MICHIGAN DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES
525 WEST ALLEGAN ST.
LANSING, MICHIGAN 48933
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Updated: August 25, 2022
Classification: Conservation Officer Recruit 10 and Probationary Conservation Officer 10
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division is currently building an eligibility list for the position of Conservation Officer Recruit 10 and Probationary Conservation Officer 10.
Candidates must complete and pass the Frontline National test (Entry-level law enforcement exam), and the MCOLES physical fitness test before submitting their application.
Full application instructions can be found on the following website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/michigan
Salary: $17.87 - $33.05 Hourly
Benefits Information: Health, Vision, Dental, 401k match retirement, life insurance, and other benefits
Department Overview: Conservation officers (COs) are responsible for enforcing laws and regulations under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Stationed in nearly every county of the state, these fully licensed peace officers enforce laws related to fish and wildlife, state parks, trails and forests, and outdoor recreation activities such as off-road vehicle use, snowmobiling, and boating. They are also first responders to a variety of natural disasters and emergencies.
Age: 20; 21 by academy graduation
Citizenship Required: Yes
High School Grad/GED: Yes
Valid MICHIGAN Driver's License: Yes, Valid in any state
Vision: To view licensing standards for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers, please visit: https://www.michigan.gov/mcoles
College: Preferred but not required
Academy Certification: Only required if applying for the Probationary Conservation Officer position
Schooling Prior and Post Hiring : Licensed/License Eligible– A seven-week academy for experienced recruits who are MCOLES licensed or eligible to be licensed by having completed an MCOLES approved basic law enforcement training academy or are eligible for a MCOLES license based on recognition of prior training and experience. Recruits will learn and develop the knowledge and abilities required to function as a conservation officer. Responsibilities include learning how to enforce the laws, rules, and orders relating to natural resources and environmental protection. Learn how to operate watercraft, snowmobiles, off-road vehicles (ORV's), and patrol vehicles, while maintaining them in good working condition. Learn how to take part in departmental programs such as recreation and hunter safety.
Entry-Level Recruits – An 18-week academy for basic entry-level recruits who have never been eligible for a MCOLES license. Recruits will receive additional training to develop and learn the knowledge and abilities required to function as a conservation officer. Responsibilities include learning how to enforce the laws, rules, and orders relating to natural resources, environmental protection, and general criminal law. Learn to check licenses, permits, and species of fish and wildlife. Learn how to investigate complaints. Learn how to issue citations and make arrests for natural resources and criminal violations. Learn the correct procedure when contacting prosecutors and judges, serving warrants, and appearing and testifying in court. Learn how to complete and submit reports, maintain records and files, and respond to public inquiries. Learn how to operate watercraft, snowmobiles, off-road vehicles (ORV's), and patrol vehicles, while maintaining them in good working condition. Learn to attend meetings and take part in departmental programs. Learn to ensure the availability of and how to teach all recreation safety classes. Learn when and how to provide assistance to other law enforcement agencies. Learn to enforce statutes and regulations that relate directly to public safety. Entry level recruits must pass the MDNR-LED academy with a 70% or higher rating, including all scenarios and mandatory training events. Applicants must also pass the MCOLES licensing exam for law enforcement officers in the State of Michigan.
Hiring Process : The hiring and training process has several steps, including a written examination, application, physical fitness test, pre-screening interview, in-depth background investigation, final interview, psychological assessment and medical evaluation. Successful candidates are hired and then begin training. Training consists of a conservation officer academy that runs more than 18 weeks, followed by field training and specialized training in the areas of marine, off-road vehicle, fish and game, and waterfowl enforcement.
Specific Disqualifiers/Behaviors: Criminal Activity Disqualifiers
Any Felonies including Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) convictions. Any domestic violence arrests or any integrity crimes such as retail fraud, larceny or theft. To view licensing standards, including disqualifying crimes, for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers, please visit: https://www.michigan.gov/mcoles
Convictions for Operating while impaired, revoked or suspended within 3 years; accumulation of 8 points on driving record or convictions of 3 moving violations within a 3 year of application. A pattern of driving convictions or traffic crashes.
Drug Use Disqualifiers
Any Felony drug arrest or conviction. Other drug use or possession disqualifiers on a case-by-case basis. See additional MCOLES drug specific disqualifiers at https://www.michigan.gov/mcoles
Unfavorable employment history, reprimands, suspensions, or
resignations in lieu of discipline will be considered on a
case-by-case basis and may be cause for disqualification.
Bankruptcy within 3 years, history of civil judgments, collections or
non-payment. Foreclosure, rental evictions, and other financial histories
will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Less than honorable or dishonorable discharge from the US Armed