Take Your Career to Wild Places


Virtual Recruitment Event - 7 p.m.,  May 26, 2022

The NCWRC's Law Enforcement Division will soon be accepting applications for the 59th Wildlife Law Enforcement Basic Academy. The division is hosting a virtual recruitment event on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 7 p.m. During this event, Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers will give a presentation on the duties and responsibilities of their positions, including the application process. After the presentation, there will be a Q&A session to ask questions or gain additional information about a career in Wildlife Law Enforcement. Application period now open May 9 - June 30, 2022. Contact 919-707-0030.

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We appreciate your interest in becoming a Law Enforcement Officer with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers enforce state and federal game, fish and boating laws in the state of North Carolina.


 Careers in Wildlife Enforcement





Applicant Requirements

  • All candidates must pass extensive background and psychological screening, and complete a vigorous 30-week training academy before receiving a field assignment.
  • Be 20 years of age at the time of final exam.

Standards Required for Criminal Justice Employment
Law Enforcement Certification: Applicants


Required Physical Capabilities

In addition to being in an excellent physical condition, candidates must meet vision, hearing, and other sensory perception standards. Maintaining a healthy physical regimen is a required part of job performance upon becoming a wildlife officer. The initial phase of the application process consists of a modified Police Officers Physical Abilities Assessment.

Medical Qualifications
Police Officers Physical Abilities Assessment

Recruit Training Academy and Field Training Assignments

The majority of the basic law enforcement training is held at the Samarcand Training Academy in Eagle Springs, NC. Recruits are housed in dorms with fellow recruits. The training is highly structured with physical training most mornings. The training academy usually begins in  January with graduation in late July.


Additional Recommendations

  • While not required, criminal justice courses at the university or community college level are recommended prior to application.
  • A thorough knowledge of fish and wildlife species native to North Carolina is preferred.
  • Recruits receive Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) curriculum mandated by the Department of Justice, Training Standards Division, during the training academy. So in most cases, prior BLET certification is not necessary.
  • It is strongly recommended for candidates to maintain a physical training routine while awaiting application opportunity.