DUTIES: Under general supervision from Environmental Police Officers or others of higher grade:  enforces all general laws of the Commonwealth focusing on the protection of natural resources, wetlands, and waterways, commercial and recreational outdoor activities, and federal laws pertaining to the protection of the Commonwealth’s natural resources; investigates accidents and/or fatalities involving hunting, boating, and recreational vehicles; performs basic maintenance and upkeep and operates motor vehicles, motorboats, snowmobiles, off road vehicles, and related safety equipment; operates electronic equipment; operates enforcement tools, such as handguns, shotguns, chemical immobilizers, chemical weapons, batons, flashlights, and handcuffs; operates personal computers and mobile data terminals; files reports, issues citations, and keeps current with changes in law and polices; conducts patrols, boardings, surveillance, and inspections of commercial and recreational boats, off road vehicles, snowmobiles, and all respective dealers and establishments for compliance with related state and federal statutes and regulations; performs search, rescue, and recovery operations.

SALARY: Inquiries concerning salary should be directed to the appointing authority at the time of the employment interview.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:  As of the date of appointment, candidates must:

1. have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education;

2. have at least two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or para-professional experience in wildlife or fisheries conservation or management, natural resources conservation or management, biological or environmental science, forestry, ecology, marine science, conservation law enforcement or related field, or any equivalent combination of such experience and the substitutions below:  

Substitutions:

• An Associate's degree in environmental science, biology, oceanography, ecology, natural resource management, wildlife management, fisheries management, forestry, conservation law enforcement or related field, may be substituted for one year of the required experience on the basis of two years of education* for one year of experience.
• A Bachelor’s or higher degree in environmental science, biology, oceanography, ecology, natural resource management, wildlife management, fisheries management, forestry, conservation law enforcement, or related field may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of two years of education* for one year of experience.

*One year of education equals 30 semester hours or its equivalent.  Education toward a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

3. be at least 21 years of age (pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 467 of the Acts of 2004).

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:

Academy Training:  All candidates appointed as a full-time Environmental Police Officer A/B as a result of a civil service examination will be required to successfully complete police academy training approved by the Municipal Police Training Committee.

Additional Training:  All candidates appointed as a full-time Environmental Police Officer A/B as a result of a civil service examination will be required to successfully complete a Certified Lifesaving or Advanced Lifesaving program administered by the American Red Cross or YMCA, as approved by the Office of Law Enforcement, Massachusetts Environmental Police, during the probation period.

Character:  No person who has been convicted of a felony shall be appointed as an Environmental Police Officer A/B. A candidate may be disqualified for evidence of character clearly unsuited for police services.

Firearms Permit:  A candidate must qualify for a Class A License to Carry Firearms.

Driver's License:  A candidate must possess a valid Massachusetts Class D motor vehicle operator's license prior to appointment.

FOR UPCOMING EXAMINATION INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT MASSACHUSETTS CIVIL SERVICE AT:  Civil Service Exams