- Use your degree in a job you’ll love
- Work outdoors
- Promotional opportunities
- Outstanding benefits packages
- Stable salary
- Professional development training
- Paid time off and sick leave
- Statewide transfer opportunities
Today’s District Wildlife Manager is the “game warden” of yesterday . . . and a whole lot more. The present-day wildlife officer does much more than check licenses and enforce hunting regulations. A District Wildlife Manager (DWM) is one of the “public faces” of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the person the public is most likely to meet and work with. DWMs live in the communities where they work. They enforce the laws and manage wildlife in the field, but also work with school kids, deal with human-wildlife conflicts, make presentations to groups, offer customer service and get involved in their communities in many ways. This is an entry level position with a competitive starting salary, plus standard state employment benefits.
Work Schedule - District Wildlife Managers are wildlife professionals dedicated to law enforcement, customer service, and wildlife management. Most wildlife species are active at dawn and dusk, and hunters, anglers, and other wildlife enthusiasts participate in wildlife recreation during those times and on weekends and holidays. District Wildlife Managers work long hours. You will hear many District Wildlife Managers describe their careers as a “dream job”, because they’re working for wildlife. The work is never boring, and there is no “typical day” for a District Wildlife Manager.
Promotional Opportunities – Career advancement is within your reach. There are 135 District Wildlife Managers, 18 Area Wildlife Managers, 4 Assistant Regional Managers, and 4 Regional Managers. District Wildlife Managers have been promoted to positions in education, wildlife biology, aquatic biology, conservation biology and management. Promotions are based on merit, and not seniority. When pursuing promotions, it is often to your advantage to be willing to relocate.
Education you will need
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in agronomy, animal science, biology, environmental science, fisheries/wildlife biology, conservation biology, forestry, forest management, natural resource management, range management, range science, agricultural science, zoology, ecology, taxonomy, ichthyology or a closely related field.
Law Enforcement – District Wildlife Managers are certified Peace Officers in the State of Colorado. You will need to successfully pass a background check in order to be hired.
People Skills – Wildlife management is sometimes described as people management. A large part of the job is interacting with hunters, anglers, other wildlife recreationists, and the general public on a daily basis. You will need good public speaking and conflict resolution skills, and to be comfortable interacting with people of all ages, viewpoints, and backgrounds.
How to Apply
Every May, Colorado Parks and Wildlife announces job openings for District Wildlife Managers. The job announcement and application forms can be downloaded from the Jobs page each May.
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