Seeking Conservation Officers | New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

If you or someone you know has been interested in working as a conservation officer, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) is accepting applications.

Department seeking next generation of conservation officers

nmdgf-logo-color_originalSANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking qualified men and women to join the next generation of conservation officers, who protect and conserve New Mexico’s wildlife.

The department is currently accepting applications for conservation officer trainees with a starting pay of $17.03 an hour. Applications for this position will be accepted until April 16, 2019. Physical assessments and interviews will take place May 11, 2019 in Santa Fe. Candidates who advance past the interviews may be required to stay in Santa Fe until May 17, 2019 for further testing.SCI posts (1)

Prior law enforcement experience is not required. Successful applicants must either possess a qualifying bachelor’s degree or obtain a qualifying degree and provide documentation of the degree prior to the start date of June 3, 2019. Qualifying degrees are those in a field related to wildlife management, biology or criminal justice. Aside from a written exam, oral interview and fitness test, successful candidates must also pass a psychological exam, medical exam, background investigation and drug test.

Upon hiring, recruits will receive basic training at the law enforcement academy, department’s recruit school and one year of on-the-job training before working alone in the field. Those hired can look forward to extensive training in subjects such as wildlife law investigations, aerial wildlife survey techniques, wildlife restraint, wildlife management principles, vehicle operations, defensive tactics, arrest procedures, OHV training, boat training and firearms training. The training is rigorous and the work is often difficult, requiring sound judgement, a good work ethic and common sense.

“The department is seeking highly motivated personnel who are up to the challenge this career represents,” says recruiting officer Brady Griffith.

Conservation officers, along with enforcing New Mexico’s game and fish laws, educate the public about wildlife and wildlife management, conduct wildlife surveys, capture “problem animals,” investigate wildlife damage to crops and property, assist in wildlife relocations and help develop new hunting, fishing and trapping regulations. They work primarily alone in the most remote regions of the state and are often stationed in small towns.

Interested applicants can get more information about conservation officer duties, educational and physical requirements, training and employee benefits by visiting the department’s enforcement page or contacting Griffith at (505) 795-1700 or


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