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

(Experienced Police Officer)


  • 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:

  • Two-year college degree
  • Two years full time law enforcement experience
  • Current CJTC commission or equivalent



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

See disqualifiers >>

  • If you are a lateral officer whose state certification is recognized by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center (CJTC), you do not have to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
  • If you are a lateral officer whose state certification is not recognized as equivalent, you will have to complete the CJTC Equivalency Academy.
  • If you are a lateral officer who has successfully completed an academy program in another state, you will have to complete the CJTC Equivalency Academy
  • All lateral officers are required to complete one month of in-house training at WDFW Enforcement Headquarters in Olympia.
  • All lateral officers will complete a 12-week (minimum) Field Training Officer (FTO) program within their assigned detachment before gaining independent status. Lateral officers remain on probationary status for one year after completion of the FTO program.

Hiring Process



  • Chief’s Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Conditional Job Offer
  • Psychological, Polygraph, Medical (including drug screening)
Salary and Benefits
Lateral Application Packet
Lateral Candidate Study Guide

WDFW Police Officers

WDFW Police marine patrol

WDFW Police officer receives his commission from the Chief

WDFW Police fishing catch check WDFW Police public safety - using Karelian Bear Dog to harass a black bear WDFW Police AIS boat inspection checkpoint
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer.