LAW ENFORCEMENT

Game Warden Exam


 

WYOMING GAME WARDEN EXAM IS NOW CLOSED

The below information from the most recent game warden testing cycle can be used as a reference to qualifications and process.  The next exam will be announced in early February 2021.  If you meet the minimum qualifications (see below) and have interest in taking the next game warden exam and wish to be notified when it opens, please email wgf.wildlife@wyo.gov
 

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March-June 2020 Game Warden Exam Information 

The Game Warden Exam is being offered in anticipation of filling several vacant game warden positions around the state.  See below for minimum qualifications, preferences and registration details or obtain a printable copy here.  A more detailed job description is available above.  


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.  Passing the examination does not guarantee the applicant will be offered an interview. Candidates will be selected for interviews based on a combination of factors including overall test scores, number of credit hours in hands-on wildlife courses, grades/transcripts, job suitability profiling, and a Life History Questionnaire.  No single factor will be 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.  Additionally, the online examination is a closed book exam and testing integrity will be verified through additional means including, but not limited to, polygraph examination. Any deceitful act identified will be grounds for disqualification of a potential job offer.

Minimum Exam 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 September 1, 2020. 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States prior to attendance at WLEA (see below). 
  • Must be willing to undergo a background check, which will include fingerprinting.
Principal Duties/Responsibilities:  Primary responsibilities include wildlife management, data collection and analysis, enforcement of game and fish laws and regulations, evaluation of damage to crops and livestock by wildlife, and acting as local liaison between the department and the public.  A substantial amount of training and all equipment is provided.  Please view a short video from Director Brian Nesvik regarding Wyoming game wardens at wgfd.wyo.gov/game-warden-exam.
 
Law Enforcement Requirements:  Upon employment, individuals must complete a 14-week Peace Officer Basic Training Course at the Wyoming State Law Enforcement Academy (WLEA) in January 2021.  Please review the WLEA’s physical fitness assessment standards (available at http://wleacademy.com “Basic Programs-Physical Fitness Assessment”) to assure with or without reasonable accommodation, you are able to meet the requirements.
 
Salary:   Monthly salary varies depending upon duty assignment, ranging from:
  • Game Warden - $3,709.09 - $5,735.70
  • Senior Game Warden and Regional Access Coordinator - $4,839.86 - $7,484.33
REGISTRATION, EXAM AND INTERVIEW PROCESS: 
 
EXAM REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  MAY 11, 2020
 
 
1.
Register online to take the Wyoming game warden exam

 
Submit your online Request to Take the 2020 Game Warden Exam at the link below. 
 
Although the deadline for exam registration is May 11, 2020, early registration and exam completion is strongly recommended to avoid delay in receiving exam results and subsequent online interview instructions.
 
2.
Submit transcripts Transcripts showing completion of appropriate coursework must be submitted for review to determine if candidate meets Minimum Exam Qualifications and agency Preferences (see above).  Unofficial transcripts may be utilized at this point.
 
Options for submitting transcripts:
1)  Upload via online registration form (see above link; only available for gmail users)
1)  Email to WGF.wildlife@wyo.gov
2)  Fax to 307-777-4650
3)  Mail to:       Wyoming Game and Fish Department
                          Attn:  Wildlife Division – Game Warden Exam
                          5400 Bishop Blvd., Cheyenne, WY  82006
4)  If you have submitted transcripts for a previous exam and wish to reuse them, you may select that option during your online registration at ( Link unavailable)
3. Wait for notification Once your documents have been reviewed, you will be notified via email whether you qualify to take the exam.  If so, you will receive instructions on how to proceed with taking your online Wyoming Game Warden Examination.
4. Prepare for exam Suggested study materials and sample test questions are attached to this document.   
5. Take exam Take the exam online as instructed in your letter.
6. Pass exam Exams will be graded and applicant notified via email of results and further instructions.
7. State of  Wyoming application Upon passing the exam, you will be given instructions for completing an online State of Wyoming application. 
8. Online interview The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will review all documents to determine if you will be offered an online interview.  Online Google interviews will be conducted periodically during March, April and May.  Passing the examination does not guarantee the applicant will be offered an interview.
9. Online interview results Candidates will be notified of their online interview results.  Those selected to continue in the process will be required to submit additional documents, including a Life History Questionnaire and Job Suitability Profile.  All documents are reviewed and those candidates selected to proceed to the in-person interviews will be provided further details. 
10. In-person interview offer Commit to full week of June 15-19, 2020 at Wyoming Game and Fish Department Headquarters in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  This includes a mandatory polygraph test, psychological evaluation, background investigation releases and an in-person interview with WGFD panel members.
 
All testing results are valid for the current testing cycle only.
 
Additional information available at:    Website: wgfd.wyo.gov/game-warden-exam
                                                                       Email:      WGF.wildlife@wyo.gov
                                                                       Phone:      307-777-4684
 
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.

 

WYOMING GAME WARDEN EXAMINATION - SUGGESTED STUDY MATERIALS

  ject Matter
  1. WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT (especially big game, upland game, migratory birds, western wildlife species)
    1. General knowledge–all species–wildlife habitats, food habits, life histories, management techniques, etc.
    2. Data collection methods and data analysis
    3. Current wildlife diseases affecting western wildlife resources
    4. Species identification - western wildlife
  2. FISH
    1. General knowledge – cold and warm water species, distribution, identification, etc.
    2. Limnology
  3. LAW
    1. Legal terminology
    2. General knowledge of federal and state wildlife laws (i.e. Wyoming Statutes Titles 23 and 41)
    3. Wyoming Hunting/ Fishing/ Trapping Regulations
  4. OTHER
    1. Federal aid programs (Pittman-Robertson, Dingle-Johnson)
    2. Western protected, threatened or endangered species of wildlife
    3. Map reading – section, range, township, acreages, UTMs, land status, etc.
    4. Boating safety and terminology
    5. General hunting, fishing, and trapping knowledge
    6. Communication skills (written and verbal) and public relations
    7. General firearms, archery equipment knowledge
 

Suggested Reading

  • U.S. Coast Guard regulations/basic boating information - This information can be obtained from several locations including:
  • Any current wildlife management text book
  • State-approved basic hunter safety course
  • Various animal identification field guides (i.e. Peterson or Audubon)
  • Wyoming Statutes Titles 23 and 41
  • Wyoming Game and Fish website – wgfd.wyo.gov including:
    • Wildlife/fish diseases, current wildlife issues, WY hunting/fishing/trapping regulations
    • Bison, bear, mountain lion and fish identification exams/quizzes (wgfd.wyo.gov/Education/Wildlife-ID)
 
Sample Test Questions
 
Types of questions: Multiple Choice, True/False, Animal ID, etc.
 
Examples:
1. In Wyoming, which one of the following animals is listed as a small game animal:
      A.  Bobcat       B.  Pheasant                   C. Cottontail Rabbit             D. Raccoon
 
2. You may experience a map question requiring you to determine the number of acres within a particular section of a township, and other map-related questions.
            
3. Two big game animals that are primarily grazers include:  (Answer options will be provided)
                                                              and ____________________ .

This information is general and is only meant to assist you in preparing for the examination. Answers to many questions will depend upon your general overall knowledge of western wildlife species, wildlife management, wildlife law enforcement, and watercraft safety.
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