The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is currently accepting applications for Wildlife Officer Cadets and Natural Resources Officer Cadets.
Applications for this posting are for consideration of a Wildlife Officer Cadet with the Division of Wildlife ONLY. To apply to be a Natural Resources Officer (NRO) Cadet with the Division of Parks and Watercraft, applicants will need to submit a separate application at https://careers.ohio.gov.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) mission is to ensure a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all.
We are seeking individuals who are passionate about law enforcement, natural resource conservation and public service to serve as future wildlife officers. Wildlife officers have statewide authority to enforce wildlife regulations, protect ODNR lands and waters, and are the visible face of the division. State wildlife officers contact thousands of people in the field, perform fish and wildlife surveys, speak about conservation programs, and provide technical advice and instruction about wildlife management issues, hunting, fishing, and shooting. As state law enforcement officers they contribute to public safety in their local areas and I Ohio's great outdoors.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife is responsible for management of fish and wildlife resources as mandated by Ohio law. The specific powers and duties of the Division are found in the Ohio Constitution and the Ohio Revised and Administrative Codes. The Division of Wildlife holds ownership to all wild animals in trust for the benefit of Ohio’s citizens. Fish and wildlife management practices, regulations, and enforcement are based on wildlife being a usable and renewable resource.
This job posting includes important dates and information regarding the qualifications, the hiring process and academy. For additional details, please visit the Division of Wildlife
** There are fifteen (15) Wildlife Officer Cadet vacancies available. Counties of assignment will be determined after hire. Any applicant accepting an offer to this position will be required to physically reside in the assigned county.
** BOTH OPOTA COMMISSIONED AND NON-COMMISSIONED APPLICANTS WILL BE ACCEPTED **
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION OF WILDLIFE OFFICER CADET INCLUDE:
Attends in-resident wildlife officer training academy to receive instruction on organization and function of agency and Division of Wildlife & law enforcement techniques (e.g., purpose & responsibility of wildlife officer; standards of ethics; law enforcement techniques; laws of arrest, court procedures; peace officer basic training instruction, firearms, all-terrain vehicle [ATV] & watercraft operations, water survival, and related responsibilities).
Receives instruction & is tested on fish & wildlife management techniques (e.g., ecology; research; creel & bag checks; habitat management; specimen collection; surveys & nesting structure construction), water sampling techniques, fish & water-fowl identification, public relations, hunter safety, first aid, self-defense & defensive driving; constructs & maintains equipment (e.g., building nesting structures; cleans/shines leather; cleans vehicles).
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT REQUIRED TO REMAIN IN THE CLASSIFICATION AFTER EMPLOYMENT
Incumbent must serve as Wildlife Officer Cadet, 22290, for at least six months and graduate from Wildlife Officer Training Academy; must possess Ohio peace officer’s training certificate and Wildlife Commission for consideration for reassignment to Wildlife Officer, 22292. Per Article 31.05 of FOP Contract, must maintain agency required physical condition as outlined by department directive and pass any required medical examinations; must qualify semi-annually with firearms and related equipment; must maintain OPOTC certification.
UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS
Works outside exposed to weather; resides at training facility; may be exposed to physical violence; may work nights & weekends.
For a complete description and to apply: https://careers.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/careers/