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Job Specification 32648

CONSERVATION OFFICER RECRUIT

DEFINITION:

Under close supervision of a Conservation Officer 2 or other 
supervisory sworn law enforcement officer in the Division of Fish 
and Wildlife, Department of Environmental Protection, as a Recruit, 
after completing all Environmental and Law Enforcement training,
obtaining certifications and being sworn as a law enforcement
officer, under supervision of a higher ranking officer, executes all
processes for violations within Division jurisdiction, effectuates
arrests, issues summons and serves warrants relating to 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., and exercises 
all the powers and duties conferred by law while conducting regular 
duties; does related work as required.

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

Assists in conducting field investigations, inspections and surveying 
and patrolling a designated area of the State by motor vehicle, boat, 
foot or assigned means of transportation.

Conducts environmental inspections and investigations and collects 
field information to determine compliance with the appropriate 
environmental laws and regulations.

Executes all processes issued for the violation of these laws and 
regulations.

Serves subpoenas issued for the examination, investigation or trial 
of all offenses against these laws and regulations.

Provides methodology for gathering information to formulate flora 
or fauna input to division biologists in order to develop fish and 
wildlife management and research programs after a period of training.

Develops the knowledge to provide the basic objectives for patrols 
of State Wildlife Management Areas to ensure proper use of the area 
and to protect its resources from various types of illegal activity.

As directed, may participate in conducting educational programs using
appropriate visual aids and materials for various audiences interested 
in fish and wildlife resources.

Educates and informs the public regarding rules, laws, procedures and 
management practices regarding the recreational and commercial uses 
of fish, game and wildlife to ensure the protection of the environment.

Recommends appropriate areas for the stocking of fish and game 
within a patrol area, after a period of training.

Develops understanding of the appropriate methodology to determine 
the roles of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in the 
enforcement of fish and wildlife regulations and how they interact 
with enforcement.

Develops understanding of the criteria related to recruiting and 
conducting background investigations of all applicants for the 
position as a Deputy Conservation Officer.

Develops skills in the overseeing, instructing and/or training assigned 
to Deputy Conservation Officers in the apprehension and prosecution 
of violators of the fish and game laws.

Develops an understanding regarding patrolling methods used on 
waterways on both state and private lands to ensure compliance 
with N.J.S.A. Titles 23, 50, and 58.

Provides security services for the waters, land, flora and fauna under 
the guidelines for Homeland Security.

Develops knowledge based upon the review of delinquent accounts 
or suspect license agents; submits a complete report of findings to 
supervisor; closes license agent accounts as directed.

Develops an understanding regarding follow-up reviews of stream 
improvement and land use projects with private landowners for the 
benefit of the hunting and fishing public.

Exercises proper care, utilization and maintenance of all 
assigned equipment.

Familiarity with state and local public health officials, as required 
in investigating cases of diseases in wildlife, particularly where 
there may be a danger to the public health.

Learns and prepares investigating reports of hunter-related 
accidents, and completion of a thorough and comprehensive 
report on all such incidents; recommends legal action where 
findings indicate negligence after a period of training.

Learns how to assist the Forest Fire Service in the detection 
and suppression of forest fires and the investigation into cases 
of suspected arson.

Prepares lesson plans and conducts instructional sessions 
concerning N.J.S.A.  Title 23 and other related rules and 
regulations, at county academies and outside agencies after 
review by the training officer.

Learns about emergency situations and taking initiative for crash 
injury management, triaging victims, as trained, until properly 
relieved by authorized personnel.

Learns to maintain field notes and prepare for record retention.

Assists in making on-scene preliminary determinations concerning 
the type of pollution and the testing parameters required, collection 
samples for the determination of dissolved oxygen and pollutant type, 
preserving these samples in accordance with standard procedures 
for quality assurance, and conducting on-scene pH and water 
temperature tests.

Develops an understanding in preparing the required reports and 
all actions necessary for a successful prosecution; follows-up on all 
enforcement actions to ensure proper compliance.

Learns about air and sea patrols as well as dockside investigations 
of commercial fishing vessels to ensure compliance of laws and 
regulations both of the state and federal agencies.

Learns about the protection and/or removal of stranded 
marine mammals and endangered species.

Responsible for, upon deputization, serving as a Deputy Game 
Warden of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Deputy Special 
Agent for the National Marine Fisheries Service, as required.

Maintains essential records and files.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic 
and/or manual records and information systems used by the 
agency, office or related units.

REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION

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 
Biological Sciences.

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.  

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.

CITIZENSHIP

United States Citizenship.

TRAINING

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 Commissioner (PTC).  Such training includes successful 
attainment of a level of proficiency in the use of firearms.

Appointees must successfully qualify in the use of firearms on 
a semi-annual basis, or more frequently, if required by the 
appointing authority.

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.

MEDICAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION

Candidates certified from the eligible list for this title will be required 
to undergo medical and psychological examinations administered 
by the Appointing Authority.

RESIDENCY

Appointees will be required to establish residence in 
the approved residency area defined for the assigned 
administrative area of the state within ninety (90) days of
completion of the Working Test Period.

LICENSE

Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid 
in New Jersey.

Appointees may be required to obtain a motorboat operator's 
license issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission 
and a Boating Safety Certificate from a program approved by 
the New Jersey State Police.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES 

Knowledge of the principles and techniques of fish and wildlife 
management, and the recreational and commercial use of these 
resources after a period of training.

Knowledge of law enforcement methods after a period of training.

Knowledge of the principles of fisheries and wildlife science.

Knowledge of investigative methods after a period of training.

Knowledge of the methods used to detect and apprehend law 
violators after a period of training.

Knowledge of citizens rights concerning arrest, prosecution, 
search and seizure, and confiscation of evidence after a period 
of training.

Ability to collect samples from water and soil after a period of training.

Ability to conduct investigations after a period of training.

Ability to instruct volunteers and the public about hunter safety 
according to established Fish and Game laws and regulations 
after a period of training.

Ability to work outdoors for extensive periods of time under varying 
climatic conditions and all types of terrain after a period of training.

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 after a period of training.

Ability to handle and use firearms safely and correctly 
after a period of training.

Ability to act quickly and decisively in the course of emergency 
situations after a period of training.

Ability to maintain all issued equipment.		

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 related units.

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 
of communications.

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.

ADVANCEMENT

Appointees who successfully complete the required twelve 
(12) month training period will be eligible for advancement to the 
title of Conservation Officer 3 in accordance with Department of 
Personnel procedures. The inability of an employee in this title to 
attain a level of performance warranting advancement to the title 
listed above shall be considered as cause for separation.

CODE:  99/FA99 - 32648             MER                   01/03/09