Applications are being accepted through Sunday, March 24, for the next wildlife officer training academy, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The ODNR Division of Wildlife is seeking to fill approximately 18-20 new wildlife officer positions throughout Ohio.
“We are looking for individuals who possess a passion for law enforcement, wildlife conservation and public service,” said Scott Zody, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife.
Wildlife officers have statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property and make arrests. They conduct educational programs, perform fish and wildlife management duties and advise landowners about wildlife. Wildlife officers also serve an important role as a point of contact with law enforcement and other agencies on topics of mutual interest, providing assistance and expertise.
To be considered for the wildlife officer training academy, applicants must be at least 21 years of age by April 1, 2014, and have a valid driver’s license. An associate degree or completion of an undergraduate core program in fish and/or wildlife management, criminal justice, environmental law enforcement or related fields is required by the end of August 2013.
Applicants must also be able to demonstrate physical fitness according to standards developed by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission, as well as pass a swimming test.
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to take a state proficiency examination May 4 in central Ohio.
Top scoring candidates will then undergo interviews and pre-employment evaluations. Those selected as cadets will attend the wildlife officer training academy for about six months. During the academy, cadets will study law enforcement, fish and wildlife management techniques and learn informational and educational skills. The academy will commence in early January 2014.
Visit wildohiocareers.com for more information.
Image courtesy Ohio Department of Natural Resource