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AGFC accepting applications for wildlife officers

BY Randy Zellers

ON 08-22-2018


Aug. 22, 2018

Randy Zellers

Assistant Chief of Communications

LITTLE ROCK – Looking for the opportunity to work in specialized fields of law enforcement and have the outdoors as your office? The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission could be just the place for you.

The AGFC is taking applications for its next class of wildlife officer cadets. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 7, 2018. 

Becoming a wildlife officer is much more than just checking hunting and fishing licenses. Wildlife officers are the face of the AGFC in many communities. They respond to calls for help during natural disasters, search-and-rescue efforts and even assist other agencies in manhunts, drug enforcement and other high-profile law enforcement activities. Top that off with their undying devotion to teaching the next generation about the wonders of the outdoors and passing on our hunting heritage and you begin to see exactly what today’s wildlife officer looks like.

“People usually just think of wildlife officers as men and women writing citations for wildlife violations or trying to catch someone over the limit on fish,” said Maj. Jason Parker, assistant chief of the AGFC’s Enforcement Division. “Sure we do that, but there’s so much more to the job. Today’s wildlife officer has full police power and is often called on to assist many other law enforcement agencies as well as the many other divisions of the AGFC.”

Parker says competition is strong for these jobs, and he’s always impressed with the caliber of applicants. 

“We have state troopers, former Sheriffs, military police and many other law enforcement professionals apply to be a part of our family,” Parker said. “But I understand why. I can’t think of another job more fulfilling than ensuring that our natural resources and traditions of outdoors enjoyment continue long into the future.” 

Visit for a list of requirements, preferred skills and abilities and an electronic application form.

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