Interested in Becoming a Refuge Officer?
Refuge officers are commissioned law enforcement officers. You are required to carry firearms and other defensive equipment; therefore, you must be at least 18 years old, and physically and emotionally fit.
A 2- or 4-year degree in natural resources conservation, criminal justice, or a related field is desirable, although applicable experience may be substituted for education.
Needless to say, you must like working outdoors in all kinds of weather! You also must enjoy working with people, because most of your job will consist of contacting and interacting with refuge visitors, neighbors, and other employees.
We suggest that you visit a national wildlife refuge and talk to the staff or an officer, if possible. Click here for a list of refuges to find the one closest to you. Please note that not all refuges are staffed. Each link will tell you whether the refuge is staffed or unstaffed.
Physical fitness is crucial in obtaining and maintaining a commission. Before entry and then annually, officers must undergo a physical examination and be physically and medically capable of performing the essential duties of the position efficiently, without hazard to themselves or others.
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Last updated: Monday, February 12, 2007 15:19