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Become a Michigan Conservation Officer

Now is the time to get started for anyone interested in becoming a Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer in 2022. The DNR is currently accepting applications for two conservation officer academies to be offered this year. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 28.

“If you’re looking for a rewarding career where you can spend time outside and teaching others about the outdoors, don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of a DNR conservation officer recruit school,” said Chief Gary Hagler, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “Our recruits say the conservation officer academy is one of the biggest and best challenges of their lives, setting them up for success in a one-of-a-kind career they love.”

Steps To Apply

A physical fitness test and entry-level law enforcement exam are the first two steps toward submitting an application.

  1. Sign up for a physical fitness test offered through the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. Upcoming test locations include:
    • Feb. 5 at Macomb Community College (Wayne County).
    • Feb. 13 at Delta College (Bay County).
    • Feb. 13 at Wayne County Regional Police Academy.
    • Feb. 18 at West Shore Community College (Mason County).
    • Feb. 26 at Michigan State Police Training Academy in Dimondale (Eaton County). This physical fitness test is for conservation officer applicants only and will allow a maximum of 30 people. To sign up, email
  2. Complete the National Testing Network entry-level law enforcement exam. A passing test score is valid for one year. While the civil service exam is currently unavailable, applicants residing in Michigan who have successfully completed the civil service exam within the past five years can submit those exam results.
  3. After receiving passing test results, candidates can submit their applications through the State of Michigan job openings website.

Candidates should be motivated self-starters with excellent communication skills who enjoy helping others learn about natural resources.

Applicants are not required to have a college education, background in law enforcement, or fish and game experience. All conservation officer recruits will receive comprehensive training during the academy, as well as being paired with veteran DNR conservation officers during their first assignments after graduation.

Anyone interested in learning more or asking about the hiring process is encouraged to contact a recruiter.

Michigan conservation officers are fully commissioned law enforcement officers who provide natural resources protection, ensure recreational safety and protect citizens through general law enforcement and conducting lifesaving operations in the communities they serve. Learn more at

An accompanying image is available below for download, along with a link to the video about hiring conservation officers. Caption information follows. 

Video image: If you enjoy working with your community and being outside, consider a career as a Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer. Applications for the 2022 training academies will be accepted until Feb. 28. 

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