Position Description and Application Information
Our recently hosted informational webinar explaining our conservation warden hiring and training process [exit DNR] was recorded and is now available.
Please note we experienced technical difficulties and the 2023 webinar recording does not include the first several minutes of the warden presentation. In addition to viewing the webinar, we encourage you to explore our preparation and hiring process pages to learn more.
The Wisconsin DNR is currently accepting applications for the 2024 class of conservation wardens. The initial application process will close on May 4th, 2023 at 11:59 PM CDT. The department will hire approximately ten full-time wardens for the upcoming class who will begin training in January 2024, or April 2024, depending on the applicant’s prior law enforcement experience (if any).
This year’s hiring process will likely focus on property-specific conservation warden positions, which are assigned to major DNR state park and forest properties throughout the state. Apply at Wisc.Jobs and search for Job IDs: 9980 and 9990. One job posting is for a statewide conservation warden recruitment that will be used to fill multiple vacancies across the state (9980). Applicants with or without prior law enforcement training or experience can apply for this posting. The second posting is specifically for a conservation warden position at Devils Lake State Park (9990). For this posting, applicants need to have current law enforcement certifications to apply.
Applicants will need to submit a resume and letter of qualifications (cover letter) during the initial application process. Unlike last year, there are no short answer questions in the initial application.
Since 1879, conservation wardens have been proudly protecting the people and natural resources of Wisconsin.
Conservation wardens are credentialed law enforcement officers who work throughout the state, enforcing all natural resource and recreation safety laws, educating the public on conservation topics and providing law enforcement services on state parks, forests and trails. We are committed to creating a culture of inclusivity, building trusting relationships, and thoughtfully engaging and serving our diverse public.
The conservation warden career is both unique and rewarding, and requires candidates with a passion for helping others, communication skills and an appreciation for the outdoors.