Fish and Game Wardens

Fish and Game Wardens Educate Children on Their Jobs

Fish and game wardens once solely protected wildlife, but in addition to that original purpose, they now perform a wide variety of tasks related to natural resource management, public information, and law enforcement. Jobs falling under this category in the federal government include U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents, federal law enforcement officers, federal wildlife officers, wildlife inspectors, refuge rangers, and refuge officers. On a state or municipal level, the job title might be conservation police officer, environmental conservation police officer, or conservation warden. There are about 5,630 fish and game wardens in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Conservation Police Officers, Conservation Wardens, Environmental Conservation Police Officers, Federal Wildlife Officers, Refuge Officers, Refuge Rangers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agents, Wildlife Inspectors
Duties Protect wildlife and perform a wide variety of tasks related to resource management
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Government
Experience Prior experience in law enforcement, the military, or related environmental jobs
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Appointees must be citizens of the United States and between 21 and 36 years of age; driver's license required
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Fish and Game Agent
  • Fish and Game Trainee