADA employer, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities.

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