Conservation Officer Trainees

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


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


Game and Fish Warden Recruit (DGF #40869)
***Posting end date is April 17, 2022***

To become a Conservation Officer, the educational requirements include a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in biological sciences, police science or law enforcement, natural resources conservation, ecology, or related fields. The Department has determined that “related fields” are, but are not limited to: Agricultural Science, Animal Science, biology, botany, chemistry, conservation, criminal justice, criminology, ecology, entomology, environmental management, environmental science, environmental studies, fisheries or wildlife management, forestry, forest wildlife, geography, geology, herpetology, life science, mammalogy, marine biology, natural resources, ornithology, physics, psychology, plant taxonomy, range science, water quality management and zoology.

Hiring Timeline

Updated 3-14- 2022:

Spring 2022 – Conservation Officer Recruit Hiring Timeline
March 14th: Job Announcement Opens
April 17th: Job Announcement Closes at 17:00 mountain standard time
May 7th: Physical Pre-Assessment Testing ***Location TBD*** (see physical standards for above 6,000 feet) and written exam (see sample test for study tips)
May 8th: Interviews in ***Location TBD*** (if applicant passed physical pre-assessment and written testing)
May 9th: Psychological Examination (If selected to continue the process)
May 10th: Medical Examination (if selected to continue the process)
May 11th: Uniform fitting @ Galls in Albuquerque (if given a conditional job offer)
May 31st: Start date. Report for duty at Roswell NMDGF Office @ 08:00 mountain standard time.
June 4th – 8th: Recruit Boat Operations Training
June 9th – 18th: Recruit Basic Firearms Training
June 17th: First Pay Day
June 21st – July 1st: Recruit School Block 1 – Law Block
July 5th – 16th: Recruit School Block 2
July 18th: Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Basic Police Officer Physical Pre- Assessment (same physical standards as May 7th)
July 19th – 22nd: Wilderness Patrol Tactics & Horse Packing
July 25th– 26th: Hunter Education Instructor Workshop
July 27th: Safari Club International Official Measurer
July 28th: Wildlife Restraint, Immobilization and Euthanasia
August 7th: Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Basic Police Officer Training #A-22-47- Hobbs, New Mexico
December 2nd: Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Basic Police Officer Training #A-22-47 Graduation- Hobbs, New Mexico
December 10th*: Report for duty to your assigned Field Training Officer (FTO) for 14 weeks of in the field training
January*: Recruits will get their district duty station assignments and can begin preparing to find housing etc.
March 25th*: 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.

Please call or email Lt. Andrew Armendariz with any questions about becoming a New Mexico Game Warden, the hiring process or to schedule a ride along with an officer in any area of the state.

NMDGF Training and Recruiting Lieutenant
Andrew Armendariz
Cell    – 505-690-9563
Email –

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 Brochure 2022

See also: NMDGF Featured Officers


New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87504

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

HR Administrator
 JoeRay Anaya

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