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Fish And Game Warden Career

Career Description

A Fish and Game Warden patrols assigned area to prevent fish and game law violations. They investigate reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife.

Common Work Tasks

  • Enforce fishing, hunting, and boating laws
  • Patrol hunting and fishing areas, conduct search and rescue operations, investigate complaints and accidents, and aid in prosecuting court cases
  • Patrol assigned areas by car, boat, airplane,  horse, or on foot, to enforce game, fish, or boating laws and to manage wildlife programs, lakes, or land
  • Investigate hunting accidents and reports of fish and game law violations, and issue warnings or citations and file reports as necessary
  • Serve warrants, make arrests, and compile and present evidence for court actions
  • Protect and preserve native wildlife, plants,  and ecosystems
  • Promote and provide hunter and trapper safety training
  • Seize equipment used in fish and game law violations, and arrange for disposition of fish or game illegally taken or possessed
  • Provide assistance to other local law enforcement agencies as required
  • Address schools, civic groups, sporting clubs,  and the media to disseminate information concerning wildlife conservation and regulations

Other Job Titles

Fish and Game Wardens are also known by other titles,  including:

  • Park Rangers
  • Police Officers
  • Detectives
  • Protective Service Workers

Education,  Training, and Experience

Education and Training
  Fish and game wardens must meet specific requirements. Most States require at least 2 years of college study. Once hired, fish and game wardens attend a training academy lasting from 3 to 12 months, sometimes followed by further training in the field.

      Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 20 years old, and must meet rigorous physical and personal qualifications. Physical examinations for entrance into law enforcement often include tests of vision, hearing, strength, and agility.  Eligibility for appointment usually depends on performance in competitive written examinations and previous education and experience.


The median annual salary for a Fish and Game Warden is $48,000. The top 10 percent earn more than $82,000, and the lowest 10 percent earn less than $30,000.  Median earnings in the industries employing the largest number of fish and game wardens are:

  • State Government- $72,820
  • Local Government  - $73,890
  • Federal Executive Branch  -  $85,760

Job Outlook

  • 2006-2016 Employment growth:  0%
  • Number of new jobs created 2006-2016: 0
  • Employment 2006 : 8,000
  • Employment 2016:  8,000
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