Conservation Officer/Fish and Game Wardens Career Video
Description: Patrol assigned area to prevent fish and game law violations. Investigate reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife. Compile biological data.
Protecting wildlife and wild places is the work of conservation officers. Also called fish and game wardens, they enforce laws and regulations that support fish and animal populations. Capable of using almost every type of transportation, they patrol their assigned areas by car, boat, airplane, horse, or on foot. Fish and game wardens investigate hunting accidents and fish or game violations, and may compile evidence to testify in court. They issue hunting licenses and help to make the hunting season as safe and humane as possible. As officers, they also carry weapons and are trained by the local, state, or federal agency that employs them. A conservation officer may collect or review biological data to assess the health of their area, such as the condition of wildlife in a park, the health of native plants, or the impact of wildlife on crops. They may also conduct inspections or rescues. Most positions require a bachelor’s degree in a related field. A background in the life sciences, and interests in fishing, bird watching, or hunting, are helpful. Excellent physical condition is required. If you love wildlife and being outdoors, this may be an ideal career.