ODNR: Apply now to be an Ohio Wildlife OfficerFree Access

Applications are being accepted now through Sunday, Jan. 29 for the next Ohio Wildlife Officer training school, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The Division of Wildlife is seeking to fill up to 15 wildlife officer positions throughout Ohio, and training begins in August 2023.

Ohio wildlife officers enforce wildlife regulations and protect state lands, waterways and property. This is the Division of Wildlife’s 32nd Wildlife Officer Training Academy. Those interested can complete an application at careers.ohio.gov.

“Our officers combine law enforcement, conservation and public service in a career that makes a difference for Ohio’s communities and wildlife,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “They serve from Lake Erie to the Ohio River and in every county, supporting the mission of the Division of Wildlife.”

Ohio wildlife officers speak to hundreds of clubs and groups about conservation and wildlife programs and perform fish and wildlife surveys. Wildlife officers also provide technical advice and instruction about wildlife management issues, hunting, fishing and other outdoor-related recreation, and work closely with law enforcement partners in their communities.

To be considered for the wildlife officer training school, applicants are required to be 21 years of age upon completion of the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training Course and possess a valid driver license. Completion of at least a minimum of core course work in an Associate degree or undergraduate program in natural resources, fisheries and wildlife conservation, natural sciences, biology, criminal justice, environmental law enforcement, agriculture or a related field is required.

Eighteen months of training or experience in the above fields may also be acceptable, as would 18 months of training or experience in the U.S. military with an occupational specialty related to law enforcement or investigations. Other qualifications include meeting physical fitness standards, completing a background check and passing a psychological exam and drug screening.

For more information about becoming an Ohio wildlife officer, visit ohiodnr.gov/careers.

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