Fish & Game Warden Working Conditions

Bull Moose - Fish & Game Dept

Because most days are spent in the field, a Fish and Game Warden, or Wildlife Warden, should be comfortable outdoors in all weather and at various locations. Sun, rain, wind, or snow, blazing temperatures or freezing cold, one day may be spent along a creek or river and the next in a lush forest. Each day is different for a Game Warden not only in terms of weather, but daily activities. There are many various duties that come with the job of a game warden-upholding the law, preserving wildlife and the environment, public education, and investigations. Although many of these duties are performed solitarily, a Warden may interact with the public quite often, whether it is to educate about conservation and wildlife, laws and regulations, or hunter safety, or to help sort out problems between landowners and wildlife.

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Game Wardens have the pleasure of working in various locations and all kinds of weather, but they are sometimes expected to work during state and federal holidays, hours beyond eight a.m. to five p.m., and have days off other than Saturday and Sunday; furthermore, they may at times be on call 24 hours a day. Additionally, Game Wardens may be assigned a post anywhere in the state and are expected to reside within reasonable limits of that post. Indeed, these are further aspects of the job that keep it interesting.

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Occasionally, Game Wardens may be in somewhat hazardous positions-handling drunken hunters, poachers, or stumbling on a hidden location for illegal drug activity in the woods. They may encounter wounded or aggressive wildlife, and may have to assist with human and wildlife interactions. Fortunately Game Wardens are trained to know how to act in all of these situations in order to keep themselves safe.