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Every day, our conservation wardens go above and beyond to protect Wisconsin’s natural resources and the people who use and depend on them. We’re proud of our wardens, their accomplishments and our agency’s legacy. But what does the Conservation Warden Service do to take care of our staff?

Wardens Receive the Following Benefits

  • Compensation

    The 2019-2021 State of Wisconsin Compensation Plan created a "pay upon appointment" rule that allows field conservation wardens to be appointed at a minimum of $24.90 per hour and up to about $33.00 per hour, depending on how much prior full-time law enforcement experience they have. It also created a pay progression where wardens move up a pay scale at years 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 (top wage for field conservation wardens is about $33.00 per hour). Do you have law enforcement experience and want to know where you would land? Contact our warden recruiter.

  • Benefits Available To State Of Wisconsin Employees
    The fringe benefits offered to State of Wisconsin employees are a significant and valuable part of an individual's compensation package. The fringe benefits may vary somewhat between employee groups based on occupational status (i.e., protective, executive, general), whether or not the employees are covered by a collective bargaining agreement and the percentage of full-time employment.

  • Unmatched Independence

    Forget the cubicle. The office of a conservation warden is unlike any other. We work in the woods, on the water and in our trucks to get great things done. Wardens often work alone, making their own decisions and investigating their own cases. Do you want to be in the driver’s seat?

  • Freedom and Flexibility

    How would you like to make your own work schedule? The Wisconsin Conservation Warden Service allows field wardens great flexibility in their work scheduling, which can make it easier to “flex” your schedule as professional and personal needs dictate. Forget the shift work and start making your own schedule!

  • Professional Development

    Ongoing training is not just an opportunity – it’s a necessity for our wardens. You’ll have chances to participate in advanced trainings on everything from internet investigations to tactical boat operations and leadership development.

  • Got Potential?

    Are you up for new challenges and responsibilities? The Wisconsin Conservation Warden Service provides exciting opportunities for specialization and promotion. These include (but aren’t limited to) training other wardens as a field training officer or tactical training instructor, participating on special teams such as our remotely operated underwater vehicle team or promoting to a recreational safety warden, investigator or supervisory position.

  • The Equipment to Get the Job Done

    All conservation wardens are assigned a take-home, state-owned vehicle for work use, and have access to boats, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles for use during patrols. This gives wardens the unique flexibility to respond to calls for service by simply stepping out of their front door -- no more commuting to work!

  • A Healthy and Balanced Life

    Conservation wardens are provided with quality state benefits, including some well-deserved time off from a busy work schedule. Benefits also include various healthcare coverage options, sick leave, life insurance, retirement and investment plans. Planning for the future is important. We make it easy.

  • You've Earned It

    Conservation warden schedules often include working long hours and can be unpredictable. Conservation wardens earn competitive wages and are eligible to earn overtime, as well as add-on pay for nights and weekends worked. We know it takes more than a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule to protect our state’s natural resources, and we’ve got you covered.

  • Veteran Benefits

    The Wisconsin DNR’s Conservation Warden training program is approved for the GI Bill®. This means if you are hired, you may be eligible to use your GI Bill Benefits for On-the-Job-Training. Please see the above link for more information.