DNR seeking conservation officer applicants for 2020 academy

Published 7:53 am Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding a career fair from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, March 15, for anyone interested in learning more about the career of a conservation officer. The agency is currently recruiting candidates for a Conservation Officer Academy to be held in spring 2020.

Several of the DNR’s newest officers will be on-hand during the open house, ready to answer questions and share their perspectives on the career with attendees.

During the current hiring effort, which runs through April 12, the DNR seeks candidates who don’t have previous law enforcement experience, but have at least a two-year degree from a regionally accredited university. The agency will seek applications from those with law enforcement experience early this summer.

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“Our conservation officers are integral parts of their communities and bring with them a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences,” said Rodmen Smith, director of the DNR Enforcement Division. “This career fair is a great opportunity for anyone who might be interested in becoming a conservation officer — regardless of their background — to have their questions answered and learn more about this important and rewarding career.”

The open house will take place in the lobby area of DNR Headquarters at 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155. Additional information, including a link to the application, can be found at www.dnr.state.mn.us.