The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is currently accepting applications for their 65th Texas Game Warden Cadet class.
As fully commissioned peace officers, game wardens are responsible for the enforcement of Texas laws across the state. This includes water safety, natural resource protection and environmental management. Texas Game Wardens patrol the state’s natural waterways, oversee hunting and fishing regulation, and often support local landowners. More widely known are the skills making them a reliable resource for disaster response.
“Texas Game Wardens have a long and proud tradition of protecting and conserving the state’s valuable natural resources. That includes our waterways, landscapes and the wildlife we enjoy daily,” said Col. Chad Jones, TPWD Law Enforcement director. He also stresses the role of a game warden goes beyond the badge. “Not only are game wardens trained in a number specialized fields like search and rescue and disaster response, we are members of the community. We are out in our neighborhoods hosting fishing events, educating boaters, and encouraging another generation of Texans to enjoy and preserve the outdoors.”
Texas Game Wardens are also not under the constraint of city nor county jurisdictions,
TPWD is accepting applications until Oct 8. Applicants must be 21 years of age with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. For a list of requirements, please visit the TPWD Game Warden recruitment webpage.
All cadets in the program must live at the Game Warden Training Center near Hamilton, Texas for the duration of the 33-week training period beginning Oct. 2022. An online video encapsulates the Texas Game Warden training experience.