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TPWD News Release — March 17, 2008

Applications Being Taken for Game Warden Academy

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is taking applications for a game warden cadet class scheduled to start Nov. 1, 2008. Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2008.*

It is anticipated that up to 55 cadets will be accepted into the 54th Game Warden Academy, which will begin its seven-month training in November**.  More than 400 people applied for the 40 positions in the previous cadet class that will graduate in May.

Game warden recruiters say they are particularly interested in receiving applications from persons who are bilingual in Spanish and English. Bilingual game wardens receive additional pay of $50 per month.

Applicants must be 21 years old on or before October 2008 and have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. The degree requirement must be met prior to Sept. 1, 2008.

To be accepted, applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements and successfully complete a regional interview, an extensive background investigation, and a physical agility test held in Austin. Applicants must successfully complete each step before advancing to the next step.

After graduation, the new game wardens will be assigned to vacant stations throughout Texas with the responsibility of protecting the state’s natural resources. Game wardens also protect lives by enforcing the Water Safety Act and conducting standard peace officer duties.

Applications and more information on requirements and compensation may be obtained on the TPWD Web site or from TPWD Law Enforcement offices.

For additional information contact game warden recruiter Royce Wells at 1-877-229-2733.

* Correction, March 20, 2008: The dates in the original release have been revised. The dates are now correct. (Return to corrected item.)

** Correction, March 24, 2008: The starting month of the academy has been changed to match the correction above.. (Return to corrected item.)

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