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Become a Conservation Officer

Conservation officers work in Idaho's mountains and high deserts, on wild rivers and pristine lakes. They travel through this beautiful country on snow machines, horses, jet boats and 4x4 vehicles.  This is not an 8 to 5 job, it’s one that allows you to adjust your schedule so you can make your child's soccer game. Conservation officers work in country where most people only vacation.

Idaho conservation officers are law enforcement officers who primarily enforce wildlife law. They attend Idaho’s Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy and then additional Idaho Fish and Game field enforcement training. They work closely with biologists to collect biological data for wildlife studies, conduct population studies, trap, tag and transplant wildlife and work with landowners to resolve wildlife damage problems.

Education and Experience

You need good knowledge of fish and wildlife management practices and be a great listener and communicator. Competitive candidates have a bachelor's degree in wildlife or fisheries management or closely related fields. You must also be able to relate to our customers, primarily anglers and hunters. To do this, you need an interest and practical experience in fishing and hunting.

Employment Opportunities

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Job Seeker Overview

Review an overview of what our officers do and about our hiring process.

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Interview and Hiring Process

An estimated time frame for the hiring process to become an Idaho conservation officer.

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Career Events

Women Warden's Workshop

July 27: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Idaho Fish and Game Magic Valley Regional Office
324 S. 417 East Suite #1, Jerome, ID

This workshop will provide prospective applicants with insight from and experiences of female Idaho Fish and Game Conservation Officers. The workshop is open to ANYONE but will focus on addressing female-specific topics. We will provide information and strategies to help you successfully navigate the hiring process and your ensuing career.

Preregistration is required. Contact your local Idaho Fish and Game Regional Office to register.

The workshop will be hosted over Zoom for those who cannot attend in person.

Zoom link coming soon.

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Contact Information

Greg Wooten 
Enforcement Chief 
Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game 
(208) 334-3736 
E-mail: greg.wooten@idfg.idaho.gov

Joey Ishida 
Assistant Chief 
Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game 
(208) 287-2762 
E-mail: joey.ishida@idfg.idaho.gov

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