2021 GAME WARDEN COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION
The Game Warden Exam is being offered in anticipation of filling up to 12 game warden positions around the state. See below for preferences and registration details.
Wyoming statute requires law enforcement positions (game warden, senior game warden and regional access coordinator) be selected based on competitive examination. Exams are typically scheduled once a year, depending on vacancies. Passing the examination does not guarantee the applicant will be offered an interview. Candidates will be selected for interviews based on a combination of factors including overall test scores, number of credit hours in hands-on wildlife courses, grades/transcripts, job suitability profiling, and a Life History Questionnaire. No single factor will be used to select interview candidates; however, there are some factors that could lead to automatic disqualification. This could include, but may not be limited to, conviction of a felony, conviction of a misdemeanor for domestic violence, the use of marijuana within the last year, the use of other illegal drugs (such as cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, etc.) within the last 5 years, or major wildlife violations. Additionally, the online examination is a closed book exam and testing integrity will be verified through additional means including, but not limited to, polygraph examination. Any deceitful act identified will be grounds for disqualification of a potential job offer.
Minimum Exam Qualifications/Coursework Preferences:
A Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, range management, biology, zoology, ichthyology or other closely related field. Other bachelor’s degrees may be considered with at least 20 hours of wildlife-related coursework as evidenced on required transcripts.
If you have not currently completed college coursework at the baccalaureate level, you must submit a letter from your college authority stating you are expected to receive your degree by September 1, 2021.
Must have a valid driver’s license.
Must be a citizen of the United States prior to attendance at WLEA (see below).
Must be willing to undergo a background check, which will include fingerprinting.
Primary responsibilities include wildlife management, data collection and analysis, enforcement of game and fish laws and regulations, evaluation of damage to crops and livestock by wildlife, and acting as local liaison between the department and the public. A substantial amount of training and all equipment is provided. Please view a short video from Director Brian Nesvik regarding Wyoming game wardens at wgfd.wyo.gov/game-warden-exam.
Law Enforcement Requirements:
Upon employment, individuals must complete a 14-week Peace Officer Basic Training Course at the Wyoming State Law Enforcement Academy (WLEA) in January 2022. Please review the WLEA’s physical fitness assessment standards (available at http://wleacademy.com “Basic Programs-Physical Fitness Assessment”) to assure with or without reasonable accommodation, you are able to meet the requirements.
Monthly salary varies depending upon duty assignment, ranging from:
Game Warden - $3,709.09 - $5,735.70
Senior Game Warden and Regional Access Coordinator - $4,839.86 - $7,484.33