California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Fish and Wildlife Officer Career

Application Process

To Apply

Candidates meeting the minimum requirements must complete a standard State Examination Application (STD 678) and mail or deliver it to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Human Resource Branch Room1217B, ATTN: Exam Unit, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814.

Selection Process

Also called the examination process, begins when the CDFW issues the examination announcement for the position (announcement available at the Dept of Fish and Wildlife current examinations page).  Candidates must submit a Standard State Examination Application (STD 678). The applications are evaluated and applicants who possess the minimum qualifications are scheduled to take the written portion of the examination.

Physical Ability Test

  • The Physical Ability Test is pass/fail and measures endurance, flexibility, and strength. The test consists of the following components:
  • 100-Yard Swim (using any stroke, maximum four minutes)
  • Arm Strength
  • Leg Strength
  • Back Strength
  • Aerobic Capacity

Special Physical Requirements

Sound physical condition and hearing adequate to perform the duties of the position; visual acuity of not less than 20/40 in each eye without correction and corrected to not less than 20/20 in each eye; normal color vision as measured by Ishihara Pseudoisochromatic Plate Test or for persons failing the Ishihara, the Farnsworth D-15 Arrangement Test; a peripheral field of view of at least 120 degrees of horizontal extent and 100 degrees of vertical extent, with no evidence of scotomas (non seeing areas) within the full visual field of each eye.

Background Investigation

A thorough investigation is conducted into each candidate’s background to determine if he/she meets the POST job dimensions for a peace officer.

  • Integrity
  • Impulse Control/Attention to Safety
  • Substance Abuse and other risk taking behavior
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Confronting and overcoming problems
  • Obstacles and adversity
  • Conscientiousness
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Decision making and judgment
  • Communication skills
  • Learning ability
  • Observational skills

Each candidate will be required to be fingerprinted and the fingerprints will be submitted to the California Department of Justice and the FBI to check for criminal history. A polygraph examination is also used to verify the information submitted by each applicant during the examination process. Specific areas covered in the background investigation include:

  • Personal Information
  • Relative and References
  • Education
  • Residences
  • Experience and Employment
  • Military Service
  • Financial
  • Legal
  • Motor Vehicle Operation
  • General Information

Medical Examination

Each candidate must complete a State health questionnaire and be examined by a physician of his/her choice. The results of the medical questionnaire and examination are submitted to the State Medical Officer to determine the presence of any medical condition/s that may prevent the candidate from performing his/her duties as a Warden.

Psychological Evaluation

Each candidate is required to complete a psychological screening administered by CDFW and be personally interviewed by a licensed psychologist.

DFG Addresses and Phone Numbers

For more information regarding a career as a California Fish and Wildlife Officer contact the Hiring Officer, Captain David Bess, becomeagamewarden@dfg.ca.gov, (916) 651-9982.