A conservation officer has to get through some pretty intense training.
Years ago, I wanted to be conservation officer. I went to school for criminal justice and even worked in law enforcement for some time right out of school trying to get my foot in the door. I did several ride alongs with one conservation officer in particular that constantly advised me not to take the job. In the end, I listened to her and didn’t pursue the field any longer.
After watching this below video of what their academy is like, it might make you reconsider for your own reasons as well.
As you can see, this training is pretty intense. I loved that aspect of it. Running the 10 miles to signify the end of basic training was something I trained for and was ready to do. So you might be asking yourself why I didn’t go for it and just stayed with the city police. Well, that’s sort of interesting.
The CO I got to know told me flat out that my love for hunting and fishing would take a serious hit once I was sworn in to protect it everyday. My days off would be spent inside instead of out and the Great Outdoors would just be different from that point forward. I know it may not be like that for all conservation officers, but I didn’t want to take any chances.
So, I passed and never tried out. Looking back at it now, I’m still glad I didn’t.