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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Warden Employment Regulations

  • The purpose of these regulations is to establish standards and requirements for applications, examinations, selection, and employment of state fish, wildlife and parks wardens, as required by Section 87-1-502, Montana Codes Annotated, and to assure and provide qualified and competent applicants for vacancies in such positions.

    Application for Employment

    All applicants for employment as a state fish, wildlife and parks warden shall file written applications with the human resources officer, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 1420 East Sixth Avenue, Helena, Montana 59620-0701, upon a form PD-25, State of Montana Application for Employment, stating in full and complete detail, answers to all questions contained thereon, and signed by the applicant. Applications must be postmarked by the closing date specified in the public notice of vacancies existing in fish, wildlife and parks warden positions. An application, knowingly false, exaggerated, misleading, or incomplete in any material aspect is cause for disqualification of the applicant. Completed applications shall include copies of all college or university transcripts, and proof of naturalization and military separation papers when applicable. Department employees who desire employment as a state fish, wildlife and parks warden must meet all qualifications of entry-level applicants. Applicants must file an application with the department each time vacancies are announced to be eligible for appointment.

    Investigation of Applicant

    No applicant shall be permitted to take the examinations for the position of state fish, wildlife and parks warden until a preliminary investigation has been made sufficient to satisfy the director that each applicant appears to be capable of meeting the minimum qualifications specified hereunder. All statements made on the application are subject to investigation

    Basic Qualifications

    The applicant must be at least 20 years of age, a United States citizen, and must be or become a Montana resident in conjunction with appointment as a Montana fish, wildlife and parks warden. The applicant must possess a Bachelor's degree in Fish and Wildlife, Park Management, Outdoor Recreation, Criminal Justice or a closely related field from an accredited university at the time of application. The applicant must have a basic knowledge of major fish and wildlife species and outdoor recreation.

    Physical and Mental Qualification

    Applicants must be in excellent physical and mental health and must be able to pass a medical examination and a strength and agility test according to standards set forth by the Montana Board of Crime Control and prescribed by the department. Minimum visual acuity is 20/100 corrected to 20/20 in each eye.

    Experience Qualifications

    No specific experience is required for employment as a state fish, wildlife and parks warden; however, applicants must be persons who have demonstrated an interest in fish, wildlife, parks and outdoor recreation. Applicants shall list on their application all experience that they believe indicates this qualification.

    Oral and Written Examinations

    All applicants shall be required to take both written and oral examinations at such times and places as may be announced. Applicants will be notified of the results of their examinations.

    Certification and Eligibility

    No applicant shall be placed on the eligible list for certification for appointment until he/she has passes all examinations and a final investigation of character and has satisfied all requirements provided herein. Successful applicants will be placed on a list of candidates eligible for appointment as fish, wildlife and parks wardens.

    Appointment and Employment

    Appointments to fill vacant positions as state fish, wildlife and parks wardens shall be made by the director from the eligible list, giving first consideration to the needs and requirements of the department. All appointees shall be on probationary status for a period of one year, and the director shall make permanent appointment only after satisfactory completion of the probationary period. Applicants must be willing to accept employment anywhere in the state. During the probationary period, applicants may not be appointed in the district in which they presently reside without special authority of the director. At all times during their employment, appointees may be required to transfer to any district of the state at the discretion of the director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Persons appointed state fish, wildlife and parks wardens are required to travel extensively, often on a statewide basis at any time of the year on varying assignments of more that a week's duration.


    Upon appointment, all applicants will be required to successfully complete a field training and evaluation course conducted by field training officers employed by the enforcement division of the department. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite to continuation of employment with the department.

    Miscellaneous Qualifications

    All applicants must possess a valid Montana driver's license in conjunction with their appointment as a fish and game warden.  Appointees shall become familiar with the laws of the State of Montana and of the United States relating to Fish, Wildlife & Parks law enforcement, with the pertinent regulations of the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks & Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission, and shall comply with all such laws and regulations. Montana fish, wildlife and parks wardens are expected to maintain an exemplary standard of personal conduct, to set a professional example for fellow employees and the people they serve that will reflect respect and credit upon themselves, the department, and the State of Montana.


    The process for the selection and screening of fish, wildlife and parks warden candidates is as follows:

    1. Application – State of Montana Application for Employment
    2. Testing – Written and oral tests, preliminary interviews, physical agilities test
    3. Oral interviews
    4. Fit for Duty testing – physician exam and psychological evaluation
    5. Background investigation
    6. Final offer of employment

    Additional Regulations

    These regulations may be supplemented, modified, or amended from time to time to meet changing circumstances or for such other reasons as the department may determine necessary in its discretion. The department reserves the right to grant waivers or to make exceptions to these regulations as it may determine necessary in the interest of the efficient implementation of the operations to these regulations and activities imposed on it by law.