Fish and Game Warden

Earnings Potential

Fish and game wardens make $2947-$3515 monthly if you are in "Range A" and for "Range B" $3515-4221. Entry-level employees earn an average of $33,990 annually, while experience employees can earn $51,300 annually.  

Facts at a glance

  • Fish and Game Wardens design and implements control measures to work against any damage caused by wildlife or people.
  • Fish and Game Wardens also seize any equipment used illegally against fish, serve warrants and make arrests.
  • They also provide protection and preserve wildlife, plants, ecosystems, and provide information to park visitors.
  • Fish and Game Wardens normally work 40 hours a week, communicate by phone or email, and may work day, night, and weekend shifts.

Summary of what this career entails

Individuals who want to become Fish and Game Wardens manage people, time, and things. They have to be able to express ideas clearly when speaking or writing, listen to others, and be able to work with tools and equipment for the job. They would also need to work individually and make decisions and try ideas on their own.

Examples and or details of work

Fish and game wardens enforce fishing, hunting, and boating laws. They patrol hunting and fishing areas, conduct search and rescue operations, investigate complaints and accidents, and aid in prosecuting court cases. They also endure physical demands like sitting for long periods of time, using muscles for extended periods of time without getting tired and using muscle to pull, push or carry heavy things.

Degrees that lead to this career

The minimal level of education an individual can receive is an associate’s degree and employers prefer to hire individuals with at least two years of education. Some of the degrees individuals may attain include:

  • A.S. in Geography
  • A.S. in Biology
  • A.S in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Biology
  • B.S. in Geography

Specific Career openings in this field

Some of the positions that can be available for individuals who want a career as a Fish and Game Warden include fishing warden, game and fish protector, game protector, guard range, mammal control agent, park guard, park warden, wildlife officer, woods warden, and wildlife control agent.

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Police and Detectives, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos160.htm.

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