Fish & Boat Commission has an outdoors opportunity
It’s a difficult economic time for many, but the state Fish and Boat Commission has announced an opportunity.
It is recruiting the 23rd class of Waterways Conservation Officer Trainees.
“WCOs protect, conserve, and enhance Pennsylvania’s aquatic resources through law enforcement, education and community partnerships with anglers and boaters,” according to the commission. “These officers are specifically trained in all aspects of fisheries conservation and watercraft safety and work to preserve fishing and boating opportunities on Pennsylvania’s 86,000 miles of rivers, streams and lakes.
“WCOs enjoy working outdoors and have an unmatched appreciation for the hundreds of native of species of fish, reptiles and amphibians that call Pennsylvania home.”
Applications can be made to the State Civil Service Commission exclusively online at employment.pa.gov.
“The class of trainees is expected to report for training in January 2021 and graduate in the summer of 2021,” the commission explained.
Those applying are required to already have completed Municipal Police Officers Basic Training.
“Successful applicants will complete required physical testing and enter 30 weeks of training conducted at the Stackhouse school located in Bellefonte, Centre County that includes field training alongside seasoned WCOs,” according to the Commission. “Trainees will assist with investigations, patrol regions, participate in public outreach events and stock waterways.”
Interested candidates must also meet other criteria including Pennsylvania residency, possessing a valid driver’s license, be at least 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma or GED and be able to pass a criminal background check.