Law Enforcement

Refuge Law Enforcement has several objectives:

  • To protect refuge visitors and employees from disturbance or harm by others. 
  • To assist visitors in understanding refuge laws, regulations, and the reasons for them.   
  • To enhance the management and protection of fish and wildlife resources on refuges. 
  • To ensure the legally prescribed, equitable use of fish and wildlife resources on refuges. 
  • To obtain compliance with laws and regulations necessary for the proper administration, management, and protection of the National Wildlife Refuge System  


Refuge Law Enforcement Officers are commissioned officers that carry firearms and other defensive equipment. A combination of education and experience is usually required and you must be a U.S. citizen between 18 and 37 years of age when you begin training. Training is conducted in various federal facilities and will take 30 weeks to complete.