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Chris McConnell


Refuge Officer

National Wildlife Refuge System
Agency: Department of Interior

Learn more about Refuge Officers at the National Wildlife Refuge System

Description: Refuge Officers are Federal conservation officers of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service who have challenging and rewarding careers. They are commissioned and uniformed law enforcement officers who enforce Federal wildlife laws on agency owned lands within the National Wildlife Refuge System and throughout the United States.

Salary: Positions are typically at the GS-5, 7, or 9 level, which is equal to $27,026 -54,778

Qualifications: Qualified Candidates need be a U.S. Citizen that is at least 21 years of age but have not reached 37 before their first day. Like other law enforcement positions, there is a background check as well as a physical fitness screening.

Special Training – Refuge Officers complete an 18-week basic Land Management Police Training (LMPT) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Georgia. This is followed by a 2-week basic school for refuge officers and a 10-weeks of field training.

Read about Refuge Officers at the Department of Interior

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