CONSERVATION OFFICER RECRUIT
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 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
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
the approved residency area defined for the assigned
administrative area of the state within ninety (90) days of
completion of the Working Test Period.
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
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
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.
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