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Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement Hiring Investigative Wardens

Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement Hiring Investigative Wardens

The Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement is hiring Investigative Wardens within the bureau of law enforcement. Currently, the bureau has opening(s) for an investigative warden with statewide responsibility in both the eastern and western halves of Wisconsin. Candidates must live within 50 driving miles of their assigned office. Multiple office locations throughout Wisconsin exist including Spooner, Baldwin, Lacrosse, Fitchburg, Green Bay, Wautoma, Plymouth, Milwaukee or Black River Falls. Please apply now if interested in these vacancies or future vacancies within this classification.

Our mission is to protect, improve, and promote the safe and wise use of our natural resources through law enforcement, education and community based wardening that guarantees fair and equal treatment of all. Are you passionate about ensuring the environmental and resource commercialization laws of Wisconsin are upheld? Then this is a career for you! Position Summary: Special Investigative Wardens are law enforcement officers that serve to protect public health, natural resources, and the environment by investigating environmental violations including but not limited to hazardous waste, asbestos, wastewater, and drinking water. Investigators also specialize in investigating the commercialization of fish, game, timber and other Wisconsin natural resources. Investigative wardens fulfill a unique niche with the DNR’s Bureau of Law Enforcement (LE) with special emphasis on protecting the states natural resources from disease introductions, overharvest, pollution, and commercialization. For more information go to: Warden Recruitment - Wisconsin DNR

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Special Notes: To be a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin for the Wisconsin DNR you must 1) be at least 18 years of age; 2) have no unpardoned felony or domestic violence convictions; 3) possess 60 college credits from an accredited institution or a college credit waiver from the Wisconsin Department of Justice; 4) possess a valid driver’s license with no OWI convictions within one year, and no more than 3 moving violations or at fault accidents within the past two years; and 5) upon appointment, all applicants must possess certification in ATV, Boating, and Snowmobile Safety. Online courses available at Safety education - Wisconsin DNR.

Completion of a police academy is not required to apply.

Additionally, appointment may be subject to successful completion of the following 1) physical fitness assessments; 2) background investigation; and 3) psychological testing, drug screen and medical examinations.

Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications:
- Experience collaborating with interagency customers, or internal and external customers or partners, etc.
- Experience with legal, technical and complex documents (reading, understanding, producing or editing complex, technical or legal documents)
- Experience working on teams (e.g. teamwork, team sports, integrating teams across programs, etc.)

Well-qualified candidates will have:
- Experience enforcing natural resources and/or environmental laws as a law enforcement officer
- Experience with the management, coordination or participation with complex civil enforcement actions (Courts, enforcement specialist, legal counsel, government regulatory experience, etc.)
- Experience as a law enforcement officer
- Experience (professional or volunteer) teaching, tutoring, training, guiding, mentoring or coaching others
- Education in a related field

How To Apply: Apply on-line in WISC.JOBS; if new to applying online, access this site, create a new account, complete an initial application, and then apply online. Those with an account can "Log In" to their account; complete a Job Search for key word Investigative Warden and click on "Apply Now." This online application process must be completed and finalized by the deadline: 11:59 p.m. December 4, 2019. Further information/instructions can be found when logging in to apply. You will receive an e-mail to confirm completion of the exam process; information will also appear in the WISC.Jobs job cart. You will be able to save and return to update the exam up to the deadline date.

If you need assistance with the online application process, contact Kayla Weisensel,, 608-266-6831.

Current permanent classified state employees and former permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration via transfer, voluntary demotion or reinstatement must apply through Wisc.Jobs.

NEXT STEP OF THE PROCESS: Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited by email to participate in the next step of the selection process, tentatively scheduled to take place in January 2020. The anticipated start date for employment is March 2, 2020. It is very important to provide us with a valid email address and/or Active CELLULAR phone and to monitor your email and text messages faithfully throughout this recruitment. If you have any questions about becoming a conservation warden or the conservation warden service, please contact Jeffrey King at or 608-219-4887.

The DNR is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.