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The NH Fish and Game Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Conservation Officer Trainee (Position # 18311), for the purpose of establishing a register to be used in staffing current and future vacancies in the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Conservation Officer Trainees perform fieldwork in the development and maintenance of favorable wildlife conditions by enforcing state wildlife laws and rules.

These positions have a starting salary of : $40,268; after a successful probationary period of one year, Conservation Officer Trainees are promoted to Conservation Officer I, with a salary range of $43,576 to $57,886.

Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted to NH Fish and Game on or before Friday, December 13, 2013.

Invitations will be sent to those candidates who meet the minimum requirements.The written exam has been scheduled for January 13, 2014, in Concord, NH. The physical aptitude test will be held the very next day, Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at Colby Sawyer College in New London for those who achieve a 70% or better on the written exam. Candidates who pass the written must have a completed medical release form with them in order to participate in the physical aptitude. The medical release form will be sent with the invitation to the written exam.

To perform field work in the development and maintenance of favorable wildlife conditions by maintaining and enforcing state wildlife rules and laws.

Patrols a designated area to identify hunting and fishing code violations, to include foot patrols in remote areas and patrols via the operation of all terrain vehicles (ATV's), snowmobiles, watercraft, and other necessary equipment.

Studies and applies state laws concerning fishing and hunting regulations to investigate fish and game complaints and recommend course(s) of action.

Checks sportspersons' equipment and licenses and arrests violators of fish and game laws. Arrests may include the need to physically restrain and subdue violators using handcuffs and other restraints, to include self defense.

Questions witnesses and procures evidence; prosecutes criminal cases in district and municipal court as required.

Speaks to groups, providing information about wildlife and ecology.

Assists with search and rescue missions, administers first aid, and secures disaster areas where drownings or other accidents have occurred, to include carrying out injured or deceased individuals, often from remote and/or mountainous locations.

Maintains fish and game equipment, including firearms, boats, snow machines, traps and related items.

Other information:

Education: Associates Degree or 60 credit hours from a recognized college or technical institute.

Experience: No experience required.


Education: Completion of high school, G.E.D. or its equivalent.

Experience: Two years of full-time employment as a certified police officer in a recognized jurisdiction, or two years of experience in the military on full-time active duty with an honorable discharge may be substituted for the two years of required formal education.

License/Certification: Upon appointment, candidates must obtain a New Hampshire driver's license in compliance with the state statutes governing driver's licenses and registrations.


1. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the date of the written exam.
2. Applicants must have at least 20/40 uncorrected vision in each eye with corrected vision to 20/20 and normal color perception.
3. Applicants must possess normal hearing without the use of hearing aids.
4. For appointment consideration, the Conservation Officer Trainee selection process requires that candidates pass a written examination measuring possession of knowledge, skills and abilities identified as necessary for satisfactory job performance by this class specification. Candidates must also pass a job-related physical aptitude and agility test designed to measure the ability to perform physically demanding tasks required on the job.
5. Candidates receiving conditional offers of employment must pass a prescribed medical examination and a polygraph test.
6. Candidates must be willing to accept employment anywhere in the state.
7. Law Enforcement Officer Certification: Candidates must be able to obtain law enforcement certification within the time frame established by the NH Police Standards and Training Council, OR, be in possession of law enforcement officer certification from a recognized jurisdiction at the time of appointment.
Employees may be required to pay an agency/union fee.
NOTE: In order to receive credit for post-secondary education, a copy of official transcripts with a seal and/or a signature MUST be included with this application.  If copies of transcripts have been requested please reference this and have them forwarded to the Human Resources office at the recruiting agency.

HOW TO APPLY: These positions do not require residency in the State of New Hampshire at the time of application submittal. Candidates must submit a State of New Hampshire Application for Employment.  Candidates may apply on line by visiting; and clicking on "Employment Opportunities" and then "Employment Opportunities List" and then "online system" to access the latest information on state of NH jobs postings on (or click here to access the online jobs listing directly). You may also obtain a printed application from the New Hampshire Division of Personnel, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, or any local office of New Hampshire Employment Security.  Candidates must describe their training and experience fully on the Application for Employment. This is the information on which review of qualifications is based. Applications can be downloaded from the New Hampshire Division of Personnel website (click on "Employment Opportunities" and "Job Application Form"). Other relevant information may be found on the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s website, TDD Access: Relay in NH 1-800-735-2964. Completed applications must be submitted directly to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Human Resources Section, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, New Hampshire 03301 or email

For testing and recruitment information, please call Lt Heidi Murphy at the N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division, at (603) 271-3127 or email

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Peterson's Guide to Trees and Shrubs
Yankee Wildlife, by Hilbert R. Siegler
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Trapping North American Furbearers, by S. Stanley Hawbaker
Chapman's Piloting Seamanship and Small Boat Handling
Be Expert with Map and Compass, by Bjorn Kjellstrom

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