Conservation Officer hiring information

The Division of Enforcement is not accepting applications for Conservation Officers and Conservation Officer Trainees at this time.

Below is additional information about becoming a conservation officer.


  • Must possess a valid MN Peace Officer's License; or be eligible to be licensed by the MN Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST) prior to the time conditional offers are made; or complete basic police training and be certified as a full-time peace officer in a state or federal law enforcement agency with which Minnesota has reciprocity and pass the P.O.S.T. Board reciprocity exam by the time conditional job offers are made.
  • Knowledge of fish and wildlife identification, habitat and other related environmental sciences.
  • Experience in and/or knowledge of outdoor recreation activities.
  • Ability and willingness to perform the job in adverse weather and other environmental conditions and to work unusual, varying shifts including nights, weekends and holidays

Candidates must pass the general written exam to be admitted to other portions of the exam/selection process. Other portions of the process will include: interview, exercise that will demonstrate your knowledge of fish & wildlife species identification, knowledge and use of law enforcement equipment, firearms identification and safety, and completion of a comprehensive background investigation. Conditional job offers will be based on passing a medical evaluation, functional capacity exam and psychological evaluation.

All notifications will be handled electronically, you must have an updated email address on your resume or you may not be contacted by the DNR.

All inquiries should be directed to


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