CLASSIFICATION:† CONSERVATION OFFICER MAJOR
Class Code:† 2136-28††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Date Established:† 07-01-57†††††††††††
Occupational Code:† 3-3-2††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Date of Last Revision: 8-16-04
BASIC PURPOSE:† To authorize and monitor the implementation of specialized law enforcement policies and work procedures for Fish and Game law enforcement personnel.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
∑ Monitors and evaluates all work activities of the Law Enforcement Division.
∑ Assists the Director in establishing departmental policies, setting up requisitions for the budget, developing training programs and establishing qualifications and assignments for law enforcement personnel.
∑ Coordinates and organizes activities of the field force in cooperation with other law enforcement personnel in dealing with emergencies such as drownings, lost persons, hunting accidents, forest fires and floods.†
∑ Drafts proposed legislation and acts as the official representative of the agency in advocating statutory changes, including interpretation of agency policies.
∑ Monitors and oversees development and implementation of formalized training programs for senior officers.
∑ Testifies in contested court cases and at personnel appeals hearings; prosecutes court cases as necessary.
∑ Delegates operational responsibilities to subordinate managers with overall accountability for hiring employees or approving program policies.
∑ Serves on law enforcement and general fish and game policy committees.†
Skill:† Requires skill in analyzing and interpreting data, policy, and procedures OR in using equipment in order to arrive at logical conclusions or recommendations.
Knowledge:† Requires logical or scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized or professional nature in a particular field.
Impact:† Requires responsibility for achieving major aspects of long-range agency objectives by planning short- and long-term organizational goals, reviewing recommendations for procedural changes, and developing or revising program policies.† Errors at this level result in incorrect decisions at an administrative level, and are detected subsequent to implementation in an overall evaluation process.
Supervision:† Requires delegating supervisory or program responsibilities to subordinate managers, with overall accountability for hiring employees or approving program policies.† The supervisor in this position assumes responsibility for an organizational unit, including developing long-range plans, analyzing staffing requirements, and formulating systemwide policies and procedures.
Working Conditions:† Requires performing regular job functions in a controlled environment with minimal exposure to disagreeable job elements and little risk of hazard to physical or mental health.
CONSERVATION OFFICER MAJOR
Physical Demands:† Requires light work, including continuous walking or operating simple equipment for extended periods of time as well as occasional strenuous activities such as reaching or bending.
Communication:† Requires acting as the official representative of the agency, including explaining and defending current and long-range goals or objectives which directly affect public policy decisions regarding major state programs and services.
Complexity:† Requires evaluating a combination of wide-ranging job functions to determine work procedures, to solve problems, and to reach conclusions by applying analytical, technical, or scientific thinking.† This level also requires planning policies and long-term strategies, drawing conclusions based on available criteria, and evaluating the effectiveness of program objectives.
Independent Action:† Requires independent judgment in planning and evaluating work procedures and in supervising the development of professional, technical, and managerial standards under administrative direction and according to broad departmental guidelines.
Education:† Bachelorís degree from a recognized college or university.
Experience:† Six years' supervisory experience at, or equivalent to Conservation Officer Sergeant or above.† Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education.† Approved work experience includes full time law enforcement or active duty US military.
License/Certification:† Must be certified as a full-time law enforcement officer by the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council.
1.† For appointment consideration, Conservation Officer Major candidates must pass a Level II Conservation Officer promotional written examination.
2.† Successful completion of a minimum of 64 hours of department approved supervisory and/ or executive leadership training prior to the conclusion of the 12 month probationary period.
3.† Service record must be free of any major departmental disciplinary action for the preceding seven years.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS:† Thorough knowledge of state laws and regulations relating to the conservation of fish and game resources and of policies and objectives of the department to include Off Highway Recreational Vehicles.† Extensive knowledge of wildlife practices that pertain to New Hampshire geographic locations.† Extensive knowledge of the functions of state government and the character of relationship between departments.† Ability to maintain effective relationships with associates, legislators and the general public.† Ability to speak before public groups.† Ability to initiate, develop and implement a variety of law enforcement and related programs.† Ability to coordinate interagency search and rescue missions.† 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.