Human Resources

DWFP-Law Enforcement Trainee (Cadet)

Deadline To Apply: Monday, July 26, 2021 11:59 PM

This is a non-state service, specialized trainee (cadet) for entry level law enforcement, natural resources protection and conservation work as a DWFP-Conservation Officer I, in the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.  Upon successful completion of the prescribed training and in-service regimen, the trainee (cadet) will be classified as a DWFP-Conservation Officer I.

Characteristic duties of a DWFP-Conservation Officer I include responsibility for inspection, safety, enforcement, investigation, public relations, conservation education and management of resources in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.  Incumbents possess enforcement powers conferred by statute and utilize these powers in the execution of their duties and responsibilities as well as in assisting other state, federal and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies.  In addition to regular enforcement and conservation activities, incumbents may be assigned specialized duties and primary responsibility for a designated geographic area or physical location, i.e., county, district, management area, state lake or related agency facilities.  Field work at the entry level is performed under the close supervision of an administrative superior with considerable latitude for exercising independent judgment in extensive contact with the public and in the performance of related job duties.


Experience/Education Requirements:

Reference Mississippi Code 1972, annotated, Section 49-1-15: All appointments of conservation officers shall be under rules adopted and promulgated by the commission. No person shall be appointed from and after July 1, 2001, unless he meets the following requirements:

(a) Is at least twenty-one (21) years of age; and

(b) Has successfully completed sixty-four (64) semester hours at an accredited community college or university or has an Associate Degree from an accredited community college or has passed the Law Enforcement Academy and has at least five (5) years experience in law enforcement.

Reference is also made to: H.B. No. 1624 - Regular Session 2001 - Appropriations.

Required Document(s):

Applicant must provide employing agency evidence of completion of education requirements and a valid copy of his/her transcript to verify course work, when applicable.

Special Requirements:

Applicant must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at time of appointment; must possess a valid Mississippi Driver's License, or a valid Driver's License from a contiguous state; meet any and all minimum standards of employment as set forth by the Board of Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training; have neither a conviction nor a plea of guilty or nolo contendere for a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude; have not been discharged under conditions other than honorable from any branch of the U.S. armed forces; receive a favorable background investigation report; upon appointment and on a scheduled basis, pass a physical examination conducted by a licensed physician and meet minimum physical qualification standards, and pass an examination to determine mental fitness for the position; upon appointment, and on a random-selection basis, pass an alcohol/drug test conducted by a certified laboratory. Each applicant who successfully meets the above requirements will be interviewed by an applicant interview board prior to entering a training school. Such applicants may also be required, at the discretion of the Executive Director, to be examined by psychiatrists, other doctors, law enforcement officers or other professional people who may assist in such interviews. Additionally, an applicant may be required to submit to a polygraph examination in connection with the employment application.


Employment is contingent upon successful completion after appointment of the Basic Curriculum approved by the Board of Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training and an agency-defined specialized training regimen, as well as successful completion of pre-defined requalification standards. Duty assignment may require that successful applicant be able to demonstrate swimming skills at a prescribed level equivalent to the
American Red Cross Basic Swimming skill level.

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