ODNR LOOKING FOR AT LEAST 18 NEW WILDLIFE OFFICERS
COLUMBUS, OH - Applications are being accepted from Monday, April 7 through Friday, May 2, for the next state wildlife officer training school, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. ODNR is seeking to fill at least 18 new wildlife officer positions throughout Ohio.
Wildlife officers have statewide jurisdiction to enforce fish and wildlife laws, protect state property, investigate allegations of waterway pollution and serve warrants. They also conduct educational programs, advise landowners on dealing with wildlife and keep local conservation organizations updated on state wildlife projects and regulations. They frequently work alone and can be assigned to any county in the state.
"We are fortunate to have very low employee turnover, especially among our law enforcement staff. However, due to a large number of officers eligible to retire in the next two years, we anticipate several vacancies," said Michele Ward-Tackett, Human Resources Administrator for the ODNR Division of Wildlife. "We are looking for individuals who are self-motivated, can work independently, have strong communication skills, and most importantly are passionate about our fish and wildlife resources."
Applicants for the wildlife officer training school must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver's license. A two-year college degree or completion of undergraduate core program in fish and wildlife management, criminal justice, environmental law enforcement or a related field of study is also required. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate physical fitness according to standards developed by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission. They must also be able to swim 100 yards in five minutes and tread water for five minutes.
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to take a state proficiency test administered by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. The test will be given on June 7 in Columbus. Top scoring candidates will then undergo interviews and pre-employment evaluations, including a drug screening, polygraph examination and background investigation.
Those who are selected as cadets will attend the wildlife officer academy for about six months. During the training, cadets will study law enforcement, fish and wildlife management techniques and learn communications and educational skills.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is an equal opportunity employer and promotes diversity of its workforce.
Download an application package or call 1-800-WILDLIFE.
For Further Information, Contact:
Michele Ward-Tackett, ODNR Division of Wildlife
James Quinlivan, ODNR Division of Wildlife
Vicki Ervin, ODNR Division of Wildlife