WDFW PoliceWashington Department of Fish & Wildlife
WDFW PoliceEnforcement
Entry Level
Lateral Officer
Salary & Benefits

Entry Level
(No Prior Law Enforcement Experience)


  • U.S. citizen
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Ability to read and speak the English language
  • No felony convictions
  • At least 20/40 vision (corrected or uncorrected)
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid Washington Driverís License

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (natural resource science or criminal justice preferred)
  • Two-year college degree + 2 years paid, full-time natural resource experience
  • Two-year college degree + three years active military duty within the last nine years


Certain past actions can disqualify you from becoming a Fish and Wildlife Officer.

See disqualifiers >>

  • Entry level officers are required to attend the 720-hour Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center.
  • Upon graduation from BLEA, entry level officers are required to complete one month of in-house training at WDFW Enforcement Headquarters in Olympia.
  • Upon completion of in-house training, entry level officers are required to complete a 12-week (minimum) Field Training Officer (FTO) program within their assigned detachment before gaining independent status.
  • Entry level officers remain on probationary status for one year after completion of the FTO program.

Hiring Process



  • Oral Board
  • Eligibility List (must score minimum of 70% in all areas to be placed on list)
  • Background Investigation
  • Conditional Job Offer
  • Psychological, Polygraph, Medical (including drug screening)
Testing and Preparation Information
Prepare for the Oral Board
10 Desirable
Candidate Attributes
Physical Ability Test
Public Safety Testing
Salary and Benefits

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer.