LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is looking for a few good men and women interested in becoming wildlife officers for the agency. Wildlife officers are certified law enforcement officers with statewide jurisdiction and full police authority. They are primarily responsible for the enforcement of all AGFC regulations, but are capable of enforcing all state laws as well.
Wildlife officers work to apprehend poachers who are illegally taking wildlife to protect Arkansas’s wildlife resources, according to the AGFC’s Chief of Enforcement Col. Todd Callaway. “Arkansas wildlife officers also are charged with the duty of enforcing state and federal boating laws on the state’s thousands of acres of lakes, waterways and rivers,” Callaway said. “They also provide protection and enforcement of laws that cover threatened and endangered species of fish and wildlife,” he added. Wildlife officers teach hunter and boating education classes as well as participate in community and school-based projects.
“A wildlife officer may be called on to work any hours, day or night and must work weekends and holidays,” Callaway says. Regular days off are scheduled on weekdays. “It’s a full-time job requiring the highest standard of personal and professional conduct,” he explained.
AGFC wildlife officer cadet training consists of classroom instruction, in-field training and hands-on applications. Cadets must complete 16 weeks of intensive training, covering 90 subjects. Current positions are available around the state. The current job posting expires on Feb. 20.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a wildlife officer, you can download a printable brochure by clicking the link below or call 800-364-4263 or click here to apply.