IDNR Seeking Applicants for Conservation Police Officer Trainee

Ed Cross
IDNR Seeking Applicants for Conservation Police Officer Trainee
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is seeking applicants for the position of Conservation Police Officer Trainee.  While the Department is not yet hiring, the selection process will begin with a written exam in January with the intent to hire up to 20 officers in 2018.

Applicant testing is scheduled through the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) Examining and Counseling Division.  Interested applicants should submit a CMS100 employment application to CMS, which can be found online through this link:

Applicants should also review the hiring information contained on the IDNR Law Enforcement webpage:

Conservation Police Officer Trainee is a state employment position title for which CMS does not test on a regular basis, so those interested in the position are encouraged to apply and participate in the testing scheduled for Jan. 22-25, 2018 and Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 2018.  Reporting instructions to the exam will be provided by the CMS Examining and Counseling Division.  If applicants have not already submitted a CMS-100 application to CMS Examining, they should be prepared to bring a completed CMS-100 application with them to the assessment center on the day that they anticipate testing.  Applicants who are seeking a waiver of the college degree requirement under PA 97-0948 and who have not yet established their status with the CMS Veterans Outreach Program should be encouraged to submit their military documentation to CMS-VOP as soon as possible prior to testing to establish their veterans preference status.  Questions regarding establishing veterans preference status should be directed to CMS-VOP at 217-524-1313.

Conservation Police Officers have full police authority, with an enforcement mission focused on natural resources protection and outdoor recreation safety.  Duties include enforcement of criminal and vehicle laws in state parks; patrolling Illinois lakes and rivers and enforcing boat safety laws and regulations; enforcing state and federal fish and wildlife laws and regulations; enforcing timber buyers act, forest protection, endangered species protection, and snowmobile registration and operation laws; enforcing laws and regulations regarding commercial establishments including taxidermists, fur buyers and fish markets; and, enforcing IDNR administrative rules and regulations.

For more information on the IDNR Office of Law Enforcement and the Conservation Police Officer hiring process, review the detailed information available on the IDNR website at or contact Lt. Curt Lewis, IDNR Office of Law Enforcement, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271, phone 217-785-8407, e-mail
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