Waterways Conservation Officer Trainee

Employment Opportunity
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is currently recruiting individuals to apply for the Waterways Conservation Officer Trainee job title, which will be open for application through the PA State Civil Service Commission between May 14 and June 28, 2014.
Nature of Work
You will receive 21 weeks of training in law enforcement principles and practices which meet the standards of the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Act (Act 120 training) conducted by a contracted certified training institution. An additional 31 week training period includes 19 weeks of classroom training conducted by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission at the H.R. Stackhouse School of Fisheries Conservation and Watercraft Safety in Bellefonte, Centre County; and approximately 12 weeks of field training assignments in various regions of the state under the direction of experienced field training officers. During the field training assignments, you will perform the actual duties and carry out the responsibilities of the job under the supervision of an assigned training officer. The classroom training covers fish and boat laws and regulations; law enforcement procedures and practices; watercraft safety; environmental protection; fish propagation; fisheries biology and conservation; weapons use; physical training; public relations and public speaking.
You must successfully meet established minimum training standards and complete all academic and physical components of the Act 120 Training Program for continued employment as a Waterways Conservation Officer Trainee during the training program. The training program is conducted under close supervision according to strict rules and established performance standards. Failure to meet the training programs standards will be considered sufficient reason for dismissal from the program at any time.
After successful completion of all training components and promotion to Waterways Conservation Officer, you will be assigned to a law enforcement district in the Commonwealth and be required to perform specialized law enforcement work in fisheries conservation and watercraft safety under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Typical duties include patrolling by foot, car and boat to detect violators; pursuing and apprehending violators; issuing citations or field acknowledgement receipts; serving warrants; presenting evidence at hearings and court proceedings; investigating water pollution and encroachment incidents; investigating boat accidents; and stocking fish. You will make public appearances to conduct educational classes or provide information to the public. You will assist with coordinating the work of a staff of Deputy Waterways Conservation Officers.
You are subject to Pennsylvania residency requirements and must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Visit the Commissions website, Job Seekers page, for PA Residency Information.
You must meet the minimum physical and reading ability standards established by the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Act for entrance into the Act 120 Training Program. In addition, you will be required to pass a drug test. Prior to appointment, background, employment history, credit history, driving history, criminal history and character investigations will be conducted; any offer of employment is conditional upon passing the required medical, psychological, vision, physical, strength, agility, and swimming tests.
You will be required to wear a uniform and carry a firearm while on duty.
Waterways Conservation Officers work long and varied hours, including holidays and weekends. The job has other unusual and demanding conditions, which are listed below. Read these conditions and think carefully about each one. By submitting your completed Application for Employment/Promotion, you indicate that you understand and accept these conditions of employment. If you are unable or unwilling to accept ALL the conditions, do not apply.
You must be willing to accept the following CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
1. You must be willing to reside at the training sites for a minimum of 40 weeks, and at various field assignment locations for 12 more weeks.
2. You must be willing to patrol assigned areas alone to detect violations of the law; issue citations to violators; and confront, arrest and become involved in physical confrontations with violators, some of whom may be armed.
3. You must be able to work independently, without daily supervision; complete paperwork and meet regular deadlines and established performance standards.
4. You must be willing to move to your assigned area anywhere in the State including the major metropolitan areas of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and establish an office in your new residence.
5. You must be willing to be available at any hour of any day to respond to emergencies or perform work assigned by your supervisor including working assigned overtime.
6. You must be willing to wear a law enforcement uniform and follow Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission policies on grooming, attire and conduct.
7. You must be willing to learn the use of unarmed self-defense tactics, firearms and other defensive weapons, and carry a firearm while on duty as required by the job.
8. You must be willing to learn to use a personal computer and comprehend various software applications.
9. You must be willing to comply with the work rules and standards of conduct established by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
10. You must be able to swim for a minimum of 250 yards within 10 minutes.
11. You must be willing to accept the fact that this is a law enforcement job that requires you to be exposed to an element of danger that may include injury or loss of life in the performance of your duties.
12. You must be willing to learn to operate and maintain a variety of different law enforcement patrol boats and operate these boats during adverse weather and water conditions to affect rescues.
Necessary Special Requirements
You must have a valid drivers license.
You must be at least 21 years old by the date of hire.
Minimum Requirements
You must pass the test.
Lists created by this test will be used to fill future vacancies for the position of Waterways Conservation Officer Trainee.
For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000; Telephone: (717) 705-7820 OR any of these Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regional offices:
1. 11528 State Highway 98, Meadville, PA 16335; Telephone: (814) 337-0444
2. 236 Lake Road, Somerset, PA 15501; Telephone: (814) 445-8974
3. 1150 Spring Creek Road, Bellefonte, PA 16823; Telephone: (814) 359-5250
4. 1704 Pine Road, Newville, PA 17241; Telephone: (717) 486-7087
5. 5566 Main Road, Sweet Valley, PA 18656; Telephone: (570) 477-5717
6. P.O. Box 9, Brubaker Valley Road, Elm, PA 17521; Telephone: (717) 626-0228
Starting Salary
$31,345 annually ($15.07 hourly)
Comprehensive health insurance; liberal retirement/pension plan; paid vacation, personal and sick leave; paid holidays; prescription, vision and dental plan coverage (after six months); paid group life insurance, and much more.
How To Apply
Between May 14 and June 28, 2014 interested applicants can apply and schedule their exam online at www.scsc.state.pa.us. Register with the homepage to set up a User ID and Password. Once logged in, select View Open Jobs and Apply from the menu. Select announcement #2014-046 for Waterways Conservation Officer Trainee. Once the announcement appears, click Next Page to begin the application process.

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