Law Enforcement Careers

Take Your Career to Wild Places

Interested in learning more about Law Enforcement Off The PavementContact (919) 707-0030 or email:

2024 Virtual Recruitment Event

Applicant Requirements

  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Be 20 years old before taking the state Basic Law Enforcement Training Exam.
  • Take a standardized reading comprehension assessment and score at the 10th grade level or higher.
  • Undergo a thorough background investigation, including a complete criminal history check.
  • Pass police officers physical ability assessment.
  • Complete 30-week basic training academy.

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. It's not just a job, it's a calling!  You will be joining a tight knit family of over 200 highly skilled, and professional officers who are responsible for law enforcement off the pavement.  Do you have what it takes to join our team?

Standards Required for Criminal Justice Employment

Law Enforcement Certification: Applicants


Training and Certification

All wildlife officer candidates are required to pass an extensive background, psycho-logical and physical screening prior to entering an accredited training academy conducted by the Law Enforcement Division. Each wildlife officer holds a basic law enforcement training certification.


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 Screening Guide

Modified 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.

Wildlife Officers Receive

  • Competitive salary and advancement opportunities.
  • Paid holidays and military leave.
  • Specialized training.
  • Agency-issued take home patrol vehicle.

If you are interested in taking your career “off the pavement” call 919-707-0030 for more information, or email us at

NCWRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.