Law Enforcement Officer Position

Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife - Fish and Wildlife Officer



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Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife - Fish and Wildlife Officer

Last updated on November 24, 2021
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancies: 20

Testing Deadline: March 05, 2022.

Important Information

We are currently hiring! Make sure that your Personal History Statement is complete (DETAILED) when submitted.

Entry level applicants must have:

Two years of college coursework (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) in any discipline
Three years paid, full-time natural resource experience
Three years active duty military service

Please review our updated disqualifiers at

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We are looking for exceptionally qualified candidates who meet our minimum eligibility requirements, and are passionate about protecting Washington's fish and wildlife populations.

Exceptionally qualified applicants will not only meet or exceed our minimum qualifications, but will also have an extensive background in hunting and/or fishing, a clear understanding of our highly specialized brand of law enforcement, and a strong desire to protect Washington’s fish and wildlife species for future generations to enjoy. Exceptional candidates will also be able to provide examples of how they exemplify the WDFW Police core values (Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy) in both their personal and professional lives.

Duty stations are assigned upon completion of the entire hiring process, prior to entering the Academy. If you have obligations that preclude you from moving to your assigned duty station, please do not apply.*

*Please pay close attention to the minimum requirements and disqualifiers before applying for a Fish and Wildlife Police Officer position. There are no exceptions granted for minimum requirements and/or automatic disqualifiers.

Community Information

Washington State boasts lush rainforests, majestic mountain ranges, freshwater lakes, a rugged coastline, rolling hills, alpine meadows, high desert, and winding rivers – a diverse landscape that is home to nearly seven million people and a variety of fish and wildlife species. Land this rich in natural beauty and habitat is ideal for those seeking outdoor recreational opportunities. Most Washingtonians and many visitors enjoy participating in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, clam digging, boating, and wildlife watching, on both public and private lands throughout the state.

Although Washington’s recreating public tends to have the most contact with our Officers, Fish and Wildlife Police Officers are deployed statewide in both rural and urban areas to enforce all Washington State laws (including criminal code, traffic laws, etc.), fish and wildlife regulations, and specific federal laws.

Department Information


The mission of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police is to protect our natural resources and the public we serve. We currently have over 140 Fish and Wildlife Police Officers (FWOs) deployed statewide to meet this mission.


Our Officers are fully commissioned, general-authority peace officers who enforce all Washington State laws (including criminal code, traffic laws, etc.), fish and wildlife regulations, and specific federal regulations. All Fish and Wildlife Police Officers must complete the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at the Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien, before they can become a fully commissioned law enforcement officer.


For a better idea of what our officers do, please watch this short video: WDFW Police: A Force of Nature


Area Information

County: N/A
Population: N/A
# of Staff:

Hiring Status

Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife - Fish and Wildlife Officer has 20 vacancies.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is March 05, 2022.

Update as of 11/23/2021.

We are currently hiring!  2022 Projected interview panels: March 29-31, testing cutoff March 5th. June 7-9, testing cutoff May 21st. September 20-22, testing cutoff September 1st.  December 6-8, testing cutoff November 19th. Make sure that your Personal History Statement is complete (DETAILED) when submitted.

Salary Information

Fish and Wildlife Officer 1:  $4,974 - $6,534 per month

*All entry level officers begin at Step A of the pay scale.*


Benefit Information

Benefits include a flexible work schedule, paid vacation and sick leave, military leave, 11 paid holidays, excellent health, life, and long term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and a state retirement plan (LEOFF 2).

Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife - Fish and Wildlife Officer Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) Yes, required

Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.

Minimum Age 21
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
College Requirement Two years college coursework ( 60 semester or 90 quarter credits) in any discipline, OR three years of paid full-time, natural resource experience OR three years honorable Active Duty Military Service.

If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination.  Governor Inslee enacted Proclamation 21-14 which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given.

Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife - Fish and Wildlife Officer Disqualifiers

The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic DUI within five years. Also includes reduced charges (e.g. negligent driving).
Automatic Pattern of traffic violations and/or auto accidents in the past five years or while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Applicant's driving record.
Drug Usage
Automatic Use of marijuana in the last 12 months.
Automatic Illegal drug use other than marijuana in the last 3 years, unless there was an immediate, emergency medical circumstance to justify the use of a prescription controlled substance not prescribed to the person.
Automatic Illegal drug use while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Manufacture, sale, transporting for sale, or facilitating the sale of illegal drugs (unless under 21 at the time AND the act occurred more than 10 years from the date of application).
Potential Pattern or history of drug use.
Potential Illegal drug use while serving in the military.
Potential Note:
Illegal drugs are those controlled substances listed in drug schedules 1-5 derived from RCW 69.50.204, RCW 69.50.206, RCW 69.50.208, RCW 69.50.210 and RCW 69.50.212

Possession is defined as having actual physical control of any illegal (non-prescribed) drug for personal use or otherwise.

Use is defined as trying, testing, or experimenting, which includes, but is not limited to tasting, smoking, injecting, absorbing, sniffing, or inhaling.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any felony conviction.
Automatic Any criminal conviction while employed as a criminal justice professional.
Automatic Conviction for any crime under a domestic violence statute.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions.
Potential Pattern of Fish and Wildlife and/or natural resource violations.
Automatic Dishonorable discharge from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Falsification of the application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Automatic Previous revocation or denial of any CJTC/POST certified status, or suspension of current CJTC/POST certified status.
Automatic Any termination or resignation in lieu of termination, from a law enforcement agency.
Potential Any termination or resignation in lieu of termination, from any job.
Potential Substandard performance evaluations.
Potential Civil litigation while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts in collection or unresolved accounts in collection.
Automatic Any conduct or pattern of behavior that would tend to disrupt, diminish or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession.
Automatic No Personal History Statement.
Potential Candidates with any tattoos that are deemed offensive may be disqualified.
Potential Incomplete Personal History Statement, or inaccurate/outdated information provided in Personal History Statement.
Potential Pattern of fish and wildlife violations.

Contact Information

Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife - Fish and Wildlife Officer

1111 Washington ST SE
Olympia, WA 98501 N/A County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: Yes, required

Other Washington State Dept. of Fish & Wildlife positions

Communications Officer/Dispatcher
Lateral Fish and Wildlife Officer

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