STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


Salary Group C03

Class No. 9987

GAME WARDEN

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs wildlife and natural resources enforcement work. Work involves providing field enforcement duties, information, and education to the public; conducting hunting and boating education safety programs; and promoting youth-oriented activities. May train others. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Enforces the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, Texas Penal Code, and relevant provisions of other Texas statutes and regulations.

Conducts natural disaster response activities as required.

Executes and serves all criminal processes resulting from hunting, fishing, and wildlife enforcement activities. 

Maintains contact with landowners, resource users, and the general public.

Prepares, submits, and maintains reports of activities.

Provides information and education to the public regarding applicable statutes, regulations, and department programs.

Provides public safety and emergency management functions, including working in response to natural disasters and in homeland security operations.

Provides testimony in court and administrative hearings.

Safeguards departmental equipment.

May coordinate and direct specific law enforcement operations.

May conduct investigations of holders of permits and licenses issued by the department.

May train others.

Performs related work as assigned.

GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES

Experience and Education

Graduation from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Training Academy. Satisfactory service after graduation from Game Warden Training Academy. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in criminal justice, corrections, criminology, police science, natural resources, or a related field is generally preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of state and federal statutes and regulations pertaining to wildlife and natural resources enforcement, of the Texas Penal Code and Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, and of department procedures and policies.

Ability to use and care for firearms, radio equipment, and other law enforcement equipment; to operate law enforcement vehicles and vessels; to communicate effectively; and to train others.

Registration, Certification, or Licensure

Must be certified as a Texas peace officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Must possess a valid driver’s license.


State Auditor’s Office

Reviewed 9-1-17