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  • 1. Careers in Wildlife
  • 2. What are NRO’s?
    • NRO = Natural Resource Officer
    • “ outdoor Police”
    • Often called “Game Wardens”
    • Enforce fish, game, & boating laws
  • 3. Responsibilities & Duties
    • Enforce outdoor laws
    • Able to give traffic tickets/speeding, dui, etc
    • Hand out NTA’s
    • Teach hunter education
    • Assist biologists when needed
    • Assist public/public relations
  • 4. NRO Facts
    • Work varied hours
    • Federal and state positions available
    • Appear in court hearings to convict offenses
    • Hours worked vary
    • Able to enter private ground with evidence of illegal activity
    • Current starting pay for NRO I in Kansas is approx. $19 per hour
  • 5. Requirements
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Biology or Natural Resource field*
    • 21 years old
    • Required to carry firearm
    • Must not be convicted of a felony
    • Must not be convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery
    • Passing the nro exam
    • Passing the Kansas Law Enforcement Academy in Hutchinson, KS (13 week course)
    • Good physical condition
    • *experience may be accepted if no degree on KDWP discretion
  • 6. Is this field right for me?
    • Many “busy days” of an NRO are during good hunt/fish times
    • On call at times for long hours
    • Danger factor - police vs. nro?
    • Personality - right job for you?
  • 7. Wildlife/fisheries Biologist
    • Tagging wildlife or fish
    • Netting wildlife/fish
    • Population counts/studies
    • Habitat management
    • Paperwork during slow times of year
    • Rewarding/outside work
  • 8. Park Manager/Ranger
    • Park manager oversees how state/federal parks are operated
    • Park rangers enforce laws - “park game wardens”
    • In Kansas, there is a park division and a wildlife division
    • Example: Kirwin FWR manager Craig Mowry or LOVR SP manager Rick Cleveland
    • Must carry firearm so felony/misdemeanor rules apply
  • 9. Tips for a job in this field
    • Get a four-year degree in a wildlife/fisheries/resource management program
    • Apply for summer work at state or national parks
    • Clean bathrooms, mow grass, etc
    • Research positions
    • Internships (no pay, but excellent resume builders)
    • Network with “the powers that be”
    • Much of it is who you know, along with what you know
    • Work harder than the next person. Make your goal to be THE candidate rather than A candidate
    • Resume, Resume, Resume!! Build, Build, Build!!!!
    • Be flexible with travel, what states to work in, etc.
  • 10. Job Links