These are the prerequisites and conditions:
Wildlife Conservation Officers are the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s field officers
and most visible employees. Applicants for these civil service positions must be in
excellent physical condition, have knowledge of hunting and outdoor activities and be
able to interact positively with people of all backgrounds.
Employees in this classification are selected and appointed following a competitive
examination conducted by the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission. Officers begin
their careers as Cadets assigned to the Ross Leffler School of Conservation, the Game
Commission’s training school located in Harrisburg, and are required to complete the
training program there. Classes are normally formed every two or three years or as
necessary to maintain the complement of officers in the field.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
• Applicants must be a resident of Pennsylvania.
• Applicants must have completed 60 college credits or
have two years and a minimum of 400 service hours as a
commissioned Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer for
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or have four years
of active duty military service with honorable discharge.
Persons interested in entering this occupation are
encouraged to take courses in wildlife management,
environmental sciences, police sciences and similar
fields of study.
• Applicants must be 21 years of age as of the date of
enrollment at the Training School.
• Must possess an active Pennsylvania non-commercial Class C driver’s license.
• Must have possessed a hunting license for at least two years prior to the date the examination is
• Applicants must pass a competitive written and oral examination administered by the Civil Service
• Any offer of employment is conditional upon successful completion of the medical, vision, hearing,
physical, strength, fitness and agility, stress, drug scan, and swimming tests. A confidential psychological
evaluation, pre-employment background and character investigation, credit history and criminal
background check including child welfare clearances will be completed for all applicants considered for
Additionally, once appointed you must be willing to:
• Work days, nights, weekends and holidays as assigned
• Travel overnight as assigned
• Live away from home during the training period of approximately 50 weeks
• Live and work closely with other cadets in a paramilitary environment
• You must be willing to wear an issued uniform and conform to Pennsylvania Game Commission
policies on grooming and conduct
• Relocate to any district within the state upon graduation.
It is easy for them to tell if a person had a license because a person's hunting license history is in their computer system for many years.
IF you have questions I recommend you call the PGC Headquarters in Harrisburg and asked for the Bureau of personal and get the answers from the horses mouth.
Last edited by Woods walker; 02-08-2019 at 09:31 AM.