How to Become a Game Warden in Ohio

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In the state of Ohio, there are many job opportunities available for wildlife officials and game wardens. The position of game warden is considered a law enforcement occupation. In Ohio, a game warden's job is to enforce, investigate and manage wildlife program rules and operations. At a more advanced level, officers may conduct criminal investigations. There are a few things you should know before you look into becoming a game warden in Ohio.

Things You'll Need

  • Time to study, learn and educate yourself about all the subjects a game warden needs to know

How to Become a Game Warden in Ohio

  • The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recommends that people interested in a career in wildlife management law enforcement study a wide range of fields, beginning fairly early. For instance, in high school, in addition to required classes, students should place extra emphasis on the sciences. Biology, chemistry and math will all come in handy, especially if you can take advanced-level classes.

  • You'll definitely need to attend college, because it's practically impossible to get a job these days without a college education. If you can attend a school that offers majors in wildlife management, then do so. Otherwise, major in zoology, biology, or ecology. Placing emphasis on studying mammals or birds will help you later in your career. Make sure that any college or university you attend is accredited.

  • Your best bet is to get a Master's Degree or, at the very least, a Bachelor's Degree, because this will offer you more promotional opportunities within the Department of Natural Resources.

  • Once you've completed your college education, you'll move on to the state's wildlife officer training program. Game wardens are required to have an ongoing knowledge of up-to-date wildlife management projects. Their job duties may include collecting information on wildlife surveys, doing hunter bag checks, test nettings, and other such activities.

  • Department of Natural Resources staff often have to learn to work with local law enforcement agencies, and be able to effectively communicate with the public. Supervisors in these positions are sometimes required to have firearms certification and have completed Ohio peace officer training.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a criminal record, chances are good you won't be selected as an Ohio game warden. This is a law enforcement position, and you must be able to qualify for weapons permits.

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