Notification of Game Warden Recruitment
(Law Enforcement Officer II)
|Geographic Areas||Duty Stations*|
|Smith Mountain Lake:||Counties of Franklin (2), Roanoke, and Patrick|
|Lake Anna:||County of Louisa|
|Shenandoah Valley:||Counties of Alleghany, Highland, Madison, and Rockingham|
|Tidewater:||City of Virginia Beach, Counties of Accomack or Northampton, and James City|
|Northern Neck:||Counties of Essex and Westmoreland|
|Richmond Metro:||Counties of Chesterfield (2) and Henrico (2)|
|Central Virginia:||County of King William|
|Northern Virginia:||Counties of Fauquier (2) and Stafford|
|South East Virginia:||County of Sussex|
* Applicants will specify their preferred duty station locations when they apply for a Game Warden position.
Expected Hiring Range:
$30,146** - $40,095
** Starting salary is dependent on job-related salary history. Selected candidates whose starting salary is less than $32,956 may be eligible for a salary increase to that level after successfully completing their probationary period.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Enforces fish, wildlife, and boating laws and regulations by exercising general law enforcement powers with statewide jurisdiction. Promotes safety and conservation through outdoor education programs for youth and adults. Patrols assigned areas in vehicles and boats, detects law violations, conducts investigations, apprehends and arrests violators, prepares cases for trial, and presents findings in court. Informs and educates the public about wildlife resources, recreational opportunities, and department programs and facilities during law enforcement patrols and through public relations programs. Investigates landowner complaints concerning wildlife damage and provides solutions consistent with wildlife management practices. Maintains department-issued equipment. Records daily activities and completes required reports. Develops effective relationships within the community and with local, state, and federal agencies to ensure that the department's mission is accomplished.
Some knowledge of law enforcement procedures applicable to wildlife management and boating programs. Ability to plan and perform enforcement and educational activities; conduct thorough investigations; collect and preserve evidence; provide legally relevant courtroom testimony; understand laws and regulations; comply with agency procedures; effect a forcible arrest; communicate effectively; work cooperatively with agency staff; and deal courteously and tactfully with the public. Demonstrated ability to meet the physical demands of the job, including the ability to swim and tread water unassisted.
A high school diploma or equivalent and one year of post-secondary training; possession of, or eligibility for, a valid Virginia driver's license and a safe driving history; at least 20/100 binocular vision, correctable to 20/20 with no job-related color deficiency; and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Ability to hear normal frequencies of 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 hertz at a pure tone level of 25 decibels or less and no greater than 45 decibels at 4000 and 6000 hertz as verified by an audiometer test. Applicants must be willing to work rotating schedules and weekends, and must be 21 years old by the date of employment.
Medical, psychological, and polygraph examinations will be conducted as a part of the selection process. Additionally, candidates for employment must be able to successfully complete a background investigation that will include educational achievements, prior work experience, character and reputation, credit history, and a finger-print based criminal history record check. Federal law prohibits a person convicted of a "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" from carrying a firearm [Title 18, U.S. Code, section 922(g)(9)].
Applicants hired without police officer certification from, or approved by, the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services will receive basic training at department expense subject to the provisions of a tuition reimbursement agreement. Successful completion of basic training is necessary to meet law enforcement standards established in the Code of Virginia. At the completion of basic training, a game warden must also demonstrate working skill in the safe and effective use of automobiles, watercraft, communication equipment, and firearms.
Selected candidates will be required to complete successfully one-year of probationary employment during which they must demonstrate a working knowledge of criminal laws, rules of evidence, lawful search and seizure, court rulings, opinions of the Attorney General, and law enforcement practices as they apply to the enforcement of fish, wildlife, and boat laws and regulations.
Residence Requirements: Selected candidates must establish and physically occupy on a regular basis a residence that is within the jurisdictional boundaries of the duty station, or at a location in a county or city contiguous to the duty station that is:
- within 15 air miles of the jurisdictional boundary of the duty station,
- within the Commonwealth of Virginia, and
- not in excess of 30 minutes actual drive time, at posted highway speeds, from the residence to the jurisdictional boundary of the duty station
MUST APPLY ONLINE AT jobs.agencies.virginia.gov, NO LATER THAN 5:00 PM ON APRIL 2, 2007.
For additional information contact Senior Officer Mike Hill at (804) 367-DGIF.
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