Entry Level
Lateral Officer
Salary & Benefits

Lateral Candiate Study Guide

To prepare yourself for a career in natural resource law enforcement, we recommend familiarizing yourself with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement.

  1. Ride-Along. Request to ride with a Fish and Wildlife Officer while on patrol. We encourage lateral candidates to ride with more than one officer, and in more than one area. This will give you the opportunity to observe many different aspects of the job, and decide if Fish and Wildlife Enforcement is the right fit for you. Contact the Regional Enforcement Captain in the area you would like to ride-along in. Contact information for our Regional Offices can be found in the hunting and fishing regulation pamphlets.
  2. Know the regulations we enforce. Study the Washington State hunting and fishing pamphlets, and RCW Title 77 to become familiar with our business and the laws we enforce on a daily basis.

Fishing in Washington
Rules Pamphlet

Washington’s Big Game Hunting Seasons & Regulations

Washington State Migratory Waterfowl & Upland Game Seasons

Wild Turkey
Spring Season

  1. Learn about Washington’s natural resource issues and opportunities. Become familiar with the commercial fishing industry, tribal hunting and fishing, taxidermy, recreational hunting, and recreational fishing harvest practices in our state. While participation in these activities is not a prerequisite for the job, a better understanding of these activities will certainly help you throughout your career. There are numerous books, publications and video programs that can assist you in gaining a better understanding of these natural resource issues.

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