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Title:  Trooper - Probationary

Application Deadline Date:  Continuous
Req ID:  10846
Department:  Public Safety

Statewide, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $21.56


The Vermont State Police is the largest police agency in the State of Vermont and provides full police services to the citizens and visitors of this State.

The Vermont State Police offers a competitive salary, pension plan and benefits package. Our careers offer job diversity, opportunity for advancement and gratification from helping others. Recruit classes begin in January and July and we expect to fill upcoming classes for at least the next several years.

For more information or to connect directly with a recruiter, email DPS.VSPRecruiting@vermont.gov or call 802-483-2606.  Details  and videos about our jobs are also available on the Vermont State Police website. On Twitter, follow us @join802VSP

Who May Apply

This Trooper Probationary position (Job Requisition #10846) is open to all State employees and external applicants.

To apply for this position, you must complete the State of Vermont Online Application.

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Copies of the following documents must be submitted separately by email to Theresa.Murdock@vermont.gov OR to the mailing address below. Your application will not be considered complete without these documents.

  • Birth certificate, Social Security card, or other documentation of authorization to work in the United States
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Driver's license, if applicable
  • Military separation papers, if applicable

Mailing Address:
Recruiting & Training
Vermont State Police
Office of Professional Development/Training Division
317 Academy Road - West Cottage
Pittsford, VT 05763


Following receipt of your completed State of Vermont online application, you will be notified in writing of the testing date, time and location.  The complete testing process normally requires five (5) trips to Vermont testing sites.

For details on the Applicant Testing process, including upcoming test dates and application deadlines, visit the Vermont State Police website.

Beginning September 15, 2021, State of Vermont Executive Branch employees must attest to being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or be subject to regular COVID-19 testing and masking requirements.

Class Definition

Trooper (Probationary) is an entry level position that consists of training and law enforcement duties within an assigned area for the Vermont State Police. Duties include participating in and successfully completing a prescribed formal course of studies at the Vermont Police Academy and a period of on-the-job training conducted by the Vermont State Police. Close supervision is provided by a higher ranking State Police Officer during the early period of training. Supervision moderates as an incumbent acquires skill and experience. Promotion to the rank of Trooper is automatic upon successful completion of all required training courses, Field Training program and a fully satisfactory rating at the end of the on-the-job training/ probationary period.

Environmental Factors

Training Academy work is performed in classroom and field situations, and includes a program of physical fitness training. Field duties are usually performed in a motor vehicle during an assigned shift of duty in all types of weather. Duties may require evening, night, weekend and other irregular duty hours and significant overtime duty. Exposure to danger may occur in a variety of ways. Attendance at meetings, court hearings, and seminars may be required. Incumbents will be required to wear a uniform and carry firearms during duty shifts. Emergency needs and Department priorities may result in interruption and/or cancellation of days off.

Minimum Qualifications

Education - High School diploma or equivalent.

Basic requirements for admission to the Vermont State Police include:

Age - Minimum 20 years old to apply and begin the testing selection process. You must wait until your 20th birthday to apply. We have mandatory retirement at age 55.

Vision- Applicants must have satisfactory depth perception, no marked muscle imbalance, and have a satisfactory visual field. The applicant must have uncorrected vision not worse than 20/200 (Snellen) and corrected 20/20 in one eye and not worse than 20/40 in the other eye. Contact lens wearers must have 20/20 corrected vision and have worn contact lenses successfully for a minimum of one year. If an applicant has had laser eye corrective surgery and meets the above criteria, a six month waiting period is required before beginning the Academy. All candidates must pass a color vision test.

Hearing - Normal

Health - Mental and physical condition appropriate to successfully perform with reasonable accommodation, the essential job functions for this position.

Selective Service System - Applicants must be in compliance with all applicable Selective Service requirements.

Military - Not required. However, if military service has been performed, an honorable discharge or separation must have been obtained.

Residency - Applicants must bear the expense of travel to Vermont for multiple stages in the hiring process. Vermont residency is required upon graduation from the academy. Must provide birth certificate, Social Security card, or other documentation of authorization to work in the United States.

Driver's License - Must possess or be eligible to obtain a valid motor vehicle license at the time of application. Your right to operate must not have been suspended or revoked within twelve months of application. You must obtain a Vermont operator's license upon graduation from the Academy.

Physical Requirements - Must pass physical fitness testing to proceed with the hiring process. Minimum fitness standards for recruits are published on the Vermont State Police website.

Criminal History - You must not have been convicted of any felonies. The right to carry a firearm shall not be revoked for any reason.

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 celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.