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The hiring and training process has several steps, including a written examination, application, physical fitness test, pre-screening interview, in-depth background investigation, final interview, and a psychological assessment and medical evaluation. Successful candidates are hired and begin training. Training consists of a conservation officer academy that runs more than 20 weeks, followed by 18 weeks of field training and an additional 4-5 weeks of specialized training in the areas of marine, off-road vehicle, fish and game, and waterfowl enforcement.
Interested in becoming a conservation officer? We encourage anyone interested to take the entry-level law enforcement exam. You must take and pass this exam before applying.
All applicants must:
- Be able to lawfully possess a firearm in Michigan.
- Be a United States citizen.
- Be at least 21 years of age before graduation of the academy.
- Become a resident of the State of Michigan by completion of the Probationary Training Program.
- Possess a valid driver's license.
- Possess a satisfactory driving record.
- Submit to a thorough background investigation measuring the applicant's suitability for law enforcement work.
- Have proof of completing the MCOLES physical fitness test
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