Fish and Game Wardens

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, 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 6,640 fish and game wardens in the United States.

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

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