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Applications accepted for academy

DIMONDALE — Anyone interested in pursuing a career as a Michigan conservation officer is encouraged to review eligibility guidelines and submit an application for the Department of Natural Resources’ 10th Conservation Officer Academy, set to start July 12 at the Michigan State Police Training Academy in Dimondale.

The DNR seeks male and female candidates from all backgrounds, including military veterans and current law enforcement members, who are passionate about the outdoors and interested in protecting the state’s natural resources and the people who enjoy them.

Conservation officers are certified police officers with the authority to enforce all Michigan laws. They receive unique training in a wide variety of areas related to the protection of Michigan’s residents and natural resources.

In order to be considered for the academy, an applicant must: be able to lawfully possess a firearm in Michigan, be a U.S. citizen, be at least 21 years of age before academy graduation, b a Michigan resident before completion of the probationary training program, have a valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record, submit to a thorough background investigation, and have proof of completing the MCOLES physical fitness test.

During the 23-week academy, recruits will become state of Michigan employees and receive biweekly paychecks. Upon graduation, they will spend an additional 20 weeks training throughout the state. When that training is completed, each officer will receive a county assignment where they will live and work.

Learn more about the conservation officer hiring process and requirements by visiting Michigan.gov/ConservationOfficers or contacting a local recruiter.