Published On: Tue, Jun 28th, 2016

How to Become an Environmental Police Officer in Massachusetts

Did you know that the beginnings of the Massachusetts Environmental Police can be traced all the way back to the 1600s?

Early colonists saw the need for laws and regulations regarding fish, wildlife, and natural resource protection.

Today, environmental police officers, also known as a game wardens, conservation officers, or natural resource officers continue the traditions of one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. Their mission is to protect Massachusetts’ environment and natural resources through enforcement, education, and public outreach. Officers are also charged with protecting the health, safety, and individual rights of the public and preserving our environment for future generations.

If you can see yourself succeeding in an exciting, fast-paced role in an organization that’s rich in history, consider becoming an environmental police officer.

Apply for the 2016 Environmental Police Civil Service Exam

The Civil Service Unit of the Human Resources Division (HRD) is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Environmental Police Officer Examination. Those who pass the exam will become the pool of applicants eligible for environmental police officer vacancies in the Massachusetts Environmental Police.

To become an environmental police officer, you must be at least 21 years old at the time of your appointment. You must also meet certain qualifications to become an environmental police officer, including having a high school diploma or equivalency certificate and sufficient work experience or higher education. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

If you’re interested in applying to become an environmental police officer, keep these important dates in mind:

  • Aug. 15 — The initial application deadline for the civil service exam, with an application fee of $100.
  • Aug. 29 — The last day to register for the 2016 environmental police officer exam, with an additional late fee of $50. Applications received after this date will not be accepted, so apply soon.
  • Sep. 17 — The date of the written civil service exam, held at various sites across the Commonwealth. Check the exam schedule for more details.

Once you’ve applied, check out this helpful reading list to study for the exam.

Makeup Civil Service Exams for Current Military Personnel

If you are on active duty in the military and have orders that conflict with the test date, you can take a makeup exam. To do this, you must:

  • File an application and processing fee with a copy of your military orders attached
  • Request a makeup exam in writing

Becoming an Environmental Police Officer

As an environmental police officer, one day you might find yourself patrolling the Commonwealth’s inland or coastal waters, enforcing boating and recreational vehicle laws and regulations. The next day, you could be patrolling a state forest on a 4×4 to enforce fish and game laws.

Environmental police officers also spend a considerable amount of time educating the public about wildlife and natural resource protection — whether it’s by talking to folks while you’re on patrol or through formal classroom and civic presentations.

Sound exciting? Then help protect the Bay State’s natural resources and beauty — apply for the environmental police officer exam today.

For more information on how to become an environmental police officer and other civil service exams, visit or email the Civil Service Unit at

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