Learn How to Become an NC Wildlife Enforcement Officer/NC Game Warden

1) Openings for Wildlife Enforcement Officers are competitive with the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Enforcement Division. Having an advanced education, such as an associate or bachelor degree is not required, however the education can set you apart from other potential candidates. It is common for a wildlife enforcement officer to have a degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Biology or a wildlife related field.

2) In the state of North Carolina, wildlife enforcement officers must have been certified as a law enforcement officer by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission prior to becoming an enforcement officer.

3) Request application materials from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

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Minimum Requirements for Wildlife Enforcement Officers

Must have a general knowledge of the NC laws and regulations around hunting, fishing and boating, a general knowledge of fishing and hunting, valid NC driver's license, a valid Federal Communications Radio Telephone Operator's license. The North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission has their own set of requirements that must be met prior to becoming a certified law enforcement officer. Those include being a US Citizen, be 20 years of age, of good moral character, must meet physical requirements, must undergo an intensive background investigation and drug screening, and psychological screening. There may also be more in depth interviews and specific requirements that need to be addressed.

NC Wildlife Enforcement Officer Basic Duties

North Carolina Wildlife Enforcement Officers are also referred to as NC game wardens by the public and sometimes conservation officers. The job description for an NC wildlife enforcement officer is similar to that of a game warden in another state. NC wildlife enforcement officers enforce department and state regulations, rules and laws pertaining to fishing, hunting and boating in North Carolina. Wildlife enforcement officers check fishing licenses, the number of fish caught by anglers as well as the sizes of the fish. They also check hunting licenses and hunters takes to assure they are in compliance with applicable laws. Wildlife enforcement officers may also patrol waterways, checking that boaters have updated registration and are abiding the laws of the waterways. (Source: North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Enforcement Division)

To request application materials from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission call 919 707-0010.

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