Minimum qualifications and disqualifiers

Before applying for a Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Police job, make sure you meet the minimum qualifications, and that you won’t face automatic disqualification for any of your past behaviors or actions.

If you have questions about the minimum qualifications or disqualifiers, please contact our Recruitment and Hiring Division at

Minimum qualifications (All applicants)

Additional requirements (Entry-level applicants only)

Additional requirements (Lateral applicants only)

  • U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Able to read and speak English
  • No felony convictions
  • At least 20/40 vision (corrected or uncorrected)
  • Must have or be able to obtain a Washington state driver’s license

Two years of college coursework (60 semester or 90 quarter credits)


Three years paid, full-time natural resource experience


Three years active-duty military service

Three years full time law enforcement experience


Current CJTC Commission or equivalent

Position disqualifiers

There are numerous parts of the hiring process intended to reveal omissions or oversights in your self-disclosed personal history. In other words, it’s better to be honest and open up front than risk having your application rejected after you’ve advanced in the employment process.

Potential disqualifying factors will be considered in the context of all other information available to us.

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.

Driving record disqualifiers


  • DUI within five years. Also includes reduced charges (e.g. negligent driving).
  • Pattern of traffic violations and/or auto accidents in the past five years or while employed in a criminal justice capacity.


  • Applicant's driving record.

Drug use disqualifiers


  • Use of marijuana in the last 12 months.
  • Illegal drug use other than marijuana in the last 3 years, unless there was an immediate, emergency medical circumstance to justify the use of a prescription controlled substance not prescribed to the person.
  • Illegal drug use while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
  • Manufacture, sale, transporting for sale, or facilitating the sale of illegal drugs (unless under 21 at the time AND the act occurred more than 10 years from the date of application).


  • Pattern or history of drug use.
  • Illegal drug use while serving in the military.

Additional notes

  • "Illegal drugs" are those controlled substances listed in drug schedules 1-5 derived from RCW 69.50.204, RCW 69.50.206, RCW 69.50.208, RCW 69.50.210 and RCW 69.50.212
  • Possession is defined as having actual physical control of any illegal (non-prescribed) drug for personal use or otherwise.
  • Use is defined as trying, testing, or experimenting, which includes, but is not limited to tasting, smoking, injecting, absorbing, sniffing, or inhaling.

Criminal activity disqualifiers


  • Any felony conviction.
  • Any criminal conviction while employed as a criminal justice professional.
  • Conviction for any crime under a domestic violence statute.


  • Adult misdemeanor convictions.
  • Pattern of Fish and Wildlife and/or natural resource violations.

Past employment disqualifiers


  • Dishonorable discharge from the U.S. armed forces.
  • Falsification of an 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.
  • Any termination, or resignation in lieu of termination, from a law enforcement agency.


  • Any termination, or resignation in lieu of termination, from any job.
  • Substandard performance evaluations.
  • Civil litigation while employed in a criminal justice capacity.

Financial history disqualifiers


  • Failure to pay income tax or child support.


  • Current credit accounts in collection or unresolved accounts in collection.

Other disqualifiers


  • Any conduct or pattern of behavior that would disrupt, diminish or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession.


  • Candidates with any tattoos that are deemed offensive may be disqualified. Visible tattoos will be evaluated by the Chief or designee on a case by case basis.
  • Incomplete Personal History Statement, or inaccurate/outdated information provided in Personal History Statement.
  • Pattern of fish and wildlife violations