A Career as a Conservation Ranger

Selection Process

The selection process for Conservation Ranger employment is designed to evaluate an applicant’s suitability for a career with DNR.

The Law Enforcement Division (LED) will conduct a hiring process one time per year, in the late Spring and enroll their Cadet(s) in the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course at the earliest possible date, typically July.

Applicants that are already P.O.S.T. Certified upon hire will go through the LED Field Training Officer (FTO) Program prior to attending the DNR Academy in January.

Background Investigation

All applicants are subject to a background investigation. An applicant must not have been convicted of any crime, for which the punishment has been imprisonment in a Federal or State prison, nor shall he/she have been convicted of sufficient misdemeanors to establish a pattern of disregard for the law.

Each applicant must successfully pass a polygraph examination. The polygraph examination will consist of a series of questions, dealing with substance abuse and/or criminal activity.

Physical Skills

An applicant must pass a physical agility test demonstrating physical skills, which are used in the performance of duties as a Conservation Ranger. The physical agility test consists of the following events:

  • 3/4 mile run
  • 3/4 mile obstacle run
  • 50-yard fully clothed swim

Oral Interview

Each applicant must compete for current vacancies before a panel of experienced Conservation Rangers. The panel will ask each applicant a series of questions to determine the applicant’s experience and knowledge in the areas of hunting, fishing, boating and related outdoor activities. The applicant’s appearance, demeanor, verbal skills and ability to make sound judgment will also be assessed during the interview.

Medical Evaluation, Drug Screening and Psychological Evaluation

All applicants must successfully pass a thorough medical examination by a licensed physician. All medical standards must be met in the areas of vision, hearing, ENT, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, rectal, hernia, genital/urinary, back and neck, extremities, nervous system, emotional stability and laboratory analysis.

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