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You must be able to agree to the minimum prerequisites in the questionnaire below to begin the hiring process. In addition you must be a mature, responsible individual with a high degree of tact dedicated to a natural resource law enforcement career. You must be able to work with minimum supervision and be willing to work in all kinds of inclement weather conditions. The test is open for future hiring starting with the 2015 recruit school. This test will close November 30, 2014.
If you successfully completed the above process, you will be contacted with further instructions when it is time to sign up for further testing. Make sure to check your junk/spam mail folder for messages from ICORecruit-Testing@dnr.in.gov.
We want to know more about your interest in becoming a conservation officer. Please fill out the quick survey below.
Want to be a good candidate for ICO school? We recommend you start early when you are 16-18 years old. Here's some advice to get you a leg up on the competition. A detailed background investigation will be completed during your hiring process. A good candidate:
We are looking for a person that is committed to public service through community activities. Some ideas:
Establish a positive community reputation. Take ownership for shortcomings. A polygraph test will be administered.
“It isn’t the course of study that is important, it is the desire to challenge yourself and do the work necessary to be successful,” - Lt. Kent Hutchins
You must be considered a person of Integrity, sound judgment, honesty and trustworthiness
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment (completion of the hiring process). There are no maximum age restrictions.
The hiring process will take around 7 months to complete.
You must complete the online prerequisite questionnaire found on this webpage to register for the hiring process. Once you have registered the DNR Law Enforcement Division will contact you with information about the next testing process.
This written test is very similar to the POST exam. The examination test for basic reading comprehension, mathematics (nothing greater than division), spelling and grammar skills. It is based on a high school level education.
Some include, but are not limited to: conviction of a felony or commission of a felony; adverse credit; recent drug usage, irresponsible driving history, poor work history, etc…
You will be assigned to a county within Indiana depending on current vacancies and manpower needs.
Trainee annual salary is $36,852.40 plus benefits. Upon successful completion of training, your salary is increased to $38,443.60 as a Probationary Officer. After one year as a Probationary Officer, your salary increases to $40,099.80. Thereafter, your salary increases each year according to the current 20 year matrix schedule. Annual Leave: One vacation day is earned each month; one sick day is earned every other month; and one personal day is earned every fourth month. Leave is accrued on the employee’s accrual date. Bonus sick days are accrued when the employee accrues a personal day.
Conservation and Excise police officers have a combined self insured health plan that includes medical, dental, and vision coverage for the officer and their dependents. Plan may be continued upon retirement as long as eligibility requirements are met.
Allows employee health insurance premium to be deducted from the gross pay before taxes. Taxes are calculated on lower pay resulting in more take home pay. This is a permanent tax reduction for as long as participation is maintained.