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August 25, 2005


Fish and Game Seeks Conservation Officer Trainees

CONCORD, N.H. -- If you've thought about becoming a New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officer (CO), this fall may be your chance to try for it. Fish and Game is establishing a new register of names to be used for staffing current and future Conservation Officer Trainee vacancies. The closing date for filing an application is September 23, 2005.

The selection process includes a written examination, a physical agility test and an oral board exam. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by October 17, 2005. Find out more about necessary qualifications by clicking here to view the job description.

"Being a Conservation Officer is a challenging job that calls for an in-depth understanding of wildlife, expert knowledge of hunting and fishing skills and laws, a high level of physical fitness and excellent 'people skills'," said Col. Jeffrey Gray, Chief of Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division. "Whether they're conducting a wildlife crime scene investigation, teaching a hunter education class, or helping to stock fish, COs play a vital role in enforcing state wildlife laws and keeping conditions favorable for fish and wildlife throughout the state."

If selected, Conservation Officer Trainees gain experience working with Field Training Officers in every district of the state during the first year of their job. If they successfully complete the yearlong trainee program, they are then assigned to a permanent patrol area within the state.

Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division is responsible for the enforcement of all laws, rules and regulations pertaining to fish and wildlife. Conservation Officers prosecute all of their own cases involving offenders of wildlife law. They also are responsible for search and rescue operations and for enforcing off-highway recreational vehicle regulations.

Candidates must submit a State of New Hampshire Application for Employment, available from the New Hampshire Division of Personnel at http://www.nh.gov/hr, from the N.H. Fish and Game Department, or from any local office of New Hampshire Employment Security.

For more information on the CO Trainee program, please call the New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division at (603) 271-3127.

The Fish and Game Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.

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