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Become an Indiana Conservation Officer

DNR's Law Enforcement Division employs 214 conservation officers. Division headquarters is in Indianapolis, and there are 10 law enforcement districts in the state.

To be a good conservation officer candidate, you must be mature, responsible, tactful and dedicated to a career in natural resources law enforcement. Additional requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be at least 21 years of age by the graduation date of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA).
  • Complete a physical fitness test consisting of:
    • 1 minute sit-up, 24
    • 300 meter run, 82 seconds or less
    • Max push-up, 21
    • 1.5 mile run, 18 minutes 56 seconds or less
    • Vertical jump, 13.5 in.
  • Demonstrate an ability to swim 100 yards without stopping and to tread water for at least 5 minutes.
  • Possess a valid license to operate an automobile.
  • Be willing, if appointed, to reside and serve any place within Indiana, as designated by the Division Director.
  • Be willing to refrain from engaging in any political activity prohibited by law.
  • Completed at least 60 credit hours toward a bachelor's degree (four-year program) or an associate's degree, as evidenced by a certified transcript, or four years of concurrent military service with an honorable discharge.
  • Submit to and satisfy standard psychological testing.

You will work with minimum supervision in all kinds of weather.

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