DNR seeking applications for next class of conservation officers

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Do you have a passion for Michigan’s outdoors?

The Department of Natural Resources is looking for conservation officer recruits for the 2017 academy which begins next July in Dimondale.

There are a number of requirements that new applicants must meet.

• Be able to lawfully possess a firearm in Michigan.
• Be a United States citizen.
• Be at least 21 years of age before graduation from the academy.
• Become a resident of the state of Michigan by completion of the Probationary Training Program.
• Possess a valid Michigan driver’s license.
• Possess a satisfactory driving record.
• Possess a clean criminal record absent of any felony convictions.
• Submit to a thorough background investigation measuring the applicant’s suitability for law enforcement work.
• Be able to pass a physical fitness test

Recruits are considered State of Michigan employees and are paid during the 22-week academy training. The new graduates are then paired up with experienced conservation officers for 20 more weeks of in-field training. After that training is completed the new officers are assigned to one of Michigan’s 83 counties.

DNR conservation officers serve a distinct role in Michigan’s law enforcement community,” Sgt. Jason Wicklund said. “They are certified police officers with the authority to enforce all Michigan’s laws.”

Conservation officers are trained for law enforcement, life-saving, search and rescue and first aid.

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Apply online: Michigan conservation officer application

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