A game warden is a specialized law enforcement official, one who works in large, public-use parks and wildlife preserves. The warden helps to ensure that sportspeople and other human visitors are properly licensed to fish and hunt in these areas, as well as making sure that campers and boaters follow all laws pertaining to the area.
A game warden will typically be hired by a local, state, or national jurisdiction to help patrol the publicly owned wildlife and park areas they possess. The warden typically works out of a small office or cabin, but he or she will spend most of his or her time in the field, making this a coveted position for people who love nature and the great outdoors. The warden will normally patrol areas frequented by hunters, fishers, and boaters. He or she will ensure that these sportspeople carry proper and unexpired permits for hunting, fishing, or operating watercraft.
A game warden will typically have at least some post-secondary education in both law enforcement and natural studies. Persons considering this field should understand that many jurisdictions now also prefer college degrees in disciplines like wildlife management, forestry, or other related areas of natural and biological study. Game wardens typically work throughout the week and weekends on shifts, normally patrolling from dawn to dusk.
Game Warden Tasks
Relocate wildlife posing a threat to the public.
Investigate crop, livestock, and property wildlife damage.
Patrol areas to enforce fish and game laws.
Conduct hunting accident investigations.