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 March 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.

June 2019
Conservation Officer Trainee Hiring Timeline

April 16th: Job announcement closes.
May 11th: Physical pre-assessment testing in Santa Fe.
May 12th – 13th: Interviews in Santa Fe (if applicant passed physical pre-assessment testing).
May 14th: Psychological Examination (if selected to continue hiring process).
May 15th: Medical Examination (if selected to continue hiring process).
May 16th: Uniform fitting @ Galls (if selected to continue hiring process).
June 3rd: First day in Santa Fe (if offered position).
June 6th – July 26th: Working with Wildlife Division and/or Fisheries Division.
July 27th – August 2nd: Firearms Training TBD.
August: Hobbs 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 8-16-2018)

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

Human Resources Generalist
Ellen Skaggs

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