Applications for the 58th California Department of Fish and Wildlife Academy (January - August 2015) are NOW CLOSED.
LOCATION: 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville, CA 95965
Fish and Wildlife Academy classes are held in the Allied Health/Public Service Building of the Butte College Campus. The campus is located at the geographical center of the communities of Chico, Oroville and Paradise at the corner of Clark and Durham Pentz Roads. There is convenient access from Highway 99 and Highway 70.
THE PROGRAM: The Fish & Wildlife Academy seats 40 students. The Department of Fish & Wildlife conducts their hiring process during the year and has priority for the 40 academy seats. Once the Department of Fish & Wildlife concludes their hiring process, filling as many seats as they have new hires, Butte College will fill the remaining seats with individual applicants who wish to attend. Typically, the Department of Fish & Wildlife will fill 40 seats leaving 10 seats available for self-sponsored individuals. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife Academy is approved by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). P.O.S.T. requires law enforcement recruits to receive a minimum of 664 hours of training. Our program exceeds this requirement and offers approximately 1200 hours of instruction in the 41 Learning Domains and Fish and Wildlife specific instruction.
CERTIFICATION: The Butte College Fish and Wildlife Academy conforms to standards for certification by P.O.S.T. and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply for Game Warden positions and entry level law enforcement positions in the State of California.
TIME: Typically, class is held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for 30 weeks. However, some exercises will be conducted during hours of darkness and on Saturday or Sunday, depending on training needs.
REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma from an accredited high school or GED. No felony convictions. Valid Driver License. Pass entrance exam with a score of 42 or higher. Pass the Pre-Law Enforcement Academy Physical Training Test 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes or less.
FEES: (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) Fees are approximately $5,000 - $5,500 (Based on $46 per unit enrollment fee). This amount includes enrollment, material, driving, and textbooks. The above fees also include approximate costs for uniforms and physical training clothing. Weapons and safety equipment will be furnished by Fish and Wildlife. Out-of-state students will be charged an additional $200 per unit above the initial fee (subject to change). NOTE: The college has a new fee policy called "7 Days to Pay." For more information: http://www.butte.edu/7days/
ACADEMY ENTRANCE STEPS: Application Deadline - Approximately November 7, 2014
- Complete and return the attached "ACADEMY ENROLLMENT APPLICATION."
- Call our office, (530) 895-2401, and reserve a slot to take a P.O.S.T. Entrance Examination. Bring a valid form of photo identification to the examination site. See below for additional information.
- Call our office, (530) 895-2401, if you are notified that you have passed the P.O.S.T. Entrance Examination and reserve a slot to take the Pre-Law Enforcement Academy Physical Training Test 1.5 mile run. Bring a valid form of photo identification to the examination site.
- Attend the Law Enforcement Academy Orientation if you complete the 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes or less.
- Possess a Butte College Student ID number. You will have a Student ID number if you have ever attended a Butte College Class. If you need to obtain a Butte College Student ID number go to the main page at www.butte.eduand click on the "Apply Now" link at the bottom of the page.
- Specific and detailed instructions will be emailed to each applicant who has successfully completed the entrance examination, has successfully completed the Physical Training Test 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes or less, and has been selected to attend the academy.
Entry Level Exam: Each applicant must complete a P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Examination (PELLET-B) consisting of basic language skills. Approximately two and one-half hours are allowed for the examination. Examinations are normally offered two times prior to the start of each academy. Applicants can take the examination at any facility in California offering the PELLET-B as long as the results are submitted on agency letterhead. Applicants are encouraged to take the test more than once, since the highest score is used to determine entrance eligibility.
Be aware that when you take the P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Examination you must wait one month before you can retake the test. Examination results take approximately 10 working days. P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLET-B) examination scores will be accepted from other agencies if the results are documented on agency letterhead. NOTE: Testing space is limited. The first 150 to contact this office will be accepted for each testing date. Location of Academy Testing
POST Entry Level Exam
Pre-Academy 1.5 mile Run (If you pass the POST Entry Level Exam with a score of 42 or higher)
Law Academy Orientation (If you pass the 1.5 mile Run)
To take a sample entry-level examination, go to the link on left side of this page to "Take a P.O.S.T. Practice Test" and click on "Practice Test"
If you have a learning disability, you should contact Disabled Student Services at (530) 895-2455, prior to scheduling the Entry Level Test, so that we can accommodate your special needs. Any special accommodations must be arranged and this office notified of the special arrangements prior to the test date.
PRE-LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY PHYSICAL TRAINING TEST: Each applicant who has successfully passed the P.O.S.T. Entrance Examination with a score of 42 or higher will be required to take and successfully complete the Pre-Law Enforcement Academy Physical Training Test 1.5 mile run. You must successfully complete the run in 15 minutes or less to be considered for entrance into the Law Enforcement Academy. The test will be administered two-weeks after the P.O.S.T. Entrance Examination.
The Pre-Law Enforcement Academy Physical Training Test 1.5 mile run must be completed no more that 3 months prior to the 1st day of the academy to be valid.
You MUST call ahead of time to reserve a slot to take the exam by calling (530) 895-2401. If your name is NOT on the list, you may be refused admittance to the run.
The testing will begin PROMPTLY at the time listed. Late arrivals will not be accepted. A valid form of photo identification will be required for admittance.
ORIENTATION: Applicants successfully completing the pre-academy 1.5 mile run in 15 minutes or less are required to attend a pre-academy orientation which will be presented immediately following the 1.5 mile run. During the two-hour presentation we will provide an overview of what will be expected of you physically, mentally, and academically to ensure that you are informed and prepared for a successful experience in the academy program. Questions are encouraged during the orientation. Family members are welcome to attend.
UNITS: Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive 50 semester units.
UNIFORMS: All participants will be required to wear the Butte College Fish and Wildlife Academy uniform. Details will be provided to those who are accepted.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Academy recruits are required to have a laptop computer with WiFi capabilities
FINANCIAL AID: The Butte College Financial Aid office can be reached at 895-2311, and the college's Veterans Office can be reached by calling 895-2566. Assistance may be available to qualified students. Please apply for grants and loans as soon as possible due to the fact that academy fees are due prior to the start of the academy program. For more information and to apply: http://www.butte.edu/financialaid/
HOUSING: There is no housing on campus. Neighboring communities are approximately a 20 minute commute from the campus. There is ample rental housing in these communities. For those students who desire a dormitory environment, Craig Hall in Chico is available to both Butte College and CSU Chico students. Craig Hall can be reached at (800) 559-1393.
INFORMATION: Please call our office at (530) 895-2401 between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday.
IF YOU WANT TO APPLY TO THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE FOR EMPLOYMENT PRIOR TO ATTENDING THE ACADEMY THEIR EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS ARE: If you have attended a college and have units equivalent to the completion of two years (60 semester units) of college with 18 semester units in the biological sciences, police science or law enforcement, natural resources conservation, ecology or related fields it is highly recommended that you apply for employment with the Department of Fish & Wildlife prior to attending the academy (http://www.dfg.ca.gov/enforcement/career/index.aspx). (Students who have 30 semester units of college, and have 18 semester units completed in the required or related fields, will be admitted to the examination, but must produce evidence of completion of 60 semester units before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)