How to Become a Game Warden in Maine

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New England’s State of Maine is famous for its rocky coastline, mountainous interior, and abundance of forests. While this makes Maine a premier vacation destination for hikers, hunters, anglers and boaters, law enforcement officials known as game wardens are charged with implementing all regulations pertaining to hunting, fishing and game animal protection as well as fish stocking. In some cases, Maine game wardens are also instrumental in the locating of outdoor enthusiasts gone missing and also in the recovering of abandoned vehicles. Tools of the trade for Maine game wardens are four wheel drive trucks, ATVs, snowmobiles, boats, fixed wing aircrafts, and of course a variety of communications gear.

Things You'll Need

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Copy of high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Notarized copy of birth certificate
  • Maine Class C driver’s license
  • Copy of driver’s license
  • Copy of ALERT Examination results
  • Copy of Physical Fitness Test results
  • $90
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check
  • Ability to pass a polygraph test
  • Ability to swim
  • Internet Access
  • Telephone
  • Envelope and postage
  • Willingness to live anywhere in Maine

Apply to Become a Game Warden in Maine

  • Call the Maine Bureau of Human Resources at 207-624-7761 to find out when applications for game warden employment are accepted.

  • Familiarize yourself with the hunting and fishing grounds in Maine. Learn about the animals being hunted, the limits imposed by current legislation, and the requirements for obtaining hunting and fishing permits. Use the Internet for the most up to date information about game animals and hunting seasons.

  • Call the Maine Criminal Justice Academy at 207-877-8000 to register for the ALERT Examination which establishes your basic writing ability and reading comprehension skills.

  • Schedule your Physical Fitness Test at the same time.

  • Bring $40 to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy on the day of your ALERT Examination. The Academy is located at 15 Oak Grove Road in Vassalboro, Maine, 04989.

  • Dress for a workout and take $25 with you when you visit the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for the Physical Fitness Test. You will perform a one minute testing of completing push-ups, execute as many sit-ups as possible in one minute, and finish your test by running 1.5 miles.

  • Fill out an application for employment with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Obtain the form by requesting it in writing from the Maine Bureau of Human Resources at #4 State House Station in Augusta, Maine 04333-0004.

  • Submit the completed application with copies of your high school diploma or GED certificate, Class C driver’s license, ALERT Examination results, Physical Fitness Test result, and also a notarized copy of your birth certificate.

Test and Interview to Become a Game Warden in Maine

  • Prepare yourself for the written test offered to each applicant for game warden in the State of Maine. It covers a multitude of subjects ranging from general fishing and hunting knowledge to intricacies pertaining to boating, operating ATVs and snowmobiles as well as a battery of tests examining your mathematical, grammatical, and reading comprehension aptitudes. The test usually takes place within 30 days after the game warden employment posting closes.

  • Take the written test on the day it is scheduled. As you may not reschedule or retake the test, clearing your schedule is crucial!

  • Schedule the mandatory oral board interview—usually within 30 days of the written test. A mix between an interview and a test of your communication and decision making skills, this is another appointment that cannot be rescheduled.

  • Give permission for the Maine Warden Service to run an extensive background check on you.

  • Schedule and submit to a polygraph test after your background check comes back devoid of any conditions that disqualify applicants from working as game wardens in Maine.

  • Participate in a general water survival test lasting about 30 minutes. You must prove that you can tread water for 15 minutes, swim 100 yards without interruption, and remove boots while treading water.

  • Interview with the Colonel of the Maine Warden Service; this official determines who will continue on to take the medical and psychological exams.

  • Schedule, undergo and pass a medical exam as well as a psychological exam.

Train to Become a Game Warden in Maine

  • Call 207-877-8000 to schedule a second Physical Fitness Test.

  • Take $25 to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy to take the Physical Fitness Test a second time.

  • Enroll in and attend the basic law enforcement training program offered by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

  • Graduate from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy with a passing score.

  • Enroll in and attend the Maine Warden Service Training Academy.

  • Graduate with a passing grade and enter a rewarding career protecting Maine’s wondrous wildlife and natural beauty.

Tips & Warnings

  • Prior to undergoing the application process check your credit, driving record and even run a criminal background check on yourself. This helps to avoid surprises and allows you to clear up any errors or rectify any problems that might hinder you from becoming a Maine game warden.

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