Maine Warden Service may want you

Maybe you’ve always wanted to find a job that fits your passion for being outdoors. Perhaps you’ve been considering a law enforcement career, but are unsure where to start.

Whatever the case, if becoming a Maine Game Warden is something that you’re interested in learning more about, now’s the perfect time to start doing some research.

The Maine Warden Service announced on Thursday that it will be hiring a new crop of wardens; an open application period began Wednesday and will run until Aug. 9.

The hiring process can take as long as six months; successful applicants will then complete the 18-week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program and the 12-week Advanced Warden Academy.

Applicants must be 21 years old, though those who have earned 60 college credits are eligible to apply at age 20.

And although those who want to become wardens so that they’ll appear on “North Woods Law” will likely be discouraged from chasing their TV dreams, the Animal Planet TV show has increased interest in warden service careers.

A year ago, DIF&W insiders said that after “North Woods Law” debuted, the department website saw a tremendous increase in traffic from those who wanted to explore the profession.

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John Holyoke

About John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their natural habitat. The stories he gathers provide fodder for his columns, and this blog.