WDFW PoliceWashington Department of Fish & Wildlife
WDFW PoliceEnforcement
Entry Level
Lateral Officer
Salary & Benefits

Position Disqualifiers

*Failure to disclose any of the following activities or records will result in automatic disqualification if discovered during the hiring process, or dismissal if activities are discovered after hire.*

Automatic Disqualifiers

The following are automatic disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to become a Fish and Wildlife Officer if any of the following are true.


  • One or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DUI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.)
  • Suspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
  • Pattern of traffic violations and/or auto accidents in the past five years.

Drug Use

  • Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
  • Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.

Criminal Activity

  • Any adult felony conviction.
  • Any criminal conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
  • Conviction for any crime under a domestic violence statute.


  • Dishonorable discharge from the United States armed forces.
  • Falsification of the application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
  • Previous revocation or denial of any CJTC/POST certified status, or suspension of current CJTC/POST certified status.


  • Failure to pay income tax or child support.


  • Exposed tattoos which cannot be covered by a standard uniform of the day.
  • Any conduct or pattern of behavior that would tend to disrupt, diminish or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession.

Possible Disqualifiers

Careful review of the following records and activities will occur and may result in disqualification.


  • Applicant's driving record
  • History of illegal drug use, sale, and/or manufacture.
  • Adult misdemeanor convictions
  • Juvenile felony convictions
  • Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection

For more information or questions contact officerrecruitment@dfw.wa.gov

WDFW Police holding poached fish

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer.