Entry Level
Lateral Officer
Salary & Benefits


Fish and Wildlife Officers are offered a variety of unique career opportunities that can’t be found at any other law enforcement agency in the state. Because we partner with city and county law enforcement entities, State Parks, DNR Enforcement, NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tribes, Homeland Security, and US Coast Guard, to name a few, our Officers are well-rounded in many different areas of law enforcement, and have the opportunity to develop a very specialized set of skills that they would not find anywhere else.

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Entry Level Positions

If you’re interested in becoming a law enforcement officer, and have a strong desire to protect Washington’s unique fish and wildlife species, exceptionally diverse landscape and rugged coastline for future generations to enjoy, we want to hear from you!

Find out if you have what it takes to join the ranks of elite Fish and Wildlife Officers who are protecting Washington’s natural resources.

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Lateral (Experienced) Officers

Need a change of scenery? A Fish and Wildlife Police Officer's job begins where the pavement ends. Let your career lead you up in to the mountains, along the bank of a winding river, or deep into the forest. If you are currently a police officer and want to take your law enforcement career to the next level, becoming a Fish and Wildlife Officer can provide you with the challenge, adventure, specialized training, and diverse patrol environment you crave.

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