Entry Level
Lateral Officer
Salary & Benefits

Oral Panel Preparation

During the oral panel exam you will be given a series of scenario based questions.

General things we are looking for (see 1-4 below for details):

- Ability to properly determine priorities
- Decision making skills
- Information flow
- Information requirements
- Fish and Wildlife Regulation knowledge
- Asset management (DFW and other)
- Natural resource knowledge
- Law enforcement orientation

    1. 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

    2. 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 the hiring process.  There are numerous books, publications and video programs that can assist you in gaining a better understanding of these natural resource issues.  

    3. Ride-Along. Candidates may request to ride with a Fish and Wildlife Officer while on patrol by contacting our WILDCOMM Communications Officers. Please call (360) 902-2936, choose option 2 or 3, and tell the Communications Officer that you wish to schedule a ridealong in preparation for the Oral Panel Exam. All candidates will have to pass a background check before they are allowed to ridealong with one of our Officers. 

    4. Be prepared. There are many general publications and study guides available to help you prepare for a police oral panel exam.  These publications may be useful in preparation for our testing process.

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