How to Become a Conservation Officer in Michigan

Are you interested in finding out what it takes to work as a game warden in Michigan? We have provided you a helpful outline that details the steps needed to be taken. Michigan Game Warden requirements should be followed closely in order to accomplish your goals.

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Conservation Officer Eligibility Requirements in Michigan

Age: 21 years old or older is needed during the period of appointment.

Military Service: Military personnel and Veterans require ‘Honest Release’ files.

Work Qualifications: Nominees will likely be subject to required drug screening.

Applicants who passed the pre-screening will usually take part in a comprehensive fingerprint background check while progressing through the application procedure. Nominees should not have the following in their history:

  • Drug addiction
  • Presently on court-ordered probation
  • Convicted of a crime or a felony involving moral turpitude
  • Convicted of false statement or perjury
  • Academic Certificate: End of GED or high school is required.

Added Requirements:

  • Evidence of Live Scan fingerprint entry
  • Picture ID
  • Entry Level Law Enforcement Test with score that is valid
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Occupation-appropriate survey
  • Place taste sheet
  • Transcripts
  • Form DD214

A 22-week course comprising basic police officer learning the following:

  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Interview/interrogation techniques
  • Waterfowl identification/enforcement
  • Game and fish identification/enforcement
  • Marine boat operation/enforcement
  • Tactical trailing
  • Precision driving
  • Digital photography
  • Marksmanship
  • Firearms strategies/security
  • Subject injury/first aid
  • Snowmobiling
  • Survival strategies/techniques
  • Area Training

A 18-week specialty-training class comprising training on the following:

  • Firearms
  • Drug Identification
  • Dangerous Apparatus
  • ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) management, patrol and care
  • Water Survival
  • Crisis Boat Procedures
  • Investigation processes
  • Fish, reptile, fowl and game identification
  • Marine Larceny
  • Media Relations
  • Property Navigation

Medical assessment: Nominees should be physically capable of working an active outside job in law enforcement in good health.

Hearing: The applicant should have the ability to show great hearing with or without hearing devices/aids.

Eyesight: The applicant must have color vision consistent with all the demands of the occupation, and must have great corrected or uncorrected binocular vision.

Physical Preparation Testing: The applicant must complete a physical preparation test showing that he or she is fully capable of performing the following:

  • Must have the capacity to bench press 64% of her or his body weight
  • Must have the ability to finish 18 sit-ups in a single minute

Mental Illness: The applicant has to maintain mental health that is appropriate in accordance with medical standards.

Desirable Qualifications and Abilities for Michigan Game Warden or Michigan Wildlife Officer

  • Show effective usage of English, including the different facets of English communication for verbal and oral communication.
  • Display effective utilization of math, including data collection, basic bookkeeping, estimating, and advanced arithmetic.
  • Exhibit abilities in additional languages, if possible.
  • Knowledge of wildlife management, law enforcement and habitat resources.
  • Stay dedicated to professional development.
  • Efficiently use snowmobiles, boats, and ATVs for pursuit and patrol.
  • Demo successful utilization of firearms.
  • Professional development or school classes in natural resources management, law enforcement, sociology, or psychology.

Game Warden Michigan
Contact Info:

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

PO Box 30031
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (800) 788-1766
http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-42199_67298-236863–,00.html