Applications now being accepted for 60th game warden cadet class
AUSTIN — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is building its next generation of elite state law enforcement officers with application to the 60th Texas Game Warden Cadet class now open through April 30.
“We are excited for the opportunity to welcome and train the next generation of Texas game wardens, and we encourage everyone who is interested to apply,” says Colonel Craig Hunter, TPWD Law Enforcement Director. “Since 1895, Texas game wardens have protected the people of Texas through professional law enforcement services that include land, water and air patrols; search and rescue; and tactical operations, all while working to conserve and protect the natural resources of our state.”
Applicants must be 21 years old prior to entering the academy in January 2016. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to Sept. 1, 2015 is required. Applicants must also meet additional minimum eligibility requirements, including a preliminary interview, background investigation and physical skills tests focusing on agility and swimming. Persons who are interested in strengthening their swimming skills or who would like to learn to swim prior to the swim test are encouraged to contact the American Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/program-highlights/swimming.
All cadets are required to live at the Game Warden Training Center near Hamilton, Texas, for the duration of the 30-week training period.
After graduation, new game wardens will be assigned to vacant stations throughout Texas with the responsibility of protecting the state’s natural resources. Game wardens also protect lives by enforcing the Water Safety Act and conducting standard peace officer duties.
Candidates can apply online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/jobs and reference posting #15-00478. Applications are due April 30.
For additional information, check the website at www.tpwd.texas.gov/warden/ or contact Texas game warden recruiters, Lieutenant Kevin Malonson at [email protected] and game warden Eric Howard at [email protected] or call (877) 229-2733.