The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will begin training a new class of up to 30 cadets this summer to fill game warden vacancies around the state.

Cadets must successfully participate in six months of physical and academic training at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge to graduate, according to a press release. 

“An LDWF enforcement agent has a tremendous responsibility, protecting Louisiana’s rich natural resources, and those who enjoy those resources, whether in the field or on the water,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “And those responsibilities extend to response efforts during natural disasters when citizens need assistance in impacted areas.”

At the academy, cadets train to enforce boating laws, state and federal wildlife fisheries laws and general law enforcement practices required of all state law enforcement officers, the release states.

Agents also are trained for search and rescue, and serve as the lead responders in search and rescue coordination under the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. 

The LDWF Enforcement Division has openings in the following parishes: Desoto, Claiborne, Red River, Madison, Jackson, Lincoln, Winn, two for Sabine, LaSalle, Iberville, Iberia, Allen, Beauregard, Jefferson Davis, two for Cameron, two for Vermilion, Jefferson, West Feliciana, St. Charles, Orleans, two for St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, St. John and Ascension.

Each cadet will be assigned to a parish and must reside in that parish upon completion of the academy, the release states.

Interested applicants can apply online through the Department of Civil Service website and must complete the LEAPS test to qualify for consideration. 

Visit the civil service website here for “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet” and LEAPS testing application information.

For more information on becoming an LDWF agent, click here.