January 23, 2024

MDWFP now accepting applications for next cadet class

Therese Apel


The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is now accepting applications for the next Law Enforcement Cadet class.

Availability of Law Enforcement Cadet positions can be found on the Mississippi State Personnel Board website. MDWFP is looking for qualified candidates to fill positions across Mississippi. The deadline to apply is Saturday, February 13.

Preferred Qualifications of Conservation Officer:

• Must be at least 21 years of age
• Has successfully completed 64 semester hours at an accredited community college or university.
o Or has an Associate Degree from an accredited community college.
o Or has passed the Law Enforcement Academy and has at least two years of experience in Law Enforcement.
• Have neither a conviction nor a plea of guilty or nolo contender for a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
• Have not been discharged under conditions other than honorable from any branch of the U.S. armed forces.
• Receive a favorable background investigation report.
• Upon appointment and on a scheduled basis, pass a physical conducted by a licensed physician and meet minimum physical qualification standards.
• Upon appointment and/or random selection, pass an alcohol/drug test conducted by a certified laboratory.

Conservation officers help ensure compliance with the state’s game and fish laws, but that is just a part of their job. They also serve as public relations representatives and teachers in the field because they have direct contact with hunters, fishermen, other outdoor participants, and field observers.

If you have any questions, please contact MDWFP’s law enforcement bureau office at lerecruitment@wfp.ms.gov.

For more information regarding hunting, fishing or boating regulations in Mississippi, visit the MDWFP website at www.mdwfp.com or call (601) 432-2400.

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