Fishgame wardens patrol lakes rivers beaches wetlands coastlines deserts and back country to enforce the states fish and wildlife code. They make sure that people adhere to state and federal boating hunting and fishing laws and they can seize fish game or equipment if violate the Fish and Wildlife code. According to the website www.legal-criminal-justice-schools.com fishgame wardens not only protect wildlife but they also investigate reports of mountain lions bears cougars and coyotes roaming in populated areas and they may take part in search and rescue operations when people are stranded in wildlife areas. They wear uniforms and are authorized to carry firearms. They are also expected to give educational talks to the public. Individuals who aspire to this career should be interested in law enforcement enjoy working outdoors in potentially treacherous areas and have experience hunting fishing camping and hiking in wild areas. They must be physically fit and have strong assertive personalities because they must make sure people do not violate laws. Most fishgame wardens are employed by government agencies such as State Departments of Fish and Game. The website httplegalcareers.about.com says that in most states they must be at least 21 years of age have a valid drivers license be U.S. citizens with no criminal record and pass a state peace officer licensing exam. In most states fishgame wardens must have at least 2 years of college but many require a four-year bachelors degree or two years of college coupled with wildlife or law enforcement experience. In most states they attend a training academy for three to 12 months. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the mean annual salary for fishgame wardens is approximately $56000 but the range if from approximately $30000 to $82000. When paid by the hour they earn approximately $27.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Conducts search and rescue operations.
Manages wildlife populations.
Investigates wildlife crimes.
|Also Called:||Peace Officer
Law Enforcement Agent