LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREERS
GAME WARDEN - Entry level
Performs and assists with various duties within assigned region including law enforcement with an emphasis on watercraft, wildlife management data collection/management decisions, wildlife conflict/damage resolution including injured and nuisance wildlife calls, daily contacts with a wide variety of external constituent groups and internal Department employees, participates in training and other miscellaneous duties.
Purpose of Exam:
- A Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, range management, biology, zoology, ichthyology or other closely related field. Degrees such as criminal justice, education, outdoor recreation, etc. do not qualify.
- Must have passed the Wyoming Game Warden Examination (typically offered annually)
- Must become and maintain a Wyoming peace officer certification as per the Wyoming Peace Officer Standards and Training requirements.
Wyoming statute requires law enforcement positions (game warden, senior game warden and regional access coordinator) be selected based on competitive examination. Exams are typically scheduled once a year, depending on vacancies; however, passing the examination does not guarantee the applicant will be offered an interview. Candidates are selected for interviews based on a combination of factors including overall test scores, writing ability, number of credit hours in hands-on wildlife courses, grades/transcripts, job suitability profiling, and a Life History Questionnaire. No single factor is used to select interview candidates; 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, or major wildlife violations.
SENIOR GAME WARDEN
Within a geographic senior game warden district and with minimal direct supervision, this positions meets the department objectives by being responsible for fish, wildlife and watercraft law enforcement; wildlife management data collection, interpertation and decisions; addresses human-wildlife conflict resolution, wildlife depredation investigations and injured wildlife calls; represents the agency in day-to-day contact with a wide array of publics dealing with a diverse set of topics/issues. This position carries out additional assigned duties in one of the following fields: Law enforcement coordination; law enforcement training; watercraft enforcement coordination; commercial operators; law enforcement case management system and evidence; custody/control instructor; firearms instructor; wildlife damage control; or trophy game damage control. Residence in department provided housing is a condition of employment. The position is on-call to respond to job requirements. Based on the warden district, the position may be required to possess and utilize horses in the numbers as specified in the district to which he/she is assigned.
REGIONAL ACCESS COORDINATOR
Within a geographic Private Land Public Wildlife (PLPW) Access Coordinator area, administers the Wildlife Division's PLPW Access Yes Program to maintain and enhance public hunting and fishing opportunities and to meet wildlife management objectives. Works with and represents the agency daily with private landowners, other governmental agencies and NGOs to increase hunting and fishing access on private and public lands. Day-to-day contact with a wide array of publics in a wide variety of settings and on a wide variety of topics/issues; conducts fish, wildlife and watercraft law enforcement; wildlife management data collection and interpertation and decisions; responds to injured wildlife calls. The position is on-call to respond to job requirements.
Investigates and enforces violations of state, federal and international laws and regulations which provide for wildlife conservation, public use of wildlife and public safety, utilizing specialized methods and equipment with a heavy emphasis on complex, long-term overt and covert investigations involving multiple suspects and jurisdictions.