By Joanne M. Haas/DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement
For the first time in the Wis. Department of Natural Resources
conservation warden hiring process, job-seekers will be able to apply
for specific Wisconsin warden stations instead of waiting for assignment
at the end of their training.
Warden Jeffrey King, who also serves as assistant training director for
the DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement, says the change is the result of an
ongoing evaluation and continuous improvement of the hiring process.
"We heard from some who believed this law enforcement job was for them,
but the thought of not knowing where a family may have to be moved
stopped some in their tracks," King said. "And we want to make the
decision to apply easy to ensure we get the best candidates we can."
King says the bureau has worked a couple of years on this change and has
developed a way to announce which stations will be filled. "We will
start this with the Class of 2017," he said of the hiring process
currently under way. The deadline to apply is June 29.
Here is the job announcement:
In the current hiring, the DNR is seeking up to 12 conservation wardens
to fill current and anticipated vacancies across Wisconsin. These
wardens will become the Class of 2017 and begin their career at the Law
Enforcement Academy in January 2017. In May, they leave the academy
based at Fort McCoy and do field training with experienced wardens for
the rest of the year before taking on their assignment at their assigned
stations before the year ends.
Five of 12 stations which will be filled from the Class of 2017 are:
Lakewood in Oconto County, Shawano West in Shawano County, Gordon in
Douglas County, Hurley in Iron County and Merrill in Lincoln County.
Seven more will be announced later during the ongoing hiring process.
Wisconsin's conservation wardens are law enforcement officers who are
responsible for educating the public and enforcing all laws related to
hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, snowmobiling, using all-terrain and
utility-terrain vehicles (ATV, UTV), environmental protection and the
protection of our state parks, forests and lands.
Looking for a rewarding career? To apply, go to dnr.wi.gov
and search "warden recruit". Select the "We Are Hiring" link and apply
today. Hurry, this opportunity closes on June 29 and goes away for
another year. If you have any questions, please call or text
608-219-4887 or email