Fish and Game Wardens

Patrol assigned area to prevent fish and game law violations. Investigate reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife. Compile biological data.

Median Annual Wage: $50,880

Education: Bachelor's degree (79%); High school diploma or equivalent (14%); Associate's degree (4%)

Projected Growth: Little or no change (-2% to 2%)

Related Job Titles: Wildlife Manager; District Wildlife Manager; Game Warden; Natural Resource Officer; State Game Warden; Wildlife Officer; Fisheries Enforcement Officer; Law Enforcement Officer (LEO); State Wildlife Officer; Wildlife Conservation Officer

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Fish and Game Wardens.

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  • Compile and present evidence for court actions.
  • Investigate hunting accidents or reports of fish or game law violations.
  • Protect and preserve native wildlife, plants, or ecosystems.
  • Issue warnings or citations and file reports as necessary.
  • Provide assistance to other local law enforcement agencies as required.
  • Serve warrants and make arrests.
  • Promote or provide hunter or trapper safety training.
  • Participate in search-and-rescue operations.
  • Arrange for disposition of fish or game illegally taken or possessed.
  • Seize equipment used in fish and game law violations.
  • Address schools, civic groups, sporting clubs, or the media to disseminate information concerning wildlife conservation and regulations.
  • Recommend revisions in hunting and trapping regulations or in animal management programs so that wildlife balances or habitats can be maintained.
  • Inspect commercial operations relating to fish or wildlife, recreation, or protected areas.
  • Survey areas and compile figures of bag counts of hunters to determine the effectiveness of control measures.
  • Collect and report information on populations or conditions of fish and wildlife in their habitats, availability of game food or cover, or suspected pollution.
  • Design or implement control measures to prevent or counteract damage caused by wildlife or people.
  • Provide advice or information to park or reserve visitors.
  • Investigate crop, property, or habitat damage or destruction or instances of water pollution to determine causes and to advise property owners of preventive measures.
  • Issue licenses, permits, or other documentation.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Fish and Game Wardens.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Fish and Game Wardens.

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