Applications for the position of Maine Game Warden are closed at this time.
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Since 1880 Honor - Loyalty - Compassion - Trust
Become a member of our 130 year tradition!
Have you considered a career as a Maine Game Warden?
Let us tell you about the advantages.
- It is challenging! When you go to work, you never know what you will be doing that day. It could be educating the public regarding laws, investigating crimes, finding a lost or missing child, arresting a wanted person, or any one of a thousand other things. There is certainly no routine in this job.
- It is rewarding! If you like to help people, this could be the job for you. You are often called to assist people in a time of crisis. They turn to you for the help and advice they need. You can make a tremendous impact on their lives. You can help a young child learn to stay safe if lost and you can help people make their outdoor experiences safer and more enjoyable. Every day, you will go home knowing that you have made a difference in someone's life.
- It is secure! A job as a Maine Game Warden provides a great deal of security. In addition to job security, the pay is good, the benefits are usually very good, and there is an excellent pension and a career ladder. With a variety of specialty teams, the Maine Warden Service is sure to provide you with a career full of excitement and challenges.
- It is prestigious! Most people trust and respect Maine Game Wardens. As a Game Warden, you will earn respect as a person who enforces the law, protects our natural resources, protects the public, and protects the freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
A career as a Game Warden offers great pay and excellent benefits that include:
- A 25-year retirement system. Wardens retire at 50% of their maximum salary while employees working over 25 years receive an additional 2% of retirement pay for each additional year worked beyond 25 years;
- clothing or uniform allowance
- phone allowance
- overtime opportunities
- law enforcement related college degree incentive
- State paid health and dental benefits
- paid sick leave
- paid vacation leave
- assigned 4X4 vehicle, watercraft, snowmobile, ATV, computer, telephone, GPS, digital camera, and a variety of other clothing and state-of-the-art equipment necessary for out-of-doors law enforcement work. Promotional opportunities based on ability, education and seniority; and each Warden has an opportunity for a wide array of specialized career paths with lateral mobility.
Great Career Opportunities…
- Airboat Operator
- Canine Handler
- Covert Team
- Dive Team
- Division Investigator
- Evidence Response Team
- Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) Instructor
- Forensic Mapping Specialist
- Field Training Officer
- Firearms Instructor
- Honor Guard Member
- Hover Craft Operator
- Incident Management Team Member
- Pilot (Air Wing)
- Police Academy Cadre Member
- Police Academy Instructor
- Warden Academy Instructor
- Whitewater Specialist
The Maine Warden Service has a proud history that dates back to 1880. At the core of our bureau’s history stand the men and women who perform our important work. It is of critical importance that we continue to take great care in selecting new game wardens. We must select an individual who can take on the inherent dangers of the job while representing the State of Maine as a courteous, genuine, consummate professional. When the next hiring opportunity becomes available, we will again look for that candidate who has the appropriate skill sets, practical experience, and attitude to be a positive, productive employee. What are the skill sets and experience required?
The foundation by which a good candidate is built can be summed up quickly; a hardworking, positive, good person with a will to succeed in all he/she does. Beyond that is the need to find candidates who have good life experience, sound judgment, and a strong moral character. Peel back the layers further and that person must have a strong understanding of the outdoors to include hunting and fishing, recreational vehicles, and the desire to work outdoors in a law enforcement role. Although not a requirement, some candidates chose to go to college. Degree types range from law enforcement to more generic studies such as business, biology, or psychology.
As sworn, certified police officers we must identify those well suited for law enforcement work. A physical fitness exam and ALERT exam are required and administered by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (207-877-8000). A test comprised of sit-ups, push-ups, and a 1.5 mile run test candidates physical fitness. This link (third link listed below Basic Law Enforcement Training Program) provides those standards based on age and gender. No different than any other police agency, we cannot employ those with extensive or prohibitive criminal backgrounds. The hiring process itself can take as long as six months from initial application submission to becoming hired.
We include a very comprehensive oral board exam that covers a wide spectrum of relevant topics. This exam tests a candidates practical knowledge of outdoor related items, provides an opportunity to sell themselves in a traditional style interview, and engages them with “what if?” scenarios to see first-hand how they process complicated, real life situations. Additionally, all candidates submit a typed essay on a topic provided on test day. It is then reviewed by the Maine Department of Education to be sure the candidate has adequate writing skills and computer knowledge. Those who successfully complete the oral board exam will undergo a comprehensive background investigation as well as polygraph, psychological, physical exams, and additional interviews.
After careful consideration, those who rise to the top are provided with an offer of employment and must then complete both the 18-week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP) and the Advanced Warden Academy (12-weeks) in Vassalboro. Full-time officers from both Maine and nonresidents will have their academy records reviewed. It is possible that a portion of or the entire BLETP might be waived. However, those candidates must attend the Maine Warden Service Academy. Candidates must be 21 years of age to apply OR be age 20 with 60 college credits or more. We have no age limit restrictions and you do NOT need to be a Maine resident to apply.
Why all this? In order for us to carry out the important role of game warden, we must have the respect and trust of the public. Our success comes from the relationships we have built and the trust we have earned. We take great measures to ensure this is not compromised. I will gladly add your contact information to my recruitment roster for future hiring bulletins with the Maine Warden Service. Historically we hire about once every year. In addition, please monitor our website (mainegamewarden.com) for future hiring opportunities on our career page. Please feel free to contact me at any time should you have further questions.
After a conditional offer of employment is made, the Maine Warden Service will conduct an extensive background investigation concerning the applicant, including military service, education, motor vehicle record, criminal history record, financial record, work history, and references. A screening committee will review the results for information that would eliminate the candidate from further consideration.
An applicant will automatically be eliminated if he/she:
1. Has committed any crime classified in Maine law as a Class A, Class B, or Class C crime (any felony);
2. Has been found guilty of any crime classified in Maine law as a Class D crime (a Class D crime is a misdemeanor with a maximum term of imprisonment of 364 days). A person may make application to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) Board of Trustees for a waiver of this provision. Persons with questions regarding this provision should contact the Office of the Game Warden Colonel at 207-287-2766;
3. Has an extensive record of motor vehicle or fish and wildlife law violations;
4. Has convictions for Murder, Class A, B, C, or D crime, or convictions for any violation of the Maine Criminal Code, Chapters 15, 19, 25, or 45 or a conviction for any equivalent crime in another jurisdiction outside the State of Maine. A person may make application to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) Board of Trustees for a waiver of this provision;
5. Has engaged in any conduct that is penalized in this state as Murder, Class A, B, C, or D crime, or any provision of the Maine Criminal Code, Chapters 15, 19, 25, or 45; or engaged in such conduct in another jurisdiction outside the State of Maine, unless that conduct is not punishable as a crime under the laws of that jurisdiction. A person may make application to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) Board of Trustees for a waiver of this provision;
6. Has convictions for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor during the six year period prior to application to the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program, or have been adjudicated of committing the administrative offense of operating a vehicle under the age of 21 with a greater than a 0.00 blood alcohol content during the six year period prior to application to the Academy Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. A person may make application to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) Board of Trustees for a waiver of this provision;
7. Has been found guilty of conduct specified in subparagraphs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 in another state of jurisdiction;
8. Has ingested or been injected with or used a hallucinogenic drug;
9. Has illegally sold scheduled drugs or drugs which require a prescription;
10. Has engaged in illegal drug use beyond what is considered as experimentation;
11. Is currently abusing drugs or alcohol;
12. Falsified, misrepresents, or omits any information when interviewed, during the background investigation, polygraph examination, or on the pre-polygraph questionnaire.
Upon completion of the background investigation, viable candidates will be scheduled for a polygraph examination. The results of the background investigation and polygraph examination will then be reviewed by a screening committee to determine if the candidate is eligible to continue. This determination will be reached by weighing all the information received.
Best of luck! Corporal John MacDonald – Recruiter: Maine Warden Service