Conservation Officer Trainees

Group photo of New Mexico Game and Fish Conservation Law Enforcement Officers (Fish and Game Wardens)

The following page provides information about the hiring process. Visit the State Personnel Office website to apply.

Hiring Timeline

Updated September 2019! New Mexico Department of Game & Fish is looking for the next generation of Conservation Officer Trainees.  Visit the State Personnel Office website to apply.

September 2019
Conservation Officer Trainee Hiring Timeline

Oct 19: Job announcement closes.
Nov 16: Physical pre-assessment testing in Santa Fe.
Nov 17–18: Interviews in Santa Fe (if applicant passed physical pre-assessment testing).
Nov 19: Psychological Examination (if selected to continue hiring process).
Nov 20: Medical Examination (if selected to continue hiring process).
Nov 2: Uniform fitting @ Galls (if selected to continue hiring process).
Dec 30: First day in Santa Fe (if offered position).
Jan 5: 10th: Firearms Training.
Jan 11: Farmington LE Academy physical assessment testing.
Jan 13: Farmington LE Academy start date.

Conservation Officers

Conservation Officers (Fish and Game Wardens) can be found patrolling the lands and waters of the state day and night. Most people will tell you that enforcing the game and fish laws is their primary responsibility, but the job doesn’t stop there. In addition to enforcement, the conservation officer educates the public about wildlife and wildlife management, conducts wildlife surveys, captures “problem animals,” investigates wildlife damage to crops and property, assists in wildlife relocations and helps to develop new regulations.

What is a Conservation Officer? (2018)

Conservation Officer Physical Fitness Standards 2015

Conservation Officer: Job Description & How to Apply (Updated 9-5-2019)

Conservation Officer Brochure 2014

See also: NMDGF Featured Officers


New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Mailing Address
PO Box 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Law Enforcement – Field Operations Division
Phone: 505-476-8085

HR Administrator
Vivian Fernandez
(505) 476-8028

NM Department of Public Safety
Law Enforcement Academy
4491 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Phone: 505-827-9251

For assistance or questions relating to job postings and online applications, please contact:
New Mexico State Personnel Office (SPO)
Career Services – Job Opportunities
(505) 476-7759 or email
NEOGOV Customer Support 1-855-524-5627

NMDGF Conservation Officers