PARKERSBURG, Va. (WTAP) – West Virginia’s Natural Resources Division is looking to hire 11 people to fill officer positions statewide.
Sergeant Joshua Parsons says that while the bachelor’s degree is still the norm, the minimum qualifications for joining the WVDNR have been changed for people without a bachelor’s degree. People who are full-time or part-time law enforcement officers have an associate’s degree with two years of continuous military experience, or four years of continuous military experience can now apply.
Parsons says WVDNR officers are primarily responsible for enforcing game and fish laws and regulations. Parson says they also perform search and rescue, assist in natural and man-made disaster recovery, and even work undercover to apprehend wildlife offenders. Parson also says that the job has many benefits.
âI liked being outside growing up. I hunted, I fished, I camped, I backpacked and that was the main draw for me, âsaid Parsons.
âNow I’m here and I can do it all the time. I can verify the people who hunt and fish, I get involved in the education of hunters and boaters to educate new hunters and aspiring boaters in the state and all of this is very important to me.
Parsons says part of the application process includes a physical strength test as well as a written exam. Doing 18 push-ups and 28 sit-ups in one minute, running a 1.5 mile in 14 minutes and 36 seconds, and swimming 37.5 meters fully clothed are all part of the physical test. To learn more about the application process, visit https://wvdnr.gov/law-enforcement/.
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