• 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 for 23 weeks, followed by 18 weeks of field training and an additional four weeks of specialized training in the areas of marine, off-road vehicle, fish and game, and waterfowl identification and enforcement.

    Conservation officers receive a pay scale increase after five years of service with the potential to earn up to $30.83/hour.

    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 before 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 passing the MCOLES physical fitness test

    The DNR is a Veteran-Friendly Employer.