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 3-11- 2021:
Game and Fish Warden Recruit (DGF #40869)
***Posting end date is April 18, 2021***

2021 Conservation Officer Recruit Hiring Timeline
April 18: Job Announcement Closes at 17:00 mountain standard time
May 1: Physical pre-assessment testing in Santa Fe (see physical standards for above 6,000 feet) and written exam (see sample test for study tips)
May 2: Interviews in Santa Fe (if applicant passed physical pre-assessment and written testing)
May 3: Psychological Examination (If selected to continue the process)
May 4: Medical Examination (if selected to continue the process)
May 5: Uniform fitting @ Galls in Albuquerque (if given a conditional job offer)
June 1: Start date. Report for duty at Santa Fe NMDGF Office @ 08:00.
June 7: Recruit Basic Firearms Training
June 18: First Pay Day
June 19: Farmington LE Academy physical assessment testing (same physical standards as May 1st)
July 5: Police Academy starts – Farmington NM (most recruits will go to this academy)
August 9: Police Academy starts – Hobbs NM (overflow recruits only if necessary)
December 3: Hobbs Academy Graduation
December 10: Farmington Academy Graduation
December 13–22*: Recruit School Block 1
January 3-14, 2022*: Recruit School Block 2
January 15*: Report for duty to your assigned Field Training Officer (FTO) for 14 weeks of in the field training
April 1*: Recruits will get their district duty station assignments and can begin preparing to find housing etc.
May 1*: Upon successful completion of all training recruits will be promoted to District Wildlife Officer and will be stationed in their own district. Duty stations could be anywhere in the state and will be based on Department need.

*These are approximate dates. The exact date will be situation/recruit dependent and may vary from this schedule.

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)

Sample Written Test

Conservation Officer Physical Fitness Standards

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

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