Colorado Parks & Wildlife Officer Training Class

DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife has opened the application process for the next training class of district wildlife managers. Applications will be accepted through Monday, Sept. 17.

District Wildlife Managers are multipurpose wildlife professionals and the foundation of our wildlife management system. The wildlife manager’s role includes law enforcement, resource management, public education and applying biological expertise to benefit wildlife and people. This entry-level position is open to recent college graduates with a background in wildlife management, biology or closely related field. Applications are also accepted from existing, experienced natural resource professionals seeking a career change.

Trainees undergo a nearly year-long training process that includes Colorado law enforcement certification through a police academy, field training in wildlife-handling procedures, training in the proper use of ATVs, snowmobiles and boats as well as defensive driving, and much, much more. Following successful completion of all training elements, district wildlife managers are assigned to one of 135 districts around the state of Colorado.

The district wildlife manager job is rugged, outdoors, fun and rewarding. The application process is rigorous and competitive.

For a full list of requirements, more information about the job and to apply, see the listing for “District Wildlife Manager” on the official Colorado state jobs website or search the site at

Applications for full-time and seasonal ranger positions in Colorado’s state parks are generally accepted in the spring.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, two nationally recognized leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado’s wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs.

To learn more about Colorado’s state parks, please see:


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