Michigan conservation officer academy application deadline

Have you completed your application toward joining the ranks of one the nation’s most unique, well-trained law enforcement teams?

There’s just a little over a month to go until the Feb. 28 application deadline for Michigan’s two conservation officer academies this year.

An in-service training program is being offered to anyone who either:

Holds a current Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards license (this includes current local, county or state law enforcement officers), or
Is eligible to immediately be licensed upon employment and also meets the DNR’s hiring requirements.
All other applicants will be eligible for enrollment in an MCOLES basic training academy to meet the training standards. After successfully completing the MCOLES academy, recruits will receive specialized training on natural resource laws and regulations, as well as marine, off-road vehicle and snowmobile operation.

Candidates must be at least 21 years of age upon activation of an MCOLES license. Neither a college education nor any previous law enforcement, fishing or hunting experience is needed.

During the academy, recruits will become State of Michigan employees and receive biweekly paychecks while earning benefits and retirement.

“Our instructors are the best at what they do,” said F/Lt. Jason Wicklund, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “We want to see applicants succeed and will provide recruits everything they need to have a successful academy experience and a strong start in a challenging, rewarding career.”

Those interested in learning more about conservation officer academy opportunities are encouraged to contact a recruiter.