California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Fish and Wildlife Officer Career

P.O.S.T. Job Dimensions for Peace Officers

MORAL CHARACTER

1. Integrity. This involves maintaining high standards of personal conduct. It consists of attributes such as honesty, impartiality, trustworthiness, and abiding by laws, regulations, and procedures. It includes:

• Honesty
• Impartiality
• Trustworthiness
• Protection of Confidential Information
• Moral/Ethical Behavior

2. Impulse Control/Attention to Safety. Avoiding impulsive and/or unnecessarily risky behavior to ensure the safety of oneself and others. It includes thinking before acting, taking proper precautions, keeping one’s impetuous, knee-jerk reactions in check, and behaving in conscious regard for the larger situation at hand.

• Safe Driving Practices
• Attention to Safety
• Impulse/Anger Control

3. Substance Abuse and Other Risk Taking Behavior. This involves engaging in behavior that is inappropriate, self damaging, and with potential adverse impact on the agency, and includes alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, sale of drugs and gambling.

HANDLING STRESS AND ADVERSITY

4. Stress Tolerance. Maintaining composure, particularly during time critical emergency events and other stressful situations, weathering negative events and circumstances and maintaining an even temperament and positive attitude. Accepting criticism without becoming overly defensive or allowing it to hamper behavior or job performance.

• Positive Attitude and Even Temper
• Stress Tolerance and Recovery
• Accepting Responsibility for Mistakes           

5. Confronting and Overcoming Problems, Obstacles, and Adversity. This involves willingness and persistence in confronting problems and personal adversity. It includes taking control of situations, as necessary and demonstrating hustle and drive in reaching goals.

WORK HABITS

6. Conscientiousness. Diligent, reliable, conscientious work patterns; performing in a timely, logical manner in accordance with rules, regulations, and organizational policies.

• Dependability/Reliability
• Personal Accountability and Responsibility
• Safeguarding and Maintaining Property, Equipment, and Belongings
• Orderliness, Thoroughness, and Attention to Detail
• Initiative and Drive
• General Conscientiousness

INTERACTIONS WITH OTHERS

7. Interpersonal Skills. This involves interacting with others in a tactful and respectful manner, and showing sensitivity, concern, tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness in one’s daily interactions.

• Social Sensitivity
• Social Interest and Concern
• Tolerance
• Social Self Confidence/Persuasiveness
• Teamwork

INTELLECTUALLY_BASED ABILITIES

8. Decision Making and Judgment. The ability to make timely, sound decisions, especially in dangerous, pressure filled situations, and/or where information is incomplete and/or conflicting. Able to size up situations quickly to determine appropriate action. It also involves the ability to sift through information to glean that which is important and, once
identified, to use that information effectively.

• Situation/Problem Analysis
• Adherence to Policies & Regulations
• Response Appropriateness
• Response Assessment                            

9. Learning Ability. Ability to comprehend and retain a good deal of information, to recall factual information, and to apply what is learned.
                                   
10. Communication Skills. Ability to make oneself understood, both orally and in writing.