Hiring Process

STEP 1: ENTRY-LEVEL LAW ENFORCEMENT EXAM

The written examination evaluates the skills, knowledge and abilities related to elements of law enforcement positions. Applicants residing in Michigan can sign up to take the exam on the Civil Service website. Out of state applicants can sign up to take the exam by visiting the National Testing Network website.

A practice test is available for purchase at frontlinetest.com.

The exam must have been taken and passed within five years from the start date of the academy. 

You must pass the exam in order to advance to step 2.

STEP 2: MCOLES PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST

The MCOLES physical fitness test schedule and requirements can be found on the MCOLES website at Michigan.gov/MCOLES. You will be required to contact the test site directly to schedule your own fitness test. Test results must be dated within 180 days from the job posting end date. 

You must pass the physical fitness test in order to advance to step 3.

STEP 3: APPLICATION

The next step is to submit an application.  Make sure to use a valid email address on your application as that is how we will communicate with you throughout the entire hiring process. The following documents must be attached to your application:

If you have questions regarding your exam or your application, please call the Michigan Civil Service Commission at 800-788-1766.

If you are selected to advance in the hiring process, you will be contacted via email from the Law Enforcement Division’s Employment and Training section with further instructions.

STEP 4: DNR LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION ORIENTATION

On orientation day, we will provide information about the selection and hiring process, the academy, probationary training program, continued training, expectations, general job information, and answer any questions. Every attempt will be made to ensure you understand the process, training and the duties of a conservation officer.

Step 5: PRE-SCREENING INTERVIEW

If selected to move forward in the process you must participate in a pre-screening interview. These interviews will be held at multiple locations throughout the state. You will be emailed information about your interview date, time, location, further instruction, and a list of items to bring with you.

STEP 6: BACKGROUND CHECK

Applicants, having successfully completed and passed the pre-screening interview in Step 5, will be required to complete an online personal history questionnaire. After the questionnaire is completed, your file will be forwarded to a division background investigator to complete an in-depth and exhaustive background investigation. Documentation submitted during the application process will be compared to original documents during your background investigation.

STEP 7: FINAL INTERVIEW

After the background investigation is completed, you will receive an email with the results of your background investigation and may be scheduled for a final interview. Final Interviews are held in Lansing.

STEP 8: MEDICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND FITNESS EVALUATIONS

Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer of employment which requires the successful passing of psychological testing, MCOLES medical, hearing, eye exam and drug screening prior to being hired. You must also pass a second pre-enrollment MCOLES physical fitness test prior to the start of the academy. This one will be administered by DNR Law Enforcement Division staff.

STEP 9: ACADEMY AND TRAINING

Upon successful passing of the conditional offer of employment requirements, applicants are hired and begin training.

Training consists of a 23-week Conservation Officer Academy, followed by 18 weeks of field training with an additional four weeks of specialized break-out sessions in the areas of marine, off-road vehicles, fish & game, and waterfowl identification and enforcement.