Fish & Game Wardens
Also called: Game Warden, Natural Resource Officer, State Game Warden, Wildlife Officer
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Protecting wildlife and wild places is the work of conservation officers. Also called fish and game wardens, they enforce laws and regulations that support fish and animal populations. Capable of using almost every type of transportation, they patrol their assigned areas by car, boat, airplane, horse, or on foot. Fish and game wardens investigate hunting accidents and fish or game violations, and may compile evidence to testify in court. They issue hunting licenses and help to make the hunting season as safe and humane as possible. As officers, they also carry weapons and are trained by the local, state, or federal agency that employs them. A conservation officer may collect or review biological data to assess the health of their area, such as the condition of wildlife in a park, the health of native plants, or the impact of wildlife on crops. They may also conduct inspections or rescues. Most positions require a bachelor’s degree in a related field. A background in the life sciences, and interests in fishing, bird watching, or hunting, are helpful. Excellent physical condition is required. If you love wildlife and being outdoors, this may be an ideal career.
What they do:Patrol assigned area to prevent fish and game law violations. Investigate reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife. Compile biological data.
On the job, you would:
- Patrol assigned areas by car, boat, airplane, horse, or on foot to enforce game, fish, or boating laws or to manage wildlife programs, lakes, or land.
- Compile and present evidence for court actions.
- Investigate hunting accidents or reports of fish or game law violations.
Safety and Government
- law and government
- public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
- English language
Math and Science
- customer service
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
- thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
- figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
- communicate by speaking
- listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
- make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
- notice when problems happen
- see hidden patterns
- quickly know what you are looking at
- do two or more things at the same time
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Stress Tolerance
- Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Configuration management software