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Old 04-29-2023, 04:18 PM   #1
Martin Nowak
Game Warden Job Requirements – Selected States

This seemed like an appropriate forum for the topic.

I am providing a few links to job requirements for fish and game wardens in several states. Each state varies somewhat in requirements and readers interested will need to Google their states’ job requirements. Reptile keepers (and anyone participating in outdoor activities) needs to reflect on the job qualifications considering that game wardens are sworn LEOs, carry weapons, and generally have arrest powers. Note that many states require a psychological evaluation. Educational standards also vary for job entry. These links do not address what may be required for maintaining the job such as physical, psychological, educational, infractions, complaints, behavioral, and other requirements.

When examining game warden job qualifications, one should also review the “Mission, Vision, Values” of each state’s Game and Fish Commission or Department of Conservation. These “characteristics” of the agency should guide actions and behaviors of employees. An example here would be Alabama. Alabama’s government entity is titled “Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources”. Alabama’s State Insect is the Monarch Butterfly. Monarchs are IUCN Red List as Endangered and will be so designated by the U.S. in 2024. Virtually every state that contains monarchs (either native or migratory) has funding and activity to protect this magnificent insect. Despite Alabama’s “Conservation” title, the state has no budget and no activities to protect the monarch butterfly even though the insect migrates through Alabama twice annually. Finally, when examining factors related to boots on the ground game wardens, one should also look at leadership of the state's department. Examine leadership qualifications and actual credentials of the leaders. The top position is usually termed “Commissioner”.


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Old 04-30-2023, 05:15 PM   #3
The leadership of these organizations sets the tone. The Florida Wildlife Commission is run by 7 commissioners. One would think them to be scientists, biologists, forestry managers, etc, BUT…… it’s 6 real estate developers and 1 VP of the dirtiest, most fined power plant in FL. One owns & operates oil wells in the Everglades.
Old 04-30-2023, 05:39 PM   #4
Martin Nowak
Link to the Florida Wildlife Commission members.

One must note that there is an infrastructure of employees as well.
In Florida, there is an executive director and central office support staff. There is an organization with many layers to "manage" all the employees, divisions, and geography.
Thomas Eason, PhD is the Acting Executive Director in Florida.

As several have noted, the commissioners / advisory boards are actually shills for big business, particularly those that harm the environment. And most are self serving in terms of their day jobs and financial colleagues.

Most states have similar organization structures. Paid state employee staff - your tax dollars. Plus, an "advisory" committee of "Commissioners" (FL) or "Advisory Board" (AL).
Some states like Alabama have very direct little tax support and rely on revenue from fishing license, hunting license, fines, and grants. As hunting has been declining and fishing of less interest to younger generations, many of the states' game and fish departments do not have enough revenue "to do what they want to do" ... much less "what they need to do". A response therefore is to simply outlaw activities or make permitting very costly. And, every state game and fish department relies heavily on a university - usually a single favored university - to provide opinions and often draft regulations. Now these universities also do a lot positive in terms of research - but as the group knows all too well - university biologists generally do not seek or accept friendship of reptile keepers.
Old 05-04-2023, 11:11 AM   #5
Most applying to become F & G officers are doing so because they don't have the balls to try and become real cops and deal with real criminals.
Old 05-04-2023, 01:29 PM   #6
That would be an interesting statistic to see how many got rejected or canned from a real PD.
Old 05-21-2023, 09:23 PM   #7
I don’t think you’ll find many here interested in showing authority to mom and dads, or the kids.
Might want to head over to and see if it gets their jolly’s off.

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