• May 19, 2022
 NM Game & Fish looking for next generation of conservation officers

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NM Game & Fish looking for next generation of conservation officers

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking qualified men and women to join the next generation of Conservation Officers who protect and conserve the state’s wildlife.

The department is accepting applications for game warden trainees with a starting pay of $17.03 an hour with an increase upon successful completion of required training. Prior law enforcement experience is not required, but successful applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field, pass a psychological and medical exam, and fitness and drug tests.

Recruits will receive basic training at the Law Enforcement Academy and on-the-job training before working alone in the field.

Conservation officers enforce New Mexico’s game and fish laws and investigate and pursue criminal and civil cases against offenders. They also educate the public about wildlife and wildlife management, conduct wildlife surveys, investigate wildlife damage to crops and property, assist in wildlife relocations and help develop new rules and regulations.

Interested applicants can get more information about conservation officer duties, educational and physical requirements, training, and employee benefits by visiting the Enforcement page on the department’s website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us/enforcement/career-advancement.

Those interested in a career with the department can contact Lt. Brady Griffith, department recruiting officer, (505) 795-1700 or bradyd.griffith@state.nm.us.

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