After a two semester absence, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Academy will soon be starting back at Butte College. The Spring 2014 program will begin January 21 and run through August 15, 2014.
Typically, the Department of Fish & Wildlife will fill a majority of the seats, leaving several 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 training in 41 different Learning Domains, and this training is supplemented by Fish and Wildlife specific topics for a total of 1200 hours in the program.
"We are glad to be back offering the academy at Butte College," said Mike Maloney, Director of Public Safety Education and Training. "It's been a great partnership, and since the college is a 928 acre wildlife refuge, we have the perfect training grounds for the academy."
The application deadline is November 9, 2013. Applicants can call 530-895-2401 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday for detailed instructions and to reserve a slot to take a P.O.S.T. Entrance Examination.
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.
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.
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.)
For more information on becoming a Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden please visit: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/enforcement/career .