The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for conservation officers for the 2021 year.

If you are looking for a new career path, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is now looking to hire recruits for the 2021 conservation officer academy. These conservation officers, or COs, are responsible for enforcing laws and regulations under the jurisdiction of the Michigan DNR. You will become a fully licensed peace officer to enforce the laws related to fish and wildlife, state parks, trails and forests, and outdoor recreation activities which include off-road vehicle use, snowmobiling, and boating. Conservation officers are also the first responders to natural disasters and emergencies.

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Duties of conservation officers vary from season to season and include:

  • Observing and checking hunters and anglers
  • Enforcing snowmobiling, off-road vehicle, and watercraft regulations
  • Enforcing laws that protect the environment
  • Outdoor recreation safety education
  • Writing criminal case briefs and giving court testimony

Conservation officer work shifts vary and are often outdoors in inclement weather. CO's will also deal with hunters in possession of firearms and working as peace officers have the ability to make physical arrests of criminals.

These officers will also take part in multi-agency operations, patrols, and training exercises along side the United Stated Coast Guard, Michigan State Police, county sheriff departments, city police departments, United States Customs, Border Patrol, Fish and Wildlife Service, and tribal agencies.

Applicants living in Michigan will be required to have successfully completed the civil service exam within the past five years. To find out more about the hiring process or to apply, click here. 

 

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