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Environmental Police Officer to the rescue!

Environmental Police Officer to the rescue!

If you love the outdoors and have an interest in activities like hunting and fishing,  , there is a career option that may be perfect for you. A Massachusetts Environmental Police Officer enforces all general laws of the Commonwealth that pertaining to the protection of natural resources, wetlands, waterways and both commercial and recreational outdoor activities.

The MA Environmental Police force is divided into six bureaus, including Coastal Enforcement, Inland Enforcement, Boat/RV/Snowmobile Registration, Boat and Recreation Vehicle Safety, Marine Theft and Environmental Crimes. All bureaus keep current with changes in law and policies, investigate accidents, perform search and rescue operations and operate enforcement tools, among other things.

One of the first steps to becoming an Environmental Police Officer is taking the Civil Service Exam. This exam is part of a merit system in the Commonwealth, under which state and municipal employees may be hired and promoted. The following link will guide you to instructions and schedules of the Civil Service Exam: http://www.mass.gov/anf/employment-equal-access-disability/civil-serv-info/exam-info/

To become an Environmental Police Officer, applicants  must have have a high school diploma (or equivalent certificate) approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education and have at least two years experience in an environmental field of management or conservation enforcement or have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in a science-related field.

Environmental Police Officers hold many responsibilities that pertain to order to keeping the state’s natural resource safe. The job is most appealing for those who love what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ great outdoors has to offer.  Stay tuned for an upcoming blog series on several Environmental police Officers and what their job entails!

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Senior at Suffolk University (undergrad) studying Government and Environmental Studies. Originally from Vermont. Hobbies include scaling mountains and trees, as well as cooking. Interested in being part of a global power switch. Would like to be involved somehow with energy policy.

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