CONSERVATION OFFICER 3
Under general supervision of a Conservation Officer 1, or other
supervisory official, as a sworn law enforcement officer, in the
Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife, Department of Environmental
Protection, enforces all of the laws of the State of New Jersey and
Federal Government enacted for the protection and management of fish
and wildlife resources and other related environmental enforcement
activities to protect the natural resources and the health of the
public within the State in accordance with Titles 23, 39, 50, 58,
2C-Code of Criminal Justice and the Administrative Code N.J.A.C. 7:25
et. seq. l executes all processes issued for the violation of these
laws, serves subpoenas issued for the examination, investigation or
trial of all offenses against these laws, conducts environmental
inspections and investigations and collects field information to
determine compliance with the appropriate environmental laws and
regulations; exercises all the powers and duties conferred by law
while conducting regular duties; educates and informs the public
regarding the rules, laws, procedures and management practices
regarding the recreational and commercial uses of fish, game and
wildlife to ensure the protection of the environment; provides
security services for the waters, land, flora and fauna under the
guidelines for Homeland Security; does related work.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform
all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties
performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Conducts field investigations, inspections, and patrols a designated
area of the state by various means which may include motor vehicle,
boat, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), foot, etc.
Gathers data and samples following accepted scientific protocols to
provide input to division fish and wildlife biologists to develop fish
and wildlife management and research programs.
Patrols designated State Wildlife Management Areas to ensure proper
use of the area, and to protect its resources from various types of
Coordinates enforcement efforts with other officers and agencies, i.e.
Federal, State, County and municipal police departments and Park
Rangers, to deal with environmental violations that place the natural
resources and public at risk. This includes but is not limited to
Titles 23, 39, 50, 2C-Code of Criminal Justice, Administrative Code
NJAC 7:25, et. seq.
Provides information and conducts educational programs using
appropriate visual aids and materials, for various audiences
interested in the fish and wildlife resources and wildlife management
Recommends appropriate areas for the stocking of fish and game
within a patrol area.
Works with program management providing law enforcement
consultation for natural resources, interpretation and education
Recruits and conducts background investigations on applicants for
positions as Deputy Conservation Officer.
Supervises, instructs, and ensures firearms qualification and
requalification according to Police Training Commission (PTL)
standards , trains all assigned Deputy Conservation Officers in the
apprehension and prosecution of violators of the fish and game laws.
As directed, serves as instructor at the Deputy Conservation Officers
Patrols waterways, oceans, bays, rivers, lakes and streams on state
and private lands to ensure compliance with N.J.S.A. Title 23.
Conducts investigations of applicants applying for licenses and
permits for the purchase, sale, and housing of nongame and
endangered species of birds and animals, including exotic and
potentially dangerous species.
Has discretionary authority to close licensed agent accounts and
seizes records and files based upon the review of delinquent accounts
or suspect license agents, submits a report of findings.
Conducts initial and follow-up reviews of stream improvement and
land use projects with private land owners for the benefit of the hunting
and fishing public and the protection of threatened and endangered
species from unlawful land use practices.
Notifies or assists state and local public health officials, in
investigating and responding to cases of diseases in wildlife,
particularly where there is a potential danger to public health.
Investigates reports of hunter-related accidents and recommends legal
action where findings indicate negligence; serves as expert witness
for the State.
Assists the Forest Fire Service in the detection and suppression of
forest fires and the investigation in cases of suspected arson.
Prepares lesson plans and conducts instructional sessions concerning
N.J.S.A. Title 23, and other related environmental laws and
regulations for law enforcement training academies and outside
agencies, may provide training to municipal police officers and other
law enforcement personnel in responding to potentially dangerous
Takes the initiative for crash injury management, and in triaging
victims as trained, until properly relieved by authorized emergency
medical personnel, for law enforcement.
Conducts investigations of potential wrong-doing, maintains notes,
completes required reports; collects, protects and preserves ballistic
and biological evidence and ensures the chain of evidence is unbroken;
prepares affidavits and search warrants for investigations involving
illegal removal and/or possession of regulated fish and wildlife
species and other environmental violations; completes reports for
prosecution actions, follows-up on enforcement actions to ensure
Investigates reports of water pollution site, dumpsite, etc. and
preliminarily determines the type of pollution and the testing
parameters required, collects samples for the determination of
dissolved oxygen and pollutant type, preserves these samples
in accordance with standard procedures for quality assurance
according to chain of evidence protocols; conducts on-scene pH
and water temperature tests, and other tests as appropriate
according to scientific protocols; conducts joint task force pollution
operations with other law enforcement and environmental agencies
to protect critical areas of the environment.
Participates in air and sea patrols with federal agencies to
ensure compliance with laws and regulations concerning foreign
and domestic commercial fishing activities.
Conducts dockside investigations of commercial fishing vessels
and/or is assigned to ships to observe commercial harvests to
ensure compliance with Federal Conservation Management Act
permit requirements and catch limitations.
Conducts investigations, inspections and audits of individuals
involved in the harvest and sale of shellfish to ensure compliance
with Title 50 and 58 laws for a safe product, integrity of shellfish
industry and to protect the public health.
Participates in efforts for the protection and/or removal of stranded
marine mammals and endangered species.
Assists the firearms training officer in the initial firearms
qualification and subsequent quartely requalification of Conservation
Officers and Deputy Conservation Officers; completes special weapons
training to prepare and select ammunition, tranquilizers, stun
Upon deputization or certification, serves as a Deputy Game Warden
of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or as a Deputy Special Agent for
the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Reponds to nuisance wildlife complaints concerning potentially
dangerous species; responds to and investigates all Wildlife Violators
Hotline tips and reports the determination if enforcement actions are
Conducts covert investigations in the Special Investigative Unit;
conducts joint operations with other law enforcement and environmental
agencies, and assists the Special Investigative Unit with warrant
services and the issuance of summonses.
Prepares reports and correspondence for assigned field investigations
involving the fish, game and wildlife resources containing findings,
conclusions, and recommendations.
Properly cares for, uses and maintains assigned equipment.
Maintains records and files.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and information systems used by the
agency, office, or related units.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's
degree in one of the Biological Sciences, Biology, Biostatistics,
Microbiology, Natural Science, Zoology, Marine Science, Wildlife
Biology,Marine Biology, Animal Science, Botany, Physics,
Wildlife Science/Conservation, Fisheries Science, Wildlife Management,
Conservation Law Enforcement, Ecology,Natural Resource Management,
Environmental Studies or Environmental Science. The Bachelor's degree
must include or be supplemented by twenty-four (24) semester hour
credits in any combination of the following areas: Fisheries Science,
Wildlife Science, Ecology, Natural Resource Management or
NOTE: A Bachelor degree in Environmental Education, Parks
and Recreation or Criminal Justice supplemented by thirty (30)
semester hour credits in any combination of the subject areas
indicated above will be considered acceptable.
One (1) year of experience in law enforcement, environmental
enforcement activities, wildlife science, fisheries science, or
Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.
United States citizenship.
Appointees must be able to satisfactorily complete the
police-training course administered by the New Jersey State Police
or other accredited police training academy certified by the Police
Training Commission (PTC). Such training includes successful
attainment of a level of proficiency in the use of firearms.
NOTE: Appointees will be required to attend and successfully
complete an eight (8) week Division training course covering fish and
wildlife rules and regulations upon appointment to the position.
Candidates certified from the eligible list for this title
will be required to undergo medical and psychological
examinations administered by the appointing authority.
Appointees will be required to establish residence in a
specific geographic area of the state within nine (9) months
Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license
valid in New Jersey.
Appointees may be required to obtain a motorboat operator's
NOTE: Appointees to this position must successfully qualify
semi-annually in the use of firearms.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of the principles and techniques of fish and wildlife
management, and the recreational and commercial use of these
Knowledge of law enforcement methods.
Knowledge of the principles of fisheries and wildlife science, and
their relationship to the development and enforcement of laws and
Knowledge of interview techniques and investigative methods.
Knowledge of the methods used to detect and apprehend law violators.
Knowledge of the procedures used to prepare affidavits and search
Knowledge of the methods and techniques used in covert investigations.
Knowledge of citizens rights concerning arrest, prosecution, search
and seizure, and confiscation of evidence.
Ability to collect samples from water and soil.
Ability to conduct investigations, prepare cases for court and follow
through to disposition.
Ability to instruct volunteers and the public about hunter safety
according to established Fish and Game laws and regulations.
Ability to work outdoors for extensive periods of time under varying
climatic conditions and all types of terrain.
Ability to operate outboard motorboats and other small craft,
including canoes on inland and coastal waterways.
Ability to read and interpret laws, rules and regulations and apply
them to specific situations.
Ability to handle and use firearms safely and correctly.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships
with those interested or involved in the work of the program.
Ability to confer with supervisors, Deputy Attorneys General, county
and municipal prosecutors to prepare cases for hearings and/or trials.
Ability to acquire an understanding and knowledge of the laws and/or
regulations associated with Title 23, Title 39, Title 50 and Title 58.
Ability to acquire an understanding and knowledge of procedures
to prepare cases for court and final case disposition.
Ability to work joint investigations and patrols with federal, other
state, county and municipal authorities.
Ability to train and supervise deputy conservation officers.
Ability to conduct training programs in conjunction with assigned
duties and responsibilities, this may include, but not be limited to
schools, police departments and/or various community groups.
Ability to communicate effectively to educate and inform the public on
the biological principles associated with the rules, laws, procedures
and management practices pertaining to the use of fish, game, wildlife
and natural resources.
Ability to act quickly and decisively in the course of emergency
Ability to maintain all issued equipment.
Ability to prepare correspondence and reports.
Ability to maintain records and files.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English
sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign
Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as
they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable
accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation
cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,
such persons may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.