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Title:  Game Warden Trainee

Application Deadline Date:  10/26/2020
Req ID:  10007
Department:  Fish & Wildlife

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $21.16

***RECRUITMENT PROCESS & TIMELINES*** - Please read carefully

Applicants meeting minimum qualifications will be scheduled for a day of testing on November 21st.  This will consist of two exams administered jointly by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Vermont Police Academy.  Each test is approximately 1.5 hours long. They are multiple-choice exams administered in two phases. The first phase, which covers materials relevant to math, writing skills and reading comprehension, will be administered by Vermont Police Academy Staff.  There is a $30 (thirty) fee for this exam.  Please bring cash or personal check to cover the cost of the exam.  Credit/debit cards will not be accepted. 

Based on the results of the written exam, candidates who pass will advance to the physical fitness test and psychological screening. 

Those candidates that pass the physical test will then take a second written exam, which covers materials relevant to basic wildlife biology and identification and habitats of Vermont fish and wildlife species and will be administered by the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife. 

NOTE:  You may not use a calculator for either of the written exams.  Suggested study materials include subject matter relevant to basic wildlife biology, identification and habitats of Vermont species, and material relevant to basic English and math.  All qualified applicants will receive notification from the Department of Fish & Wildlife of the time and location of their testing.

Candidates who successfully complete both written tests and the physical fitness tests will be scheduled for an oral panel interview.  These interviews will be scheduled for late November to early December.

Final candidates will undergo, background investigation and a physical and polygraph exam as well as a swim test.  Once hired incumbents will complete a twelve-month probationary training period which includes participation in the Vermont Police Academy's full-time law enforcement training program (currently 16 weeks).  Upon successful completion of the Vermont Police Academy Training program and an eight-month on-the-job field training period, the employee will be assigned a district anywhere in the state.   Failure to successfully complete this training will result in separation from the uniformed warden service.

The final list of eligible candidates will be good for up to two years.

To learn more about the Department of Fish & Wildlife you can visit their web page at: https://vtfishandwildlife.com

The mandatory retirement age is 55.

Who May Apply

This position, Game Warden Trainee (Job Requisition # 10007), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact justin.stedman@vermont.gov
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Class Definition

Entry level training in law enforcement and other relevant duties within an assigned area for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, Law Enforcement Division. Duties include participation in and successful completion of a prescribed formal course of studies at the Vermont Police Academy and a period of on-the-job training conducted by the Department of Fish & Wildlife. An initial period of close supervision and intensive instruction moderates as an incumbent acquires skill and experience. Promotion to the position of Game Warden II is automatic upon successful completion of all required training courses and a fully satisfactory rating at the end of the on-the-job training/probationary period. Failure to complete the one year traineeship satisfactorily will result in separation from the uniformed warden force.

Environmental Factors

Duties and training performed in class and field settings involve traversing rough terrain and bodies of water and the lifting and transporting of heavy objects, in addition to exposure to the variety of Vermont climatic conditions. Duties will require evening, weekend and other irregular duty hours and significant overtime duty. Incumbents will be required to wear a uniform and carry firearms during duty shifts. Field duties are usually performed from a motor vehicle. Exposure to danger will occur in a variety of situations.

Minimum Qualifications

High School diploma or equivalent AND EITHER:

Sixty (60) college credit hours with a major field of study in conservation or natural resources (e.g., environmental science or studies, wildlife management, etc.), biological or life sciences (e.g., biology, zoology, etc.), or criminal justice;


Two (2) years or more of experience as a certified law enforcement officer;


Two (2) years or more in the military on full-time duty, with discharge under honorable or other acceptable conditions;


Two (2) years or more of work experience in a natural resources field.

Special Requirements

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

Applicants must pass the Vermont Police Academy entrance exam AND the Vermont Fish & Wildlife written exam.

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.

Ability to swim.

Residency: Applicants must bear the expense of travel to Vermont during the hiring process. Vermont residency is required within six (6) months of hire date.

Driver's License: Must possess or be eligible to obtain a valid motor vehicle operator's license at the time of application. Your right to operate a motor vehicle may not have been suspended or revoked within 12 months of application. You must obtain a Vermont Operator's license within six (6) months of hire date.

Criminal History - You must not have been convicted of any felonies. The right to carry a firearm shall not be revoked for any reason. You will be required to submit to a comprehensive criminal and civil background check that may include a polygraph.

Total Compensation
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.