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Game Warden

 

Overview

Game wardens work at the state or federal level, enforcing laws related to hunting and fishing.

 

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What responsibilities will I have?

  • Patrol assigned region or area for violators in relation to hunting and fishing laws
  • Apprehend violators and issue fines or citations
  • Arrest offenders and testify against them in court
  • Investigate reported conservation violations
  • Confiscate illegal or harmful items
  • Assist with wildlife conservation efforts
  • Catalog evidence of suspected offenses
  • Assist with hunting and fishing education and licensure
  • Closely communicate with other law enforcement professionals as well as park/range staff
  • May be tasked with creating wildlife conservation programs and presentations for the public
  • Some game wardens may work with neighboring companies regarding environmental protocols

 

What education and training is required?

Most game warden jobs require a bachelor’s degree in a relevant program such as environmental science, natural resource, or wildlife management.

 

To pursue a career as a Game Warden:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, natural resources, biology, earth science, and mathematics.

 

Where can I work?

Game wardens are almost always employed at the state or national level in parks, preserves, and ranges.

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a game warden will be good over the next five years.

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • State Game Warden Associations
  • North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association
  • Wildlife Conservation Society