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Become a Wisconsin Conservation Warden


The Division of Public Safety and Resource Protection is responsible for protecting natural resources, which are essential for the lives, health and happiness of every person in Wisconsin. We are committed to creating a culture of inclusivity, building trusting relationships, and thoughtfully engaging and serving our diverse public.


Since 1879, conservation wardens have been proudly protecting the people and natural resources of Wisconsin. Our conservation wardens are certified law enforcement officers who patrol statewide day and night, investigate natural resource-related violations, and ensure the safety of everyone who enjoys the outdoors. Conservation wardens use education, enforcement and community involvement to accomplish their duties and promote the conservation ethic. The conservation warden career is both unique and rewarding, and requires candidates with a passion for helping others, communication skills and an appreciation for the outdoors.


Student Internship Opportunity
The Division of Public Safety and Resource Protection is seeking one motivated student intern for the summer of 2021. The intern will be under the general supervision of the Law Enforcement Training Director and provide administrative support to the Recruiting Manager. Specifically, the intern will assist with evaluating the recreational property assigned warden job position to determine how to recruit and retain wardens for those specific roles. In addition, the intern will assist in our continued recruitment efforts throughout the summer. The application period for this internship closes on 3/19/21. Pease contact Capt. Cara Kamke with questions at and apply on WiscJobs [exit DNR].

Please explore the topics below to learn more about the warden career.



Preparing to become a Conservation Warden

Get to know the Wisconsin DNR and learn what conservation wardens do before you apply.

The Hiring Process

Explore the Wisconsin DNR Warden hiring process.

The First Year of Training – What to Expect

Newly hired warden recruits receive 12 months of training. Learn about what to expect.

A Diversity of Opportunities

WDNR Warden positions offer the opportunity to gain experience, specialize and promote.

A Day in the Life of a Warden

Learn about the daily duties Wardens perform.


Wardens receive a wide range of benefits for their service. Find out what the benefits are.

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