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Nebraska Conservation Officer Career

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking to add new conservation officers! Conservation Officers have the very important job of protecting our natural resources and helping keep the people who use our state parks and other public lands safe through the enforcement of fish, wildlife, boating, and park laws. As state peace officers, conservation officers also enforce other criminal and traffic laws on lands owned by the Game and Parks Commission and elsewhere throughout the state. Conservation officers also conduct a variety of education and wildlife management duties. The current application period has been extended through Aug. 26, 2019.

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Duties

Law Enforcement: Conservation officers patrol an assigned territory to enforce fish, wildlife, boating, and parks laws. Conservation officers also enforce other criminal and traffic laws as necessary. Specifically, officers are responsible for apprehending and processing boating under the influence violators; gathering evidence to prosecute big game poachers; serving arrest and search warrants to prosecute major fish and wildlife commercialization crimes; conducting general patrols via four-wheel drive vehicle, boat, personal watercraft, ATV, etc. Conservation Officers are also frequently called upon to assist other law enforcement agencies with search, rescue and recovery operations, missing persons, stranded motorists, homeland security efforts, traffic, etc.

Education: Conservation officers conduct hunter safety and boating safety courses; participate in public relations functions and educational programs. Officers frequently organize and assist with youth mentor outdoor activities, exhibits, sport shows, and fairs.

Wildlife Management: Conservation officers investigate wildlife depredation complaints and work with landowners to obtain cooperation and support for sound wildlife management practices. Officers also assist with fish and wildlife surveys and investigating the causes of fish kills. Some of the duties include assisting fisheries staff while aboard fish shocking boats, setting lines for the endangered pallid sturgeon, and netting northern pike.

Conservation Officer Lifestyle: Conservation officers often work alone in remote areas and in all weather conditions. Officers work out of their homes and have two weekdays regularly assigned off during the week. Although conservation officers work most weekends and major holidays, they often find that they have a very flexible schedule. Instead of a traditional “40-hour” work week, officers work 160 hours within a 28-day work period. In addition, conservation officers accrue paid-time off and have a generous benefits package.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Age 21 before completion of the training program
  • Citizen of the United States
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver’s License; must have NE Driver’s License to begin training academy
  • Able to read, write, and understand the English language at the eleventh grade level as demonstrated by the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
  • Possess good character as determined by a thorough background investigation to include but not limited to consideration of the following:
    • Not convicted or has been pardoned of a crime punishable by imprisonment in a penitentiary for a term of one year or more, including convictions of Class 1 Misdemeanors
    • Not been convicted of driving while intoxicated or under the influence in the two years immediately preceding admission
    • Has not received a punitive discharge from the United States Armed Forces
    • Has not been denied certification status, had certification revoked or currently suspended in this state or another jurisdiction
    • Not been convicted of any crime involving the threat or actual use of physical violence that would constitute a Class I misdemeanor in this state
    • Not been convicted of any crime involving the threat of or actual sexual assault or abuse
    • Not convicted of any crime of physical violence or sexual abuse against a child or children
    • Not convicted of a crime of domestic violence as defined in the United States Code, 18 USC 922(g)(9), that would disqualify from possessing a firearm
    • Not subject to an order of protection that would disqualify from possessing a firearm under the provisions of United States Code, USC 922(g)(8)
    • Does not have a past indicative of incompetence, or neglect of duty
    • Does not have a past indicative of physical, mental or emotional incapacity
    • Has not been adjudged or convicted of criminal violations with such frequency so as to indicate a disrespect for the law and rights of others
    • Has not been adjudged or convicted of traffic violations with such frequency so as to indicate a disrespect for traffic laws and disregard for the safety of others within the past three years
  • Does not have a pattern of substance abuse

    • Has not used marijuana for any purpose in the two years preceding application
    • Not used illegal drugs or narcotics other than marijuana in the five years preceding application

    Nebraska Law Enforcement Certification Standards

    Nebraska Law Enforcement Entrance Physical Standards

    Note: Questions concerning the law enforcement certification standards for the State of Nebraska should be directed to the Nebraska Law Enforcement training Center at 308-385-6030 or nletc.nebraska.gov. All other questions regarding the Nebraska Conservation Officer hiring process may be directed to Travis Shepler at 402-471-8324 or travis.shepler@nebraska.gov.

    Anticipated Hiring Process Timeline

    This timeline is subject to change.

    • 7/1/2019 – 8/4/2019: Application Period
    • 9/7/2019 – 9/8/2019: Testing in Grand Island, NE (Wildlife, TABE, physical fitness, etc.)
    • Week of September 30, 2019: Interviews in Lincoln, NE
    • 10/7/2019 – 10/11/2019: Conditional Offers
    • 10/14/2019 – 11/29/2019: Background Investigations
    • 1/5/2020 – 4/17/2020: Nebraska Law Enforcement Academy Begins
    • 4/20/2020 – 8/7/28/2020: Conservation Officer Field Training