Live the Law Enforcement Legend of Being a Texas Game Warden

Live the Law Enforcement Legend of Being a Texas Game Warden

Applications now being accepted for 61st game warden cadet class

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is building its next generation of elite state law enforcement officers with the 61st Texas Game Warden Cadet class. Applications are open now through April 30.

“We are excited for the opportunity to welcome and train the next generation of Texas game wardens, and we encourage everyone who is interested to apply,” said Col. Craig Hunter, TPWD Law Enforcement Director. “Since 1895, Texas game wardens have protected the people of Texas through professional law enforcement services that include land, water and air patrols; search and rescue; and tactical operations, all while working to conserve and protect the natural resources of our state.”

Applicants must be 21 years old prior to entering the academy in January 2017 and have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to Sept. 1, 2016. Applicants must also undergo a preliminary interview, background investigation and physical skills tests focusing on agility and swimming. Persons interested in strengthening their swimming skills should contact the American Red Cross to take a swimming course.

All cadets are required to live at the Game Warden Training Center near Hamilton, Texas, for the duration of the 30-week training period.

After graduation, 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.

Candidates can apply online. Applications are due April 30.

For more information, check the game warden website or contact Texas game warden recruiters Lt. Kevin Malonson at and game warden Eric Howard at, or call 877-229-2733.