Applications for the position of Maine Game Warden are closed at this time.
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Since 1880 Honor - Loyalty - Compassion - Trust
Become a member of our 130 year tradition!
Have you considered a career as a Maine Game Warden?
Let us tell you about the advantages.
- It is challenging! When you go to work, you never know what you will be doing that day. It could be educating the public regarding laws, investigating crimes, finding a lost or missing child, arresting a wanted person, or any one of a thousand other things. There is certainly no routine in this job.
- It is rewarding! If you like to help people, this could be the job for you. You are often called to assist people in a time of crisis. They turn to you for the help and advice they need. You can make a tremendous impact on their lives. You can help a young child learn to stay safe if lost and you can help people make their outdoor experiences safer and more enjoyable. Every day, you will go home knowing that you have made a difference in someone's life.
- It is secure! A job as a Maine Game Warden provides a great deal of security. In addition to job security, the pay is good, the benefits are usually very good, and there is an excellent pension and a career ladder. With a variety of specialty teams, the Maine Warden Service is sure to provide you with a career full of excitement and challenges.
- It is prestigious! Most people trust and respect Maine Game Wardens. As a Game Warden, you will earn respect as a person who enforces the law, protects our natural resources, protects the public, and protects the freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
A career as a Game Warden offers great pay and excellent benefits that include:
- A 25-year retirement system. Wardens retire at 50% of their maximum salary while employees working over 25 years receive an additional 2% of retirement pay for each additional year worked beyond 25 years;
- clothing or uniform allowance
- phone allowance
- overtime opportunities
- law enforcement related college degree incentive
- State paid health and dental benefits
- paid sick leave
- paid vacation leave
- assigned 4X4 vehicle, watercraft, snowmobile, ATV, computer, telephone, GPS, digital camera, and a variety of other clothing and state-of-the-art equipment necessary for out-of-doors law enforcement work. Promotional opportunities based on ability, education and seniority; and each Warden has an opportunity for a wide array of specialized career paths with lateral mobility.
Great Career Opportunities…
- Airboat Operator
- Canine Handler
- Covert Team
- Dive Team
- Division Investigator
- Evidence Response Team
- Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) Instructor
- Forensic Mapping Specialist
- Field Training Officer
- Firearms Instructor
- Honor Guard Member
- Hover Craft Operator
- Incident Management Team Member
- Pilot (Air Wing)
- Police Academy Cadre Member
- Police Academy Instructor
- Warden Academy Instructor
- Whitewater Specialist
The Maine Warden Service has a proud history that dates back to 1880. At the core of our bureau’s history stand the men and women who perform our important work. It is of critical importance that we continue to take great care in selecting new game wardens. We must select an individual who can take on the inherent dangers of the job while representing the State of Maine as a courteous, genuine, consummate professional. When the next hiring opportunity becomes available, we will again look for that candidate who has the appropriate skill sets, practical experience, and attitude to be a positive, productive employee. What are the skill sets and experience required?
The foundation by which a good candidate is built can be summed up quickly; a hardworking, positive, good person with a will to succeed in all he/she does. Beyond that is the need to find candidates who have good life experience, sound judgment, and a strong moral character. Peel back the layers further and that person must have a strong understanding of the outdoors to include hunting and fishing, recreational vehicles, and the desire to work outdoors in a law enforcement role. Although not a requirement, some candidates chose to go to college. Degree types range from law enforcement to more generic studies such as business, biology, or psychology.
As sworn, certified police officers we must identify those well suited for law enforcement work. A physical fitness exam and ALERT exam are required and administered by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (207-877-8000). A test comprised of sit-ups, push-ups, and a 1.5 mile run test candidates physical fitness. This link (third link listed below Basic Law Enforcement Training Program) provides those standards based on age and gender. No different than any other police agency, we cannot employ those with extensive or prohibitive criminal backgrounds. The hiring process itself can take as long as six months from initial application submission to becoming hired.
We include a very comprehensive oral board exam that covers a wide spectrum of relevant topics. This exam tests a candidates practical knowledge of outdoor related items, provides an opportunity to sell themselves in a traditional style interview, and engages them with “what if?” scenarios to see first-hand how they process complicated, real life situations. Additionally, all candidates submit a typed essay on a topic provided on test day. It is then reviewed by the Maine Department of Education to be sure the candidate has adequate writing skills and computer knowledge. Those who successfully complete the oral board exam will undergo a comprehensive background investigation as well as polygraph, psychological, physical exams, and additional interviews.
After careful consideration, those who rise to the top are provided with an offer of employment and must then complete both the 18-week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP) and the Advanced Warden Academy (12-weeks) in Vassalboro. Full-time officers from both Maine and nonresidents will have their academy records reviewed. It is possible that a portion of or the entire BLETP might be waived. However, those candidates must attend the Maine Warden Service Academy. Candidates must be 21 years of age to apply OR be age 20 with 60 college credits or more. We have no age limit restrictions and you do NOT need to be a Maine resident to apply.
Why all this? In order for us to carry out the important role of game warden, we must have the respect and trust of the public. Our success comes from the relationships we have built and the trust we have earned. We take great measures to ensure this is not compromised. I will gladly add your contact information to my recruitment roster for future hiring bulletins with the Maine Warden Service. Historically we hire about once every year. In addition, please monitor our website (mainegamewarden.com) for future hiring opportunities on our career page. Please feel free to contact me at any time should you have further questions.
After a conditional offer of employment is made, the Maine Warden Service will conduct an extensive background investigation concerning the applicant, including military service, education, motor vehicle record, criminal history record, financial record, work history, and references. A screening committee will review the results for information that would eliminate the candidate from further consideration.
An applicant will automatically be eliminated if he/she:
1. Has committed any crime classified in Maine law as a Class A, Class B, or Class C crime (any felony);
2. Has been found guilty of any crime classified in Maine law as a Class D crime (a Class D crime is a misdemeanor with a maximum term of imprisonment of 364 days). A person may make application to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) Board of Trustees for a waiver of this provision. Persons with questions regarding this provision should contact the Office of the Game Warden Colonel at 207-287-2766;
3. Has an extensive record of motor vehicle or fish and wildlife law violations;
4. Has convictions for Murder, Class A, B, C, or D crime, or convictions for any violation of the Maine Criminal Code, Chapters 15, 19, 25, or 45 or a conviction for any equivalent crime in another jurisdiction outside the State of Maine. A person may make application to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) Board of Trustees for a waiver of this provision;
5. Has engaged in any conduct that is penalized in this state as Murder, Class A, B, C, or D crime, or any provision of the Maine Criminal Code, Chapters 15, 19, 25, or 45; or engaged in such conduct in another jurisdiction outside the State of Maine, unless that conduct is not punishable as a crime under the laws of that jurisdiction. A person may make application to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) Board of Trustees for a waiver of this provision;
6. Has convictions for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor during the six year period prior to application to the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program, or have been adjudicated of committing the administrative offense of operating a vehicle under the age of 21 with a greater than a 0.00 blood alcohol content during the six year period prior to application to the Academy Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. A person may make application to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) Board of Trustees for a waiver of this provision;
7. Has been found guilty of conduct specified in subparagraphs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 in another state of jurisdiction;
8. Has ingested or been injected with or used a hallucinogenic drug;
9. Has illegally sold scheduled drugs or drugs which require a prescription;
10. Has engaged in illegal drug use beyond what is considered as experimentation;
11. Is currently abusing drugs or alcohol;
12. Falsified, misrepresents, or omits any information when interviewed, during the background investigation, polygraph examination, or on the pre-polygraph questionnaire.
Upon completion of the background investigation, viable candidates will be scheduled for a polygraph examination. The results of the background investigation and polygraph examination will then be reviewed by a screening committee to determine if the candidate is eligible to continue. This determination will be reached by weighing all the information received.
Best of luck! Corporal John MacDonald – Recruiter: Maine Warden Service
Game Warden Joseph Bailey: I grew up in Standish, Maine and as a child spent as much time outdoors as I could. My father and I shared a passion for fishing and canoeing, and my grandfather and uncles passed on their passion for hunting. I met my first game warden when he checked our hunting licenses one November afternoon, and by listening to him talk with us I knew that I had just found my dream job.
Game Warden Pilot Jeffrey Beach: I served in the US Air Force for 7 years as an aircrew member (loadmaster) on C-5 aircraft. Additionally, I served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm from August of 1990 to August of 1991 and was awarded the Air Medal for aerial flight during that conflict.
I attended the University of Connecticut and majored in Natural Resource Economics and English. A 17-year veteran of the Maine State Police, I attended the 44th Maine State Police Academy which began in November of 1995. I patrolled Troop C my entire career as a State Trooper with assignments in Somerset County for four-and-a-half years, Interstate 95 for 10 years, and as a patrol supervisor (Sergeant) for two-and-a-half years.
I have been an Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC) instructor for six years for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and lead the EVOC Instructor program. The position of Game Warden Pilot has many responsibilities to include search and rescue, law enforcement, and assisting with fish and wildlife resource management. I look forward to my new career and am honored to be among the aviation division for the Maine Warden Service.
Game Warden Josh Beal: I was raised in the small town of Swanville. I grew up working on my grandparent’s dairy farm. Growing up on the farm I developed both a strong work ethic and a love for the outdoors. I spent most of my free time hunting, fishing, and playing sports. I met my first Game Warden when I was in high school. He offered to take me on a ride along with him and I took him up on his offer. I developed a passion for the job and knew it was what I wanted to do.
I graduated from Belfast Area High school in 2010. To pursue my interest as a game warden I enrolled in the Conservation law enforcement program at Beal College. I was hired as a deputy game warden in 2013. As a deputy I worked on Sebago Lake in the summer and then in Ashland in the fall. I finished my associate’s degree in Con-Law while working as a deputy game warden. I was hired as a full-time game warden in the winter of 2013. I feel very proud and honored to have the opportunity to carry on the tradition of the Maine Warden Service and am excited to start my new life as a Game Warden.
Game Warden Kyle Hladik: I grew up working on a dairy farm in Buckfield, Maine. I have hunted, fished, trapped, and otherwise enjoyed the outdoors from an early age. I became interested in this job upon meeting a game warden for the first time when I was around 12 years old. After graduating from high school in 2005, I enlisted in the Marine Corps, where I was on active duty for five years, followed by two years of service in a civilian role on a Marine base. During that time, I deployed to Iraq and Africa, and I began working on a criminal justice degree with my goal of becoming a Maine game warden in mind.
After leaving the Marine Corps, I completed my associate’s degree in criminal justice, and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and business through Liberty University. I worked in the woods as a logger while I was in college, and more recently did carpentry work and served as a reserve police officer in Norway, Maine. In 2013, I finally had the opportunity to apply for a full-time position with the Maine Warden Service. I feel honored to be able to serve in a job which enables me to help preserve the outdoor heritage and natural resources that have had such a significant impact on my own life.
Game Warden Cody Lounder: I grew up in Maine with a passion for the outdoors. My father took me hunting, fishing, and recreating all throughout my childhood and adolescence. Regardless of the season, I was constantly outdoors. While in high school I had the opportunity to ride with a game warden. After my first ride along, I was hooked and the wheels were set in motion. I wanted nothing more than to become a Maine game warden.
Game Warden Chad Robertson: I grew up in the Presque Isle area with my family and graduated from Presque Isle High School. My outdoor experience started with sports, camping, and hiking. Late in high school I started learning more of hunting and fishing from friends. I graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. I graduated from the 13th basic law enforcement training program (BLETP) in 2007 and went to work for the Scarborough Police Department full time for just over a year. I joined the Army National Guard in 2008.