Six full-time conservation officer positions in districts across Utah

Are you looking for an exciting career that combines law enforcement with spending time outdoors protecting wildlife? If so, consider becoming a conservation officer with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR). Utah’s conservation officers catch poachers and patrol trout fisheries. They check licenses and relocate threatening wildlife. They work long hours in remote areas, knowing that their efforts protect fish, wildlife and habitat across the state. Learn more about becoming an officer.

There are currently six positions available. Assignment locations could be anywhere in the state of Utah and will be discussed with applicants during the interview process.

This job also requires certification as a law enforcement officer through Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) in Utah within the probationary period and then maintaining certification thereafter. The DWR will put you through the academy in order to obtain the necessary certifications. POST has strict requirements pertaining to past criminal activity. Please see the POST guidelines before applying for this position.

Principal duties

As a conservation officer, you will:

Patrol an assigned geographic area, enforcing state and federal wildlife conservation laws and regulations.
Conduct investigations, interviews and interrogations on wildlife-related violations.
Compile reports and other paperwork/documentation associated with citations, investigations and other job-related responsibilities.
Assist with law enforcement outreach efforts, including hunter education, school programs, media releases and more.
Assist with other wildlife-related tasks, including wildlife surveys, relocation, nuisance and damage concerns.
Build positive working relationships with other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate for this position:

Will have a bachelor’s degree in fisheries, wildlife or wildlife management; biological, veterinary, animal, range or earth sciences; criminal justice; criminology; criminal justice administration; environmental studies; environmental sciences; parks and outdoor recreation; psychology; or social sciences by Dec. 29, 2019.
Must be motivated, self-driven, calm in stressful situations and capable of working alone in harsh conditions with limited to no direct supervision.
Is articulate and capable of communicating well, both in person and in writing.
Can think through complex situations.
Is willing to work weekends and holidays.
Takes direction well and is eager to learn new skills.