North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

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Career Opportunities

Full time positions are posted on the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources website.

Benefits of Becoming an Employee 

There are many benefits to pursuing a career with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Learn about some of them at the link above.

Wildlife Enforcement Officers 

We have outlined the application process for becoming a Wildlife Enforcement Officer.

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Benefits to Working for the Wildlife Resources Commission

There are many benefits to working for a North Carolina state agency and, specifically, for working for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Wildlife Enforcement Officer

Wildlife Enforcement Officers enforce state and federal game, fish, and boating laws in the state of North Carolina. Officers patrol fields, forests, and inland waters in automobiles, in boats, on ATVs and on foot. Officers report to a Sergeant and patrol a district either alone or as part of a patrol. Officers check licenses of hunters and fisherman and examine the game or fish taken to determine compliance with the applicable laws and regulations. Officers seize illegal hunting and fishing devices and all game and fish taken illegally. Officers investigate violations, arrests violators, and present court testimony. Officers investigate conditions and recommend whether to issue permits to private citizens to raise game or fish in captivity, or to trap and net game or fish. Officers check boats for proper certification and boating equipment and observe boat operation for detection and apprehension of reckless or impaired operators. Officers assist in search and rescue operations for the victims of boating accidents or for lost hunters and anglers. Officers experience considerable public contact, often to explain game, fish, and boat laws and regulations to individuals and organizations and to present safety promotion programs.

 Officers apply knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations relating to the protection and management of game and fish, and to boating and of North Carolina game and fish species, their habitats and natural requirements. Officers demonstrate skills in the use of firearms and hunting and fishing equipment as well as outboard motor boats, automobiles and other vehicles. Officers keep routine records and write standard reports in the pursuit of duties.  Find out more information about becoming a Wildlife Enforcement Officer. 

Wildlife / Fisheries Biologist

Wildlife or Fisheries Biologists are professionals who manage wildlife or inland fisheries resources. Some biologists’ work is characterized by high levels of public contact to provide technical assistance to land, pond or lake owners in improving habitat and increasing the numbers and varieties of fish and wildlife or to address nuisance wildlife problems. Some biologists perform scientific research of fish or wildlife populations and habitats, sometimes specializing in a limited number of species. Biologists may lead research, selecting sampling techniques, equipment and data gathering methods. Research conducted and decisions made by biologists affect individual landowners, citizen groups, individual hunters and anglers, the establishment of hunting and fishing regulations, management techniques and wildlife or fish populations. Biologists design and conduct research studies and author standard technical and more rigorous scientific research reports. For most biologists, the majority of work is performed in the field, exposed to all sorts of conditions including inclement weather, hazardous chemicals, dangerous animals and heavy equipment. Working contacts are required with members of the general public, individual or groups of hunters and fishers, members of environmental groups, members of other natural resources agencies, and the owners of land lakes, or ponds. Contacts are primarily for educational purposes and to present the results of surveys and recommendations resulting from those surveys. Biologists may direct the work of a Wildlife/Fisheries technician, and usually report to a higher level biologist who is often located in a different location.

Biologists apply scientific research principles along with knowledge specific to principles and practices of wildlife management or fisheries management. Biologists apply knowledge of zoology, botany, a variety of species of wildlife and fish, their habits and habitats, fish and game production, distribution, and management. Minimum education and experience to qualify for a biologist position is graduation from a four year college or university with a degree in wildlife or fisheries management, zoology or biology and two years of experience in wildlife or fisheries management. 

Wildlife or Fisheries Technicians

Wildlife or Fisheries Technicians work in research or management activities in wildlife or inland fisheries management. Technicians conduct wildlife and fish surveys or related laboratory work, collect and analyze data and report findings. Some technicians manage land for habitat development, operate heavy equipment in land preparation activities and maintain vehicles and equipment. Other technicians work in fish hatcheries, reproducing, growing and then stocking fish. Still others function primarily in research,  designing studies or working under the direction of a biologist for more complex studies. Technicians have contact with the general public in the course of their work conducting research, stocking fish or managing gamelands. For most technicians, the majority of work is performed in the field, exposed to all sorts of conditions including inclement weather, hazardous chemicals, dangerous animals and heavy equipment. Some technicians and technician supervisors oversee work crews of technicians.

Technicians demonstrate knowledge of techniques and procedures for either inland fisheries management or wildlife management as well as knowledge of the types and habits of a variety of inland fish or wildlife species. Technicians are able to operate and maintain equipment and vehicles, to plan collection efforts and accurately collect field data, to accurately analyze field data and to prepare written reports. Minimum education and experience required to qualify for most technician positions includes graduation from a two year technical college with an Associate Degree in wildlife or fisheries management and two years of experience in the management of wildlife or fisheries resources. 

Boating Technicians

Boating Technicians construct and maintain the Wildlife Resources Commission's boating access areas and waterways improvement program. Technicians construct boating access areas on inland and coastal waters and are responsible for the continuing maintenance of completed areas. Technicians place and maintain aids to navigation in navigable waterways, setting and anchoring of "danger", "no wake", and channel marking buoys and other navigational aids following a planned schedule of maintenance surveillance. Technicians work with engineers who design the boating access areas and implement the plans the engineers design. Technicians conduct routine maintenance of access sites to include removing trash, mowing, renovating signs, correcting problems such as erosion and poor drainage. Technicians work under the general supervision of a Boating Supervisor.

Technicians apply knowledge of construction methods and practices, especially marine construction. Technicians operate a variety of heavy equipment, power and hand tools and outboard powered craft. Minimum education and experience required to qualify for boating technician positions includes graduation from high school and three years of experience in construction work which includes the operation of heavy equipment.

Conservation Educators

Education Specialists (Natural Science Curators) and Regional Education Specialists (Wildlife Information and Education Specialists) develop and/or present wildlife conservation educational programs to a variety of audiences and age groups, adapting the presentation to accommodate the audience. Educators design, develop and conduct lectures, fieldtrips, and workshops that educate the general public, special interest groups and school children. Educators may work with local and state community leaders or education officials to analyze education needs, develop programs and promote educational offerings. Educators may be responsible to collect, handle, care for and preserve live specimens.

Conservation educators demonstrate general knowledge of North Carolina species of wildlife, their habits and habitats as well as knowledge of the principles and practices of wildlife management. Educators demonstrate the ability to author educational materials on wildlife subject, to speak effectively in public, to identify marine live, wildlife, birds, and plants. Minimum education and experience required to qualify for educator positions may include graduation from a four-year college or university with coursework emphasis in wildlife management, fisheries management, biology, or related science field and two years' experience in wildlife management, fisheries management, natural science, teaching, journalistic or related work.




Paid Vacation Leave

11 days per year to start; increasing incrementally with service to a maximum of 25 days per year after 20 years


Paid Sick Leave

12 days per year


Paid Holidays

11 or 12 days per year


Special Leave

Eligible employees may receive paid leave for certain periods of military service; when serving on a jury or subpoenaed as a witness; or when volunteering to support North Carolina’s schools, communities, citizens, and non-profit organizations.

Special leave may also be used by eligible employees to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families by ensuring generally that leave is available for certain medical reasons and for compelling family reasons.





State Health Plan

Three group plans which cover hospital and medical expenses are available to employees at no additional cost depending on which plan is selected.  Family and dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense.  For more information, go to


Workers’ Compensation

The state provides medical benefits and disability compensation including a weekly compensation benefit for time lost from work due to on-the-job injury or job-connected illness.


Disability Income Plan

After attaining certain service requirements, employees may be eligible for short-term and/or long-term disability benefits when they are unable to work because of injury or illness.


Supplemental Insurance

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission offers eligible employees the opportunity to participate in a variety of plans to meet their needs and the needs of their families.  Plans include dental coverage, vision care, accidental death and dismemberment, life insurance, cancer insurance, critical illness coverage, and health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts.  Employees may enroll in any or all of the plans—participation is voluntary.  Employees pay for the cost of coverage through payroll deduction.  For more information, go to


Unemployment Benefits

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission provides unemployment benefits for eligible employees.





Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System

After an eligible employee has completed certain service requirements, the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System provides service retirement, short term-disability benefits, long-term disability benefits, and death benefits.  Permanent, full-time employees contribute 6 percent of their monthly salaries to the retirement system.  For more information, go to


Supplemental Retirement Plans

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission offers two optional tax-deferred savings programs, the NC 401k Plan and the NC Deferred Compensation Plan (457), designed to help employees reach their retirement savings goals.  For more information, go to


Other Benefits



Academic Assistance Program

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission may provide reimbursement of academic costs to eligible employees who complete academic course credits to help improve the knowledge and skills required for their current jobs.


Employee Assistance Program

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission offers a confidential counseling and assessment program which is designed to assist employees resolve personal problems before they disrupt personal and work life.  The service is provided at no charge to employees.


Longevity Pay

Longevity pay recognizes long-term service of employees who have worked at least 10 years with state government.  The percentage of pay increases as length of service increases.


Promotional Priority

Current state employees receive priority for promotions over other applicants when they apply for higher level jobs and possess substantially equal qualifications.


Employee Recognition Programs

The state has several programs that recognize employees for service, excellence, and ideas to save the state money.


Service Awards

Service awards recognize state employees’ total state service in increments of 5 years through retirement.  The value of the award increases in proportion to tenure.


State Employees’ Credit Union    (SECU)

SECU is a member-owned, non-profit cooperative.  North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission employees are eligible to become members.  For more information, go to


Payroll Direct Deposit

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission employees are paid through direct deposit.  Direct deposit allows the transfer of employees’ pay directly into their bank accounts without the hassle associated with paper checks. 


State Employees’ Association of    North Carolina (SEANC)

SEANC is a united body of more than 55,000 state employees and retirees working together to achieve common goals through group action.  It is committed to protecting and enhancing the rights and benefits of state employees by representing employees before the North Carolina General Assembly, the Office of the Governor, the Retirement System Board, and the State Health Plan.  North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission employees are eligible to join SEANC. For more information, go to


Employee Discounts

The state has contracted with WeSave, Inc to build partnerships with local and statewide businesses to offer products and services to all active and retired state employees.  There are over 3,000 merchants participating in the WeSave Discount Program.  The state promotes this partnership to express appreciation to state employees.


For more information about employees' benefits, refer to the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources website.


Working at the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission allows employees opportunities to enhance their careers by:

  • Working with a highly regarded organization
  • Working with experts in their fields--nearly 70 percent of North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission employees have completed post-secondary education degrees.
  • Providing benefits geared toward recognition and growth such as reimbursing costs for completion of specific academic courses; recognizing long-term service with longevity pay; rewarding employees for service, excellence, and contributions that benefit the state; and allowing current qualified state employees promotion priority over other applicants for a position. 
  • Service

    The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has a long history of providing service to the people and wildlife of the State of North Carolina. In addition to the work we perform for the Wildlife Resources Commission, many employees take advantage of Community Service Leave to provide service to their community and to the state.  

    The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission provides programs and services all across North Carolina.  We may have a job opportunity opening in your town!

    From the mountains to the coast, come work with us.


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