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Fish and Game Warden  What They Do

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Conservation Officers Career Video



Patrols assigned area to prevent fish and game law violations. Investigates reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife. Compiles biological data.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resources pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Patrols assigned areas by car, boat, airplane, horse, or on foot to enforce game, fish, or boating laws or to manage wildlife programs, lakes, or land.
  • Compiles and presents evidence for court actions.
  • Investigates hunting accidents or reports of fish or game law violations.
  • Protects and preserves native wildlife, plants, or ecosystems.
  • Issues warnings or citations and files reports as necessary.
  • Serves warrants and makes arrests.
  • Provides assistance to other local law enforcement agencies as required.
  • Promotes or provides hunter or trapper safety training.
  • Participates in search-and-rescue operations.
  • Arranges for disposition of fish or game illegally taken or possessed.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath

Work Hours and Travel

  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Natural Resource Officer -- Administers and enforces all resource-based acts and regulations relating to fish, wildlife, forestry, parks, water, crown lands and wildfires.
  • Park Warden -- Responsible for implementing natural resource management, public safety, and law enforcement programs within the national parks system.
  • Conservation Enforcement Officer --
  • State Conservation Officer --