We are now accepting applications for the position of Maine Game Warden
Opening Date: June 12, 2013 Closing Date: August 9, 2013
For more information see career bulletin: Game Warden (PDF)
Since 1880 Honor - Loyalty - Compassion - Trust
Become a member of our 130 year tradition!
Have you considered a career as a Maine Game Warden?
Let us tell you about the advantages.
- It is challenging! When you go to work, you never know what you will be doing that day. It could be educating the public regarding laws, investigating crimes, finding a lost or missing child, arresting a wanted person, or any one of a thousand other things. There is certainly no routine in this job.
- It is rewarding! If you like to help people, this could be the job for you. You are often called to assist people in a time of crisis. They turn to you for the help and advice they need. You can make a tremendous impact on their lives. You can help a young child learn to stay safe if lost and you can help people make their outdoor experiences safer and more enjoyable. Every day, you will go home knowing that you have made a difference in someone's life.
- It is secure! A job as a Maine Game Warden provides a great deal of security. In addition to job security, the pay is good, the benefits are usually very good, and there is an excellent pension and a career ladder. With a variety of specialty teams, the Maine Warden Service is sure to provide you with a career full of excitement and challenges.
- It is prestigious! Most people trust and respect Maine Game Wardens. As a Game Warden, you will earn respect as a person who enforces the law, protects our natural resources, protects the public, and protects the freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
A career as a Game Warden offers great pay and excellent benefits that include:
- A 25-year retirement system. Wardens retire at 50% of their maximum salary while employees working over 25 years receive an additional 2% of retirement pay for each additional year worked beyond 25 years;
- clothing or uniform allowance
- phone allowance
- overtime opportunities
- law enforcement related college degree incentive
- State paid health and dental benefits
- paid sick leave
- paid vacation leave
- assigned 4X4 vehicle, watercraft, snowmobile, ATV, computer, telephone, GPS, digital camera, and a variety of other clothing and state-of-the-art equipment necessary for out-of-doors law enforcement work. Promotional opportunities based on ability, education and seniority; and each Warden has an opportunity for a wide array of specialized career paths with lateral mobility.
Great Career Opportunities…
- Airboat Operator
- Canine Handler
- Covert Team
- Dive Team
- Division Investigator
- Evidence Response Team
- Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) Instructor
- Forensic Mapping Specialist
- Field Training Officer
- Firearms Instructor
- Honor Guard Member
- Hover Craft Operator
- Incident Management Team Member
- Pilot (Air Wing)
- Police Academy Cadre Member
- Police Academy Instructor
- Warden Academy Instructor
- Whitewater Specialist
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.
Colonel Joel Wilkinson
Maine Warden Service
Meet Our New Wardens
Game Warden Kimberly Bates
I grew up in a small town in the mountains of Western Maine, where at a young age my father passed on his passion for the outdoors. Growing up, our family interests revolved around outdoor activities. I will never forget how much I enjoyed spending time with my family hunting, fishing, or packing up the boat to go spend the weekend camping on an island.
I attended the University of Maine where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Crime, Law, and Deviance, and a minor in Psychology. Throughout college, I worked for commercial rafting companies guiding day and overnight rafting trips on Maine’s Kennebec, Dead, and Penobscot Rivers. Before starting my law enforcement career, I knew that I wanted to further my education by attending graduate school. In 2009 I earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.
I started my law enforcement career with the Wells Police Department as a reserve officer while taking graduate classes. After I completed graduate school, I began working full-time for the Farmington Police Department, and graduated from the 19th Basic Law Enforcement Training Program in 2010. I enjoyed working for a local police department, but I realized that my true interest is outdoor law enforcement, and decided to pursue a career as a Maine Game Warden. I am proud and honored to say that I work for the Maine Warden Service. I look forward to this exciting and challenging new career.
Game Warden Clifford Littlefield
I live in the mid-coast area with my wife and children. Growing up in a large family that worked in the timber industry provided me with a strong appreciation for our very special state and its natural resources. The Maine woods have been the source of both my income and my recreation. I started logging in my teens and continued to do so until being hired by the Warden Service. Logging gave me a chance to learn forest management and enjoy Maine’s wildlife and beauty every day. I have also owned and operated a small concrete business for the past seven years, pouring foundations and slabs.
I am privileged to have been taught the value of hard work and am honored to now serve our state. I am an avid hunter and also a Master Maine Guide. Hunting, fishing and whitewater canoeing with my father, siblings, uncles, and cousins are some of my favorite memories. My wife and I are now enjoying teaching our children the beauty of an active, outdoor lifestyle. As a Maine Game Warden, I hope to promote and encourage others to create such memories for their families and to enjoy and respect the fish and wildlife of Maine.
Game Warden Paul Mason
I am from the small town of Monmouth. Growing up on the Tacoma Lakes, I quickly learned to enjoy the Maine outdoors, particularly fishing, boating, and snowmobiling. I graduated from Monmouth Academy in 2007 and enrolled in Unity College’s Conservation Law Enforcement program. My time at Unity taught me valuable lessons about both law enforcement and Maine’s fish and wildlife. I also had the opportunity to ride along with local Game Wardens and learn more about the profession.
Upon graduating from Unity, I was hired by the Maine State Police. I worked for the State Police for a short time, and I applied to the Maine Warden Service when the opportunity presented itself. I have been assigned to the Chamberlain Lake district, and I look forward to serving the people of Maine and protecting its natural resources.
Game Warden Sarah Miller
My journey towards becoming a Maine Game Warden has been different in some ways. I was born in California, and my parents moved to Maine when I was very young. I grew up in Bar Harbor, and had Acadia National Park as my playground. I was always camping, hiking, bike riding, and anything else I could do outside. But I never had the experiences of hunting or trapping as a kid, and the only memories I have of fishing were throwing dare devil lures off the docks for mackerel.
After graduating from Mount Desert Island High, I went to Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. I graduated in 2005 with a degree in religious studies, and a love for snowboarding. I wasn’t sure what to do at that point, so I worked at a ski resort in western Maine for a few years. It was there I met my current fiancé. He introduced me to hunting and fishing, and I absolutely fell in love with the lifestyle.
I spent a lot of time learning as much as I could about being an outdoorswoman, but something was still missing. I knew that I really wanted to do something with my life that would positively impact the world around me. If I could incorporate the outdoors with that, it would be a dream job. I heard the Warden Service was hiring, and once I looked into it a little, I knew this was the vocation I was looking for. I feel incredibly blessed to be where I am today, surrounded by a new family and an incredible feeling of hope. My journey may have been full of odd twists and turns, but I’ve ended up in a place I truly know I belong, and for that I can’t thank God enough!
Game Warden Seth Powers
I am originally from East Corinth, Maine, but moved when I was a teenager and Graduated from the Wiscasset High School in 2000. I grew up like most other Game Wardens, hunting and fishing with my family and friends. I was a driven outdoorsman at a young age and had a passion for the outdoors. I hoped that I could someday work outside in the environment that I love. I knew at that point that I wanted to be a Maine Game Warden.
I started my law enforcement career with the Scarborough Police Department in 2003 as a reserve officer, and was then hired in 2004 by the Saco Police Department as a full time officer. I graduated from the 7th Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. During my seven years as a Police Officer in Saco I learned countless lessons, and started my law enforcement career off on a great foot. While there I became a Mechanics of Arrest and Control Instructor as well as a Basic Evidence Technician. The experience I gained while working in Saco will be a tool I will use for the rest of my career, and I am fortunate to have it.
I married my wife in 2009, and with her support and encouragement I applied to the Maine Warden Service in 2011, and was hired. I have truly fulfilled a dream by becoming a Maine Game Warden, and I am looking forward to many great years to come.
Game Warden Troy Thibodeau
I have grown up here in Maine enjoying all the outdoor activities that Maine has to offer. Becoming a Maine Game Warden was the only way I could turn my passion for the outdoors into a career.
I graduated from Cony High School in Augusta, Maine in 2000. I went on to receive my B.A. of Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor in 2004. Upon graduation I was able to help articulate a 47 foot Sperm Whale Skeleton for the Nantucket Whaling Museum. My work experience has been primarily wildlife ecology/marine resource management. I performed contract work for NOAA on various fishery related projects and I have had the good fortune of working in the wind parks in Northern Maine. I also worked as a self employed carpenter in between the various biology projects I have worked on.
I was hired by the Warden Service as a Deputy Game Warden in 2010. I was able to work for the department for two seasons before being hired full time in the fall of 2011. It has been a great journey to this point, I have learned much from all my work experiences, and that has helped me get to where I am now.
Game Warden Kris Barboza
I am Warden Kris Barboza and I am married with two children. I have served as a police officer in Massachusetts for the past twelve years. During that time some of my duties included being a D.A.R.E. and Radkids instructor. For the past seven years I served as a K-9 handler for search and rescue purposes. I am also pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
For years, my family and I have enjoyed coming up to our camp in Maine. We have made some great friends and have experienced the beauty and adventures that Maine offers. I have been able to teach my children to respect and enjoy the outdoors just as my father taught me.
Based upon my love of the outdoors as well as my law enforcement experience I felt that being a Maine Game Warden was a perfect fit for me. With hard work and dedication I was fortunate enough to have that dream come true. I now feel that I am blessed with the opportunity to protect the very things that brought my family and I to Maine.
Game Warden Ethan Buuck
Hello, I’m Game Warden Ethan Buuck and my adventures started in the small town of Peru in western Maine. My family and I lived on fifty plus acres that contained every bit of what an outdoorsman would want. I had hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, snowmobiling and whatever else a person could ask for in my back yard. I grew up gaining those outdoor experiences and would develop a passion for the Maine woods and its wildlife.
I left my way of life in Peru, Maine as I started a new life when I entered high school at Maranacook Community High School in Readfield, Maine. Upon graduation from Maranacook in 2005, I enlisted in the United States Coast Guard Reserves. I figured there was no better way to gain a background in law enforcement and serve the county all at once.
It took a year to complete training for the Coast Guard but shortly after, in 2006 I was enrolled at Unity College majoring in Conservation Law Enforcement. While at Unity, between my junior and senior years, I was hired by the Maine Warden Service as a Deputy Game Warden to patrol Sebago Lake for boating safety. I was able to finish my Bachelor of Science degree at Unity College and shortly after graduation in June of 2010 I was hired as a full time Maine Game Warden. If you have a dream, go get it. Never give up.
Game Warden Jonathan Parker
Hi, I’m Game Warden Jonathan Parker. I grew up in the small town of St. Albans with parents Terry and Vicki Parker, and three older brothers Matthew, Jacob, and Joseph. I was very fortunate at a young age to be introduced to the Maine outdoors and what it has to offer. On many occasions, I enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and many other outdoor activities with my family.
I graduated from Nokomis Regional High School in 1996 I graduated from Beal College with an Associates Degree in Conservation Law Enforcement in 1998. I studied and worked hard passing the test to become a Master Maine Guide. At that time I was the youngest person in the state to hold a Guide’s license. I worked part time guiding for other outfitters, and myself, which increased my knowledge of the outdoors greatly. Not only did I get to enjoy the Maine outdoors, I helped many other people enjoy their first outdoor experience. I married my wife Tanya in 2000 and now ten years later we both enjoy our four wonderful children. Being employed as a Maine Game Warden affords me unlimited opportunities to invest in not only their future but the publics to experience some of my fondest memories.
In 2003 I went to work for the Department of Correction, at Mountain View Youth Development Center. I wanted to work toward my goal, and I figured the experience at the jail would benefit me greatly. I spent the next six years at this job. On June 22, 2009, my dream became reality when I was hired by the Maine Warden Service. My advice to you is don’t give up on your dreams because you can make them come true.
Game Warden Dave Ross
I am Game Warden Dave Ross. I am currently assigned to the Fryeburg patrol and will begin working in September, 2010. I have always had a passion for the outdoors, whether that be hunting, fishing or camping. I grew up in the Dresden/Wiscasset area, and was always pursuing some sort of game at a very young age. My step-father was a great role model and teacher in my life, showing me the importance of the natural resources of the state. During one of our hunting excursions, I met the local game warden in my area. I was 13 years old at the time, and immediately fell in love with the job. I knew it at that time, what it was I wanted to do for a career.
I graduated Wiscasset High School in 2002, and left that fall for Unity College. I graduated from Unity in 2006 and was top ten in my class with a Bachelors of Science/Conservation Law Enforcement and received the President’s Award.
In January of 2007, I was hired by the Department of Marine Resources as a Marine Patrol officer. I graduated that May from the 12th Basic Law Enforcement Training Program, and began my Marine Patrol Career in Kennebunkport. I worked for Marine Patrol for just over 3 years, and had a great learning experience with law enforcement and watercraft. They are an exceptional department; however, I never forgot my dream of becoming a game warden. When I heard the Warden Service was hiring, I knew I had to apply. I applied for the Warden Service in the fall of 2009, and accepted a position the following June.
I could not be happier where I am at this point in my life. I have no regrets, only lessons learned. I am 25 years old and through hard work, honesty, and little bit of luck, I managed to land the best job in the world.
Game Warden Eric Rudolph
I aspired to be a Game Warden at a young age, like most Maine Game Wardens. As a child, I was brought up in a family that hunted, fished, and recreated and was taught the importance of ethics and conservation by my father and uncles. Though I grew up in the Ellsworth area, my family frequently spent our summers in my mother’s hometown of Madawaska.
I attended Ellsworth High School, graduating in 2002. After high school, I started to pursue my dream of becoming a Maine Game Warden by attending Unity College. I graduated from Unity in 2006 with a degree in Conservation Law Enforcement and Wildlife. I started working for the Department my sophomore year in college when I was hired as a Wildlife Technician on the bear project. After college, I spent 3 years working in the wildlife division trapping both bear and lynx and collecting bio data on deer. While working for the wildlife division I had the opportunity to live in camps all over the state from Township 36 to Clayton Lake.
I was hired as a Game Warden in June of 2009 and graduated from the 17th Basic Law Enforcement Training Program in December. After graduation, I was assigned to the Brewer patrol for training. I am looking forward to a great career with the Warden Service.
Game Warden Jason Scott
I am Warden Jason Scott. I live in Windham with my wife and step-son. I served in the U.S. Army for eight years. I began my law enforcement career as a part time deputy for the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. I have also worked for the Machias Police Department, Cutler Navy Base Police, and Windham Police Department. I have experience as a Dive Team member, an Urban Rifle Instructor, and a Pistol Instructor for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.
I enjoy the outdoors by hunting, fishing and four wheeling. With the support and encouragement from my wife, I applied. The Maine Warden Service has always been a dream of mine which has finally come true. There is no better way to combine my love for the outdoors and love of law enforcement than to become a Game Warden. I am looking forward to the new and unique challenges of being a Game Warden.
Game Warden Andrew Smart
My name is Andrew Smart. I have always enjoyed the outdoor activities that the state of Maine has to offer. I was most interested in becoming a Game Warden because I believe in the importance of protecting and conserving our state’s natural resources for future generations.
My previous education includes the following: I graduated from Skowhegan Area High School in 2005 and went on to receive my B.S. degree in Conservation Law Enforcement from Unity College in 2009. I am a graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s 17th Basic Law Enforcement Training Program.
Before becoming a Game Warden, I worked for the town of Old Orchard Beach as a reserve officer. In addition, I worked both full-time and part-time hours at the Skowhegan Police Department. I also worked as a Deputy for the Warden Service before being hired as a full-time Game Warden in August, 2009. I am currently assigned to the Clayton Lake district.
Game Warden Scott Stevens
When I joined the ranks of the Warden Service, it was as if I had arrived at a much-desired destination after a long journey. My interest in the Warden Service was sparked by my passion for Maine’s outdoors and its natural resources, which was started in my youth and has never left me. My outdoors background was strong in hunting, fishing and trapping.
My educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine. I rode with some game wardens and applied once in the early 1990s but was not hired at that time. My interest in the Warden Service meanwhile led me into a career in law enforcement. I was a police officer for the town of Rangeley for three years and I was a Maine State trooper for the past 14 years. In 2005, I had the honor of being named Maine’s Trooper of the Year. I am proud of my service there and gained valuable training, experience, and friendships over that time.
In my brief time with the Warden Service, it has been continually reaffirmed that this was the right career move for me. I am excited to be a part of this team and look forward to doing and seeing things that only a Maine Game Warden has the opportunity to see.