About the position
The Department of Fish and Game has exciting opportunities to join our team as a Senior Conservation Officer (SCO)/Regional Investigator (RI).
Regional Investigators will be hired from experienced officers who have demonstrated the ability to perform long term and complex criminal investigations. Investigators will be assigned to specific geographical regions, with the current openings located in Lewiston and Idaho Falls. Regional Investigators are required to provide assistance to field officers and the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) by primarily conducting overt investigations. They may also function in traditional Senior Conservation Officer roles as directed by the region.
Applicants may be required to complete a physical fitness assessment, psychological examination, and medical exam during the hiring process.
Responsibilities for Senior Conservation Officer:
- Conducts biological, wildlife, and wildlife population studies.
- Monitors stream alterations, fish kills, and other activities that impact wildlife populations and habitat.
- Conducts wildlife feeding programs and evaluates effects of proposed habitat manipulation for impact on wildlife.
- Patrols an assigned geographic area to detect and control violators of fish and game laws.
- Checks licenses, bag limits, and field camps of sportsmen.
- Plans and conducts investigations of suspected violators of fish and game laws and issues citations and makes arrests.
Responsibilities for Senior Conservation Officers while working as a Regional Investigator:
- Investigates actual or suspected criminal activities relating to fish and game law violations.
- Coordinate investigative casework with the Regional Conservations Officers (RCO – Captain level), District Conservation Officers (DCO – Sergeant level), SCO’s and county prosecutors. Coordinate investigative casework and intelligence with SIU, performing and coordinating follow-up casework resulting from an SIU investigation.
- Coordinate and conduct investigations on habitual wildlife offenders.
- Assist SIU with out of region investigations.
- Provide regional expertise in evidence collection and be the region’s primary evidence custodian.
- Serve as liaison between regions and SIU in the analysis and sharing of criminal intelligence.
- Collect, collate, and disseminate intelligence on habitual wildlife offenders within the region.
- Regional specialist in electronic surveillance and computer analysis to include competency in the department’s license data system and all enforcement databases.
- Provide regional expertise in case preparation, documentation, report writing, trial preparation, warrant service, and writing affidavits in support of search/arrest warrants.
- Perform uniform patrols and other duties as needed and directed by the region
- Works with and assists federal and other state wildlife agents on interstate wildlife violations.
- Documents evidence, writes reports, and testifies in court.
- Working hours and days off are irregular and will occasionally include weekends and holidays.
Minimum Qualifications: (These qualifications are required.)
- Have permanent status as a Conservation Officer OR have one year of experience as a sworn peace officer and have an equivalent level of comparable experience operating fish and wildlife management activities; working with interdisciplinary issues; dealing with and speaking before local sportsmen and citizen groups regarding wildlife issues
- Willingness to participate and to instruct in hunting and fishing activities.
- Meet the entrance requirements for the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy.
- Valid driver's license.
Minimum Qualification Specialty Area: (This qualification is required for Senior Conservation Officer - Regional Investigator positions.)
- Experience developing and conducting complex investigations.
Enter your responses to the supplemental questions in the space provided. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A higher rating may be obtained based on the extent of your education and experience, so take your time to provide a detailed and complete answer to each question. It is very important that the information you provide clearly supports your responses.
To learn more about the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, please see the following:
- 'We are the Idaho Fish & Game' (video)