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Becoming a Vermont Game Warden

The Law Enforcement Division of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is looking for people who would like to be part of our unique team. We are seeking highly motivated individuals who want to be game wardens to help continue our mission of providing protection to our state’s natural resources.

Wardens generally work independently in rural areas without direct supervision. Because wildlife crimes occur most often at odd hours of the day and the night, wardens work unusual hours to achieve law enforcement objectives.

View a WCAXTV Channel 3 News video of a ride along with a Vermont Game Warden »

Excellent pay
Paid vacation and sick leave
Generous medical and dental insurance plans
Office allowance
Retirement plan
State-issued equipment including truck, snowmobile, all-terrain vehicles and a variety of boats
Career advancement possibilities
Flexible hours


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Basic competency in mathematics, reading, English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

  • Physically fit.

  • Ability to swim.

  • Knowledge of defensive and safe vehicle operation techniques.

  • Ability to take and follow orders and work under stress.

  • Ability to gather information by interviewing people.

  • Ability to use reasoning and judgment to make quick decisions on routine matters without immediate supervision.

  • Ability to deal rationally with emotionally upset or hostile people in a variety of challenging situations.

  • Ability to keep accurate records.

Education and Experience:

  • High school graduation or GED equivalent and at least one of the following:
    Sixty (60) college credit hours with a major field of study in conservation or natural resources (e.g., environmental science or studies, wildlife management), biological or life sciences (e.g., biology, zoology), or criminal justice; OR

  • Two years of experience as a certified law enforcement officer; OR

  • Two years in the military on full-time duty, with discharge under honorable or other acceptable conditions; OR

  • Two years of experience in a natural resources field.

Additional qualifications required by the Fish & Wildlife Department or the Vermont Police Academy include:

  • Applicants must pass the Vermont Police Academy entrance exam. Information on the exam is available at 

  • Vision: At least 20/60 Snellen Test each eye, corrected to 20/20 with normal color perception.

  • Hearing: Normal.

  • Physical Fitness: Applicants must meet the physical fitness standards of the Vermont Police Academy. These standards can be found at

  • Driver’s License: Must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license at the time of application. Right to operate a motor vehicle may not have been suspended or revoked within 12 months of application. Candidates must obtain a Vermont Operator’s License upon employment.

  • Vermont residency is required upon employment.

  • Ability to successfully pass psychological, medical and polygraph examinations as well as a comprehensive background investigation.

To apply, use the online job application at or contact the Agency of Natural Resources Human Resources Division at (802) 249-4470.

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Becoming a State Game Warden Recruitment Pamphlet »


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