Conservation Law Enforcement
Nature of Work
The Conservation Law Enforcement Associate of Applied Science Degree program involves a combination of Criminal Justice courses and Wildlife Management courses to prepare students for successful employment in a range of professions within natural resources. Criminal Justice courses provide students with an overview of the criminal justice system focusing on theoretical and practical applications in law enforcement. Wildlife Management courses provide students with applicable knowledge and skills in the areas of wildlife populations, habitats, wildlife management, and maintenance. Graduates of the programs receive an Associate of Applied Science in Conservation Law Enforcement.
What is a Game Warden?
Game Wardens, often referred to as wildlife officers, conservation officers, or fish and game wardens, are members of state and federal wildlife conservation teams, serving as commissioned law enforcement officers who enforce the laws in place to protect wildlife and natural resources on state, federal and even privately owned land.
Conservation Law Enforcement Officer Requirements
Fish and game wardens are fully commissioned and certified peace officers responsible for the enforcement of state and federal laws and regulations related to the protection and conservation of wildlife. Although this certainly includes laws related to hunting, fishing, trapping and poaching, game wardens—also frequently referred to as conservation officers—often enforce laws related to boating, land and equipment use, pollution, wildlife trade and smuggling, and the use of natural resources along with all state laws. This program meets the minimum qualifications to become a Georgia Game Warden.
There are currently about 200 POST-certified game wardens in the state of Georgia, and there is a strong demand for these positions. The Georgia game warden starting salary is $41,236 and employees are considered for performance-based salary increases annually. The average Georgia wage was $61,340 in 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For more information on careers in DNR Law Enforcement, visit https://gadnrlle.org/careers-le.
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