IDNR Seeks Applicants for Conservation Police Officers

Chris McCloud
Stacey Solano
IDNR Seeks Applicants for Conservation Police Officers
SPRINGFIELD � The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is seeking applicants for the position of Conservation Police Officer Trainee.  The department plans to hire 15 new Illinois Conservation Police recruits to begin the academy in June.

Applicant testing is scheduled for February 6-9 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 at Applicants should also review the hiring information contained on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources �Law Enforcement� website at this link or through the IDNR website at (choose �Law Enforcement� from the Safety & Rules menu, then �Conservation Police Officer Career Opportunities�).

Conservation Police Officer Trainee is a state employment position title for which CMS does not test on a regular basis, so those interested are encouraged to apply and participate in the testing scheduled in February.  Reporting instructions to the exam will be provided by the Examining and Counseling Division or can be found on the Illinois Conservation Police website. 

Applicants must possess either an associate�s degree (in any field of study) and three years of full-time law enforcement experience with the same agency (or three years as an active duty, fully sworn military police officer), or  possess a bachelor�s degree (in any field of study).  Either degree must be obtained within 90 days of the written examination. It is important to note that experience and or active duty military experience cannot be substituted for undergraduate education.
Applicants must also successfully complete each of the following steps in the hiring process: 
- Written examination
- P.O.W.E.R test
- Swim test
- Oral interview
- Psychological evaluation
- Medical screening
- Background investigation

A complete description of the hiring process can be viewed on the Illinois Conservation Police website.

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 the Timber Buyers Act, protection of forests and endangered species, 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, please visit or contact Lt. Eric Bumgarner, IDNR Office of Law Enforcement, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271, phone 217/785-8407, e-mail
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