A career as a game warden in Pennsylvania falls under the title of Waterways Conservation Officer (WCO). The WCO is a Civil Service position, and requires completion of a Civil Service application, extensive training, and a probationary period. WCOs are responsible for protecting wildlife areas, giving citations when necessary, apprehending suspects, investigation of accidents, and stocking fish.
Things You'll Need
- A high school diploma or GED
- Legal age of 21 years or older
- A Pennsyvania driver's license
- Pennsylvania residency
How to Become a Fish and Game Warden in Pennsylvania
Complete the Civil Service application which can be found on the Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission website. The application can be completed online if there are current openings for Waterways Conservation Officers. Otherwise, download the PDF application, fill it out, and send it by regular mail.
Take and pass the examination for WCO trainee. Pass a background check, and be placed on the trainee wait list.
Attend an interview, once contacted to do so. If the interview is completed successfully, and all requirements are met there is a possibility of being placed in the WCO training program.
Begin the one year training program, which according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) includes: 20 weeks of training in law enforcement principles; 20 weeks of classroom training by PFBC staff; 7 weeks of field training assignments; 5 weeks of on the job evaluated training.
Complete the training program successfully, and be promoted to Waterways Conservation Officer (WCO).
Tips & Warnings
- WCOs may encounter armed hunters.
- WCOs must respond to accidents, calls about animals, and conduct searches if necessary, so people considering this career should understand the variety of situations that may arise.
- Photo Credit From the PFBC website: http://www.fish.state.pa.us/careers2.htm
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