Game Warden Trainee (Cadet)

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Austin, Texas

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details 4,021.25
Deadline Nov 30, 2023
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

TPWD - Game Warden Trainee (Cadet)  (00036496) 


Primary Location: Texas-Hamilton 

Work Locations: 


4363 FM 1047 

 Hamilton 76531

Job: Protective Service 

Employee Status: Regular 

Schedule: Full-time Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00 

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time 

State Job Code: 9980  

Salary Admin Plan: C 

Grade: 01 English (Base) 

Salary (Pay Basis): 4,021.25 - 4,021.25 (Monthly) 

Number of Openings: 30 

Overtime Status: Non-exempt 

Job Posting: Nov 1, 2023, 12:00:00 AM 

Closing Date: Nov 30, 2023, 11:59:00 PM 


To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


All applications must contain complete job histories, which includes job title, dates of employment (month/year) and hours worked per week, name of employer, supervisor's name and phone number and a description of duties performed. 

Job history and volunteer experience should be listed in the work history section of the application to receive credit towards meeting the minimum requirements.  Part-time experience credit is prorated based on the duration and hours worked per week.  Please indicate hours worked for part-time/temporary/seasonal experience. If this information is not submitted, your application will be considered incomplete.

Applications with “See attached" or "See resume" will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.  Omission of data can be the basis for disqualification; you may state ‘unknown’ for any incomplete fields. If education is used to meet the minimum requirements of the job posting, a copy of a college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be provided if you are selected for an interview. 


APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED THROUGH WORK IN TEXAS:  Work In Texas (WIT) applicants must complete the supplemental questions to be considered for the posting. To complete the supplemental questions, go to CAPPS Recruit to register or login. CAPPS Recruit, https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en  


Job Classification


Military Specialty

Game Warden (all levels)


11A, 11B, 11C, 11Z, 18A, 18B, 18F, 18Z, 31A, 31B, 31D, 31K, 31Z, 35L, 35M, 180A, 311A, 351L, 351M

Game Warden (all levels)


GM, MA, SB, SO, 113X, 615X, 649X, 715X, 717X, 749X

Game Warden (all levels)

Coast Guard

INV, MLES, OAF10, OAF10, OAP10, OAP12, OAP14, OAR10, OAR13, OAR17, SEI18

Game Warden (all levels)

Marine Corps

0300, 0311, 0313, 0317, 0321, 0324, 0331, 0341, 0370, 5803, 5805

Game Warden (all levels)

Air Force

1N0X1, 1Z4X1, 3P0X1, 7S0X1, 14NX, 19ZK, 31PX, 71SX

*More information on military occupational specialty codes can be found below:

https://www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/MOC/ https://hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MilitaryCrosswalkGuide.pdf

MILITARY EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE:  If you choose to claim military employment preference as outlined by the State of Texas, you must complete the TPWD Military Employment Preference Survey and attach this form and required documentation referenced on this form at the time your application is submitted. If you have questions regarding this requirement, please visit our Military Employment Reference page at https://tpwd.texas.gov/jobs/veterans/

Required forms that will need to be attached with application for Military Employment Preference:

  • Veteran- DD214 showing honorable discharge.
  • Surviving spouse of a veteran who has not remarried- Marriage Certificate and DD Form 1300 or appropriate documentation.
  • Orphan of a veteran killed while on active duty- Birth Certificate and DD Form 1300 or appropriate documentation.
  • Spouse of a member of the US Armed Forces/Texas National Guard serving on Active Duty- Marriage Certificate and copy of spouses active duty military orders.
  • Spouse of a veteran with disability and is the primary income for household- Marriage Certificate, Veterans DD214, and VA Benefits Summary Letter showing disability rating.

Documentation must be attached to the application before military preference can be granted.


Texas Parks and Wildlife offers a variety of benefits for employees such as generous paid time off, group insurance, retirement and pension, and frequent training and staff development opportunities.  Other benefits include longevity pay, merit pay, deferred compensation, flexible benefit plans, 401K/457 retirement plans, direct deposit,  telework, staggered work hours, Employee Assistance Program and a Return to Work Program. For new employees or rehires, health insurance is available the 1st of the following month after a 60-day waiting period. Click HERE to view our Benefits page.

HIRING CONTACT: Major Jason Bussey, (325) 948-3301

PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: TPWD Game Warden Training Center, 4363, FM 1047, Hamilton, TX 76531


The Game Warden Cadet will be educated on tactics and subjects related to the duties of a Game Warden and must be able to comprehend, demonstrate knowledge, and apply skills obtained from subjects as they relate to the enforcement of all provisions of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, Texas Penal Code and relevant provisions of other Texas laws.  The Game Warden Cadet will receive instruction on providing testimony in court and administrative hearings and executing and serving all criminal processes resulting from enforcement activities; providing public safety and emergency management functions including working in response to natural disasters and in homeland security operations; safeguarding departmental equipment; preparing reports of activities and presenting programs concerning department activities to the public; conducting investigations of holders of permits and licenses issued by the department; maintaining contact with landowners, resource users and the general public; and assisting other law enforcement agencies as needed.  Works under close supervision, with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.  Performs additional duties as assigned.  Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.



Age:  Must be 21 years of age by October 1, 2024 

Education:  Must have successfully completed and conferred a Bachelor’s level degree from an accredited college or university by January 1, 2024.   

CitizenshipMust be a citizen of the United States.

Work Eligibility:   Federal law requires that all new employees present original documents that establishes identity and U.S. employment eligibility.  These documents must be presented at the time of employment.

License:  Must possess a valid State driver's license.

Peace Officer License:

  • Applicant must not have had a commission license denied by final order or revoked or have a voluntary surrender of a license currently in effect.
  • All applicant must meet the minimum peace officer licensing standards outlined in Chapter 217 of the TCOLE Rule Handbook. 

Military Service:

  • Applicants that have received a dishonorable discharge, not eligible for re-entry service or whose discharge from military service was for ineptitude, unsuitability, undesirability or like causes will be rejected.
  • Applicants that possess a honorable discharge, reentry code 4, general discharge under honorable conditions are eligible to apply.  Applicants with military service must submit a copy of their most current military history form (DD-214 Member-4 Copy or NGB-22) with required forms during the application process.


NOTE: Applicants that pass the PRT and accept the Guardian Alliance Technologies (Guardian) invitation will advance in the selection process.   

Accepting the Guardian Alliance Technologies (Guardian) invitation allows Texas Parks and Wildlife the ability to view your Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ).  If you fail to complete this step it will prohibit your advancement in the hiring process. The PHQ must be completed before your regional interview board.

Applicant will be subjected to, and must successfully pass, a thorough and comprehensive background investigation prior to appointment to a cadet position. The applicant must be of good moral character and not have any of the following incidents in their criminal history:

o    a conviction for any Felony or Class A Misdemeanor offense at any time (Deferred Adjudication is defined as a conviction);

o    a conviction for any Class B Misdemeanor offense within 10 years prior to the date of application time (Deferred Adjudication is defined as a conviction), which includes convictions for DWI (driving while intoxicated), DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) and BWI (boating while intoxicated), never have been convicted of any family violence offense, currently on court-ordered community supervision, and/or probation or parole for any criminal offense above the grade of Class C Misdemeanor.

Schedule C:

  • Applicants currently holding Schedule C positions with another state agency in Texas, who meet all minimum qualifications, are selected and complete the Game Warden Academy will return to their current Schedule C salary position after 1 year of satisfactory performance in the field.

Drug Use:

  • Applicant must have no current illegal drug use, within the past 2 years from the start date of the application process.  Illegal drug use is the use of a drug that is considered illegal in Texas. For Example: Marijuana use in some states is legal, but illegal in Texas.  So, if you used marijuana in those states, TPWD will consider that as illegal drug use. This also includes the use of prescribed drugs used in an illegal manner.

Psychological Condition:

  • Applicants that receive a conditional job offer must be examined by a TPWD designated licensed psychologist or psychiatrist and be declared to be in satisfactory psychological and emotional health for law enforcement duty prior to employment and the issuance of a peace officer license.

Physical Condition:

  • Applicant must be examined by a TPWD designated physician licensed by the Texas Medical Board and be declared to be able to physically perform the duties of a game warden cadet prior to employment.


  • Applicant must meet the minimal standard with or without hearing aids of 35 decibels or better in each of the following four frequencies: 500, 1000, 2000 and 3000Hz; to include long distance, directional and voice conversation hearing.


  • Uncorrected visual acuity must be at least 20/100 (both eyes) for those who wear glasses or hard contact lenses;
  • Wearers of soft contact lenses are exempt from uncorrected visual acuity. If you wear contact lenses, you must wear them during the medical exam;
  • Corrected visual acuity should be at least 20/20 (both eyes) and 20/40 (each eye);
  • Applicant must have uninterrupted peripheral vision of 140 degrees or better, have night vision, and be able to distinguish red and green colors.

Physical Readiness:

The application process to become a Texas Game Warden is very competitive, and only the top qualified applicants will be selected to attend the Texas Game Warden Academy.

All Game Warden Cadets accepted to attend the academy must pass the entrance physical readiness test at the minimum 70 percentile on the first day of the academy. Game Warden Cadets not passing the entrance physical readiness test at the minimum requirement will have their conditional job offer rescinded and will be sent home. Cadets sent home due to not passing the entrance physical readiness test or who resign from the Game Warden Academy will be required to reapply and complete the application process again if the applicant wishes to attend a future Game Warden Academy.

NOTE: Before being allowed to take the physical readiness tests, the applicant will be required to provide a description of the test to a physician and obtain written medical clearance.

Applicant must successfully complete a physical readiness test, which includes the following activities:

2,000 meter row: This test will be conducted on a Concept 2 Rower.

  • Applicants must achieve, at minimum, the 70th percentile V02 max;
  • Rowing time limits will be individualized and calculated based upon age, weight, and gender;
  • Each rower will be set at 2,000 meters with the damper set on level 5.

o    Indoor Rowing Machine Technique - How to use Concept2 Rowers

o    *To calculate individual row times, use this link

Handgun Stability Test:

Complete five consecutive dry fire trigger pulls with the index finger in the standing position, with both the left and right hand, holding the barrel with a 5-inch ring without touching the sides of the ring. While holding the handgun with both hands, the applicant must transition to the kneeling position and dry fire the pistol five times while holding the barrel inside a 5-inch ring without touching the sides of the ring. After the exercise is complete, the applicant is required to return to the standing position and using both hands, pull the slide to the rear locked position therefore displaying a safe weapon.

Swim Test:

Applicants must fall backwards into the pool and tread water for 1 minute (body upright treading water not merely floating), without touching the sides or the bottom of the pool. After the 1-minute water tread, applicants will be required to swim 100 meters within 3 minutes. Any stroke may be used. Applicants will be allowed to push off the vertical part of the wall under the water line on each end of the pool or use a flip turn. Applicants will not be allowed to do the following:

  • Touch or hold the horizontal edge of the pool;
  • Touch the bottom of the pool;
  • Hold onto any pool lane markers.

NOTE: Applicant needs to be mentally and physically capable of submerging themselves underwater.

Applicant must successfully complete ALL components of the physical readiness test on the assigned day of testing. Since all activities must be completed in one (1) day, applicants should consider some form of advance preparation for this test. Applicants are encouraged to seek professional medical advice prior to beginning a regimen of physical activity to prepare for this test. Individuals selected for cadet positions will be required to again meet these standards at the beginning of the cadet class.

NOTE: Before being allowed to take the physical readiness tests the applicant will be required to provide a description of the test to a physician and obtain a written medical clearance.


  • Knowledge of State and Federal statutes and regulations related to wildlife and natural resource enforcement, the Texas Penal Code, the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and TPWD policies and procedures;
  • Skill in using MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in using appropriate interpersonal skills;
  • Skill in making decisions and using discretion appropriately;
  • Skill in preparing and completing all required agency and investigative reports;
  • Skill in making independent, sound and timely decisions;
  • Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department, other State agencies and organizations;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Ability to conduct affairs with integrity and personal accountability;
  • Ability to learn and apply new techniques and concepts;
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude in adverse conditions;
  • Ability to follow directions;
  • Ability to be service minded;
  • Ability to patrol land and public water for hunting, sport and commercial fishing, boating, water safety, and other natural resource conservation violations;
  • Ability to take enforcement action when law violations are observed, reported, or suspected;
  • Ability to lawfully use physical force, including lawful deadly force on another person;
  • Ability to enforce the statutes and laws of the Texas Penal Code and other relevant state statutes;
  • Ability to secure, search, and process crime scenes for evidence and contraband;
  • Ability to assist local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies;
  • Ability to provide assistance and respond to calls from the public;
  • Ability to work with local landowners, sports groups, and other constituents;
  • Ability to prepare and submit investigative reports, arrest and case reports, citations, dispositions, warrants, and other records related to enforcement activities, programs and operations;
  • Ability to testify in court, administrative hearings, and other official proceedings;
  • Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.


  • Required to respond to emergency situations;
  • Required to stay awake for extended periods of time; 
  • Required to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program;
  • Required to travel 20% with possible overnight stays;
  • Required to operate a State vehicle;
  • Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.

Station Assignment:

  • Must be willing and able to accept assignment anywhere in the State of Texas upon graduation from academy training and commissioning as a Texas Game Warden;

Assignments will be made where vacancies exist statewide and shall be made in the best interest of the department. Duty Station assignments are given to applicants before the completion of academy training period. However, the cadets must successfully complete the academy as a condition of placement in their duty assignment.

Work Schedule:

  • Must be willing and able to: work state and federal holidays; work hours other than 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with days off other than Saturday and Sunday; are subject to call 24 hours a day, seven days a week;
  • Cadets may be required to work over 8 hours per day.

Overtime Compensation:

  • In accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, the department uses a system of compensatory time off in lieu of overtime payment, at a rate of 1.5 hours of compensatory time for every hour physically worked over 40 hours in a workweek.

Work Environment:

  • Cadets and Game Wardens work extensively out-of-doors, during inclement and sometimes hazardous weather conditions, during natural disasters and under other possibly dangerous conditions. At times, wardens and cadets are required to work in highly stressful situations that may be hazardous to their health and safety, which could include working with people who are injured, violent, emotionally upset or otherwise pose a danger.

Dress Code:

  • Cadets and Game Wardens are required to wear a prescribed uniform and adhere to established dress and grooming standards. Uniforms include equipment such as firearms and other defensive equipment. Commissioned personnel on duty and in uniform will maintain a neat and clean appearance according to the Law Enforcement General Orders and academy rules and regulations to include:

o    Hair for both male and female officers in uniform, must be of natural color and in length and style;

o    No tattoos from the neck and above, to include any part of the head are allowed. Commissioned personnel with tattoo markings, if visible or exposed, that are of an offensive manner or nature, while in uniform.

  • Employees must be neat and clean in their appearance in public, whether in or out of uniform. Therefore, applicants with tattoos, brandings, and/or body piercings in areas of the body which cannot be covered by the appropriate dress required of this position will be disqualified, if they are not removed by the date of their background interview. Such markings may not be concealed in any manner, including make-up or bandages. Further, tattoos or brandings anywhere on the body that promote racism/discrimination, indecency, extremist or supremacist philosophies, gang affiliation or lawlessness, violence, or contain sexually explicitly material are prohibited. Applicants with gauged earlobes will also be disqualified if not corrected by the start date of the academy.


  • Cadets will be required to live at the Game Warden Training Center near Hamilton, Texas, for the duration of the training period, approximately 33 weeks. All rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the Academy must be followed while in residence.


  • An emolument will be taken from cadets for food services while at the Game Warden Training Center.



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