Wildlife officer candidates invited to apply now
California has rich, varied wildlife, magnificent parks and protected wilderness areas for outdoor-loving residents of the state. If you want it to stay this way, here is your chance to make a valuable contribution as wildlife officer candidates. And earn a decent living in the process.
The Law Enforcement Division of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is currently accepting applications for wildlife officer candidates and cadets with interests in the great outdoors and the uniquely varied wildlife of California. CDFW is inviting applications from candidates and cadets for their next upcoming warden training course and a position as wildlife wardens.
Certified, sworn peace officers with POST certification should apply for a position as a wildlife warden. Interested applicants who are not yet peace officers must apply for a warden cadet position.
All applications are due by July 31, 2019.
The California Hunting Post published additional general information on previous applications for CDFW warden positions in this previous article on wildlife officer candidates.
Serious wildlife officers candidates find the official job announcement right here as a pdf file. You need to open the file on your computer and save it locally.
Please review all informational documents very carefully before applying or calling CDFW with job-related questions. This link opens a CDFW page with official and detailed information on Fish and Wildlife officer carriers. Starting salary for a Californian CDFW wildlife warden is about $ 70,000 annually.
CDFW wildlife officers are fully sworn and authorized to enforce all California laws, including the Vehicle Code, Penal Code, Health and Safety drug laws, safe weapons handling, and to promote hunter education.
And guess who shows up to investigate pollution of waterways and habitats and protects them from destruction, pollution, and litter? CDFW wardens, of course, as any boater knows from experience when a spill has happened. Last but not least, another important duty of wildlife wardens is to keep hunters, fishermen, and outdoor lovers informed about current laws and developing changes and trends that are important for recreational outdoor users to observe.
Wildlife officers provide information and security advice everywhere in the state, on inland waters, and on the ocean. Their domain includes 159,000 square miles in 58 counties with more than 39 million residents, 1,100 miles of coastline, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,800 lakes and reservoirs and 80 major rivers. Surprisingly, wildlife officers candidates often work alone after successfully graduating from the academy and passing muster under the critical eyes of an experienced field training officer.
Wildlife officer cadets must attend a Peace Officer Standards of Training (POST) certified law enforcement training academy, conducted by CDFW at Butte College, in Oroville before undergoing their field training under the guidance of their experienced field training officer.
CDFW wildlife wardens contact on average over 295,000 outdoor users. In the process, they issue over 15,000 citations for violations of a wide variety of laws. They use ATVs, personal watercraft, boats, snowmobiles, and airplanes to ply their trade.
Moreover, CDFW wildlife officers are not above some old-fashioned sleuthing using numerous specialized teams and assignments including surveillance, K-9, wildlife trafficking, and cannabis enforcement. Marine patrol units use all kinds of watercraft, scuba diving gear, and a host of other newfangled and sophisticated equipment to prevent, respond to and investigate oil spills and accidental or unlawful discharge of hazardous materials.
Regardless which specialty is of the highest interest to you, looks to me like wildlife wardens have a difficult, challenging and fun job that also pays reasonably well.