New agents must reside in assigned parish after graduation, LDWF says
To bolster the ranks of agents in the field, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Law Enforcement Division will begin training up to 24 cadets this May.
Cadets will perform the 6-months of physical and academic training at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge. The opening date for the “Wildlife Cadet” position is now to Jan. 23, 2015.
At the academy, cadets are trained to enforce boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws, as well as general law enforcement work on the state’s wildlife management areas.
“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,” LDWF Secretary Robert Barham said in a press release. “And those responsibilities extend to response efforts during natural disasters when citizens need assistance in impacted areas.”
Agents are additionally 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 graduating agents will fill field office vacancies around the state, and each cadet is assigned to a parish and must reside in that parish upon completion of the academy.
Interested applicants can apply online through the Department of Civil Service website and must complete the LEAPS test to qualify for consideration. Please visit the civil service website for “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet” and LEAPS testing application information.
For more information including a video about becoming an LDWF agent, click here.