Wildlife Conservation Officer Cadet
Employment Opportunities
Currently, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is expecting to fill approximately 30 openings for the Wildlife Conservation Officer Cadet job title. Please see the “Type of Work” section of this notice for information about the required training. When training is complete, you will be promoted to the job title of Wildlife Conservation Officer and assigned to a vacant district, to which you must be willing to relocate.
Type of Work

In March 2014, the Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to appoint a new class of Wildlife Conservation Officer Cadets at their Training School in Harrisburg. The training will last approximately 50 weeks. It includes both classroom instruction and field assignments. Cadets learn to enforce laws and regulations, prosecute violators, conduct wildlife surveys, supervise Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officers, conduct educational classes and lectures (including Hunter/Trapper Education), supervise habitat management activities, etc. Classroom subject matter includes wildlife management, game laws and regulations, law enforcement principles and methods, public relations, land management, and natural history of wildlife. Field assignments give cadets the opportunity to apply the principles covered in the classroom. During field assignments, cadets work under the supervision of experienced Wildlife Conservation Officers, who monitor the cadets’ continued progress toward completion of the entire program. Performance in all stages of training is reviewed through written examinations, formal inspections, and individual evaluations.

The training is conducted under close supervision, in accordance with policies and procedures established by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Failure to abide by or conform to these policies and procedures during the training period will be considered sufficient reason for dismissal.

The Game Commission’s Training School is located in Harrisburg (Dauphin County).

For the most recent information on job opportunities, please contact:
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Personnel Services Office
2001 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797
Phone: (717) 787-7836
Web site: www.pgc.state.pa.us


Comprehensive health insurance; liberal retirement/pension plan; paid vacation, personal and sick leave; paid holidays; prescription, vision and dental plan coverage (after six months); paid group life insurance, and much more.
Pennsylvania residency is required at the time of application for these positions. 
Click here to view detailed test announcement which includes eligibility requirements.