CLASSIFICATION: CONSERVATION OFFICER TRAINEE
Class Code: 2132-16 Date Established: 07-01-50
Occupational Code: 3-3-2 Date of Last Revision: 01-05-11
BASIC PURPOSE: To perform field work in the development and maintenance of favorable wildlife conditions by maintaining and enforcing state wildlife rules and laws.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Patrols a designated area to identify hunting and fishing code violations, to include foot patrols in remote areas and patrols via the operation of all terrain vehicles (ATV’s), snowmobiles, watercraft, and other necessary equipment.
· Studies and applies state laws concerning fishing and hunting regulations to investigate fish and game complaints and recommend course (s) of action.
· Checks sports persons’ equipment and licenses and arrests violators of fish and game laws. Arrests may include the need to physically restrain and subdue violators using handcuffs and other restraints, to include self defense.
· Questions witnesses and procures evidence; prosecutes criminal cases in district and municipal court as required.
· Speaks to groups, providing information about wildlife and ecology.
· Assists with search and rescue missions, administers first aid, and secures disaster areas where drownings or other accidents have occurred, to include carrying out injured or deceased individuals, often from remote and/or mountainous locations.
· Maintains fish and game equipment including firearms, boats, snow machines, traps and related items.
Skill: Requires minimal skill in performing a series of routine procedures OR in operating equipment according to standardized instructions.
Knowledge: Requires knowledge of business practices and procedures or technical training in a craft or trade, including working from detailed instructions, to apply knowledge in a variety of practical situations.
Impact: Requires responsibility for contributing to immediate, ongoing agency objectives by facilitating the direct provision of services to the public or other state agencies. Errors at this level result in inaccurate reports or invalid test results and require a significant investment of time and resources to detect.
Supervision: Requires partial supervision of other employees doing work which is related or similar to the supervisor, including assigning job duties, providing training, giving instructions and checking work.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job assignments in an extremely disagreeable or dangerous working environment with continuous exposure to an uncontrollable number of hazardous elements, including occupational accidents, injuries, or diseases which result in total disability or death.
Physical Demands: Requires medium to heavy work, including continuous physical exertion such as frequent bending, lifting, or climbing.
Communication: Requires explaining facts, interpreting situations, or advising individuals of alternative or appropriate courses of action. This level also requires interviewing or eliciting information from state employees or members of the general public.
Complexity: Requires a combination of job functions to establish facts, to draw daily operational conclusions, or to solve practical problems. This level also requires providing a variety of alternative solutions where only limited standardization exists.
Independent Action: Requires a range of choice in applying a number of technical or administrative policies under general direction and making routine decisions or in recommending modifications in work procedures for approval by supervisor.
Education: Associates Degree or 60 credit hours from a recognized college or technical institute.
Experience: No experience required.
Education: Completion of high school, G.E.D. or its equivalent.
Experience: Two years of full-time employment as a certified police officer in a recognized jurisdiction, or two years of experience in the military on full-time active duty with an honorable discharge may be substituted for the two years of required formal education.
License/Certification: Upon appointment, candidates must obtain a New Hampshire driver’s license in compliance with the state statutes governing driver’s licenses and registrations.
1. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the date indicated on the job announcement.
2. Applicants must have at least 20/40 uncorrected vision in each eye with corrected vision to 20/20 and normal color perception.
3. Applicants must possess normal hearing without the use of hearing aids.
4. For appointment consideration, the Conservation Officer Trainee selection process requires that candidates pass a written examination measuring possession of knowledge, skills and abilities identified as necessary for satisfactory job performance by this class specification. Candidates must also pass a job-related physical aptitude and agility test designed to measure the ability to perform physically demanding tasks required on the job.
5. Candidates receiving conditional offers of employment must pass a prescribed medical examination and a polygraph test.
6. Candidates must be willing to accept employment anywhere in the state.
7. Law Enforcement Officer Certification: Candidates must be able to obtain law enforcement certification within the time frame established by the NH Police Standards and Training Council, OR, be in possession of law enforcement officer certification from a recognized jurisdiction at the time of appointment.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Knowledge of New Hampshire and Federal wildlife rules and laws. Knowledge of hunting, survival, tracking, trapping, fishing, and navigation techniques and equipment. Knowledge of wildlife characteristics and woollier. Knowledge of the use and maintenance of recreational vehicles. Knowledge of hunting and service weapons. Knowledge of basic law enforcement principles and legal terminology. Skill in basic mathematics. Ability to orient a map and compass. Ability to swim and walk long distances over rough terrain. Ability to work independently. Ability to accept supervision and follow instructions. Ability to read and understand complex written materials. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to recognize unusual circumstances and be attentive to physical details. Ability to maintain proper physical condition. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.