Game Warden

Game Warden

Game wardens work at the state or federal level, enforcing laws related to hunting and fishing. They patrol an assigned region or area for violators in relation to hunting and fishing laws. Game wardens may also be tasked with creating wildlife conservation programs and presentations for the public.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Patrol for violators to hunting and fishing laws
  • Apprehend violators and issue fines or citations
  • Arrest offenders and testify against them in court
  • Investigate reported conservation violations
  • Confiscate illegal or harmful items
  • Assist with wildlife conservation efforts
  • Catalog evidence of suspected offenses
  • Assist with hunting and fishing education and licensure
  • Communicate with other law enforcement professionals
  • Create wildlife conservation programs and presentations
  • Work with neighboring companies regarding environmental protocols
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, natural resources, biology, earth science and mathematics.
Education/Training Required: 
Most game warden jobs require a bachelor’s degree in a relevant program such as environmental science, natural resource or wildlife management.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Game wardens are almost always employed at the state or national level in parks, preserves, and ranges.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • State Game Warden Associations
  • North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$55,000
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