Press Release

June 28, 2013

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR MAINE GAME WARDEN

**To download an application, please visit mainegamewarden.com...good luck!

Career Opportunity Bulletin

GAME WARDEN

CODE: 951100 PAY GRADE: 20 ($17.51 – 23.21/hr.)* Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 17.26% of pay Value of State-paid Dental Insurance: $13.69 biweekly Value* of State-paid Health Insurance: Level 1: 100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing): $363.77 biweekly Level 2: 95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%): $345.58 biweekly Level 3: 90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%): $327.39 biweekly Level 4: 85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%): $309.20 biweekly

*Salary includes a $0.85 per hour Market Pay Adjustment.

OPENING DATE: June 12, 2013 CLOSING DATE: August 9, 2013

The Maine Warden Service has a proud history that dates back to 1880. At the core of our bureau’s history stand the men and women who perform our important work. It is of critical importance that we continue to take great care in selecting new game wardens. We must select an individual who can take on the inherent dangers of the job while representing the State of Maine as a courteous, genuine, consummate professional. In the coming months, we will again be looking for that candidate who has the appropriate skill sets, practical experience, and attitude to be a positive, productive employee. What are the skill sets and experience required?

The foundation by which a good candidate is built can be summed up quickly; a hardworking, positive, good person with a will to succeed in all he/she does. Beyond that is the need to find candidates who have good life experience, sound judgment, and a strong moral character. Peel back the layers further and that person must have a strong understanding of the outdoors to include hunting and fishing, recreational vehicles, and the desire to work outdoors in a law enforcement role. Although not a requirement, some candidates chose to go to college. Degree types range from law enforcement to more generic studies such as business, biology, or psychology.

As sworn, trained police officers we must identify those well suited for law enforcement work. No different than any other police agency, we cannot employ those with extensive or prohibitive criminal backgrounds. The hiring process itself can take as long as six months from initial application submission to becoming hired. We include a very comprehensive oral board exam that covers a wide spectrum of relevant topics. This exam tests a candidates practical knowledge of outdoor related items, provides an opportunity to sell themselves in a traditional style interview, and engages them with “what if?” scenarios to see first-hand how they process complicated, real life situations. Additionally, all candidates submit a typed essay on a topic provided on test day. It is then reviewed by the Maine Department of Education to be sure the candidate has adequate writing skills and computer knowledge. Those who successfully complete the oral board exam will undergo a comprehensive background investigation as well as polygraph, psychological, and physical exams.

After careful consideration, those who rise to the top are provided with an offer of employment and must then complete both the 18-week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP) ant the Advanced Warden Academy (12-weeks) in Vassalboro. You must be age 21 to apply. If you have 60 college credits, you are eligible to apply at age 20. We have no age limit restrictions. You do NOT need to be a Maine resident to apply.

Why all this? In order for us to carry out the important role of game warden, we must have the respect and trust of the public. Our success comes from the relationships we have built and the trust we have earned. We take great measures to ensure this is not compromised.

Corporal John MacDonald Maine Warden Service

Questions? Please contact: john.macdonald@maine.gov