The Law Enforcement Division of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Department will being training up to 30 cadets in July of this year.

The additions will be adding to the ranks of agents that will be available in the filed.

LDWF says there are openings in a variety of parishes:

  • Desoto
  • Claiborne
  • Red River
  • Madison
  • Jackson
  • Lincoln
  • Winn
  • Two for Sabine
  • LaSalle
  • Iberville
  • Iberia
  • Allen
  • Beauregard
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Two for Cameron
  • Two for Vermilion
  • Jefferson
  • West Feliciana
  • St. Charles
  • Orleans
  • Two for St. Bernard
  • Plaquemines
  • Natchitoches
  • Pointe Coupee
  • St. John
  • Ascension

The program is six months long, and it includes intensive physcial along with academic training at the department facility at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham says,

"An LDWF enforcement agent has a tremendous responsibility, protecting Louisiana's rich natural resources, and those who enjoy those resources, whether in the field or on the water.And those responsibilities extend to response efforts during natural disasters when citizens need assistance in impacted areas."

Cadets will learn how to enforce:

  • The state's recreational boating laws
  • The state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws
  • General law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas

In addition to the above training, agents will be trained in search and rescue as they will often be called on for that type of work under the Governor's Office of Homeland Security.

So how do you find out more information?  Applicants can apply online the Department of Civil Service here and look for “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet” and LEAPS testing application information.

For more information including a video about becoming an LDWF agent, please click here.