• The hiring and training process has several steps, including a written examination, application, physical fitness test, pre-screening interview, in-depth background investigation, final interview, and a psychological assessment and medical evaluation. Successful candidates are hired and begin training. Training consists of a Conservation Officer Academy that runs for 23 weeks, followed by 18 weeks of field training and an additional four weeks of specialized training in the areas of marine, off-road vehicle, fish and game, and waterfowl identification and enforcement.

    As a recruit, conservation officers earn $17.34-$22.30 per hour (based on prior experience). After five years of service, conservation officers may earn up to $30.53 per hour. All conservation officers are offered overtime opportunities and pay after they complete their probationary period. 

    Interested in becoming a conservation officer? We encourage anyone interested to take the entry-level law enforcement exam. You must take and pass this exam before applying. 

    All applicants must:

    • Be able to lawfully possess a firearm in Michigan.
    • Be a United States citizen.
    • Be at least 21 years of age before graduation of the academy.
    • Become a resident of the State of Michigan before completion of the Probationary Training Program.
    • Possess a valid driver's license.
    • Possess a satisfactory driving record.
    • Submit to a thorough background investigation measuring the applicant's suitability for law enforcement work.
    • Have proof of passing the MCOLES physical fitness test

    The DNR is a Veteran-Friendly Employer.