Non-sworn Law Enforcement applicants (applicants that are not certified law enforcement officers) must start the selection process by completing both a State of Florida application and an FWC supplemental application by visiting the People First website.
Applicants must fill out and submit the State of Florida application online through People First.
After receipt of your completed applications, to include all requested documents, qualifying applicants will be invited to participate in aPhysical Abilities Test.
After successfully completing thephysical assessment,the applicant is scheduled for an oral interview by a review panel at the FWC Law Enforcement Training Center which is located at The Florida Public Safety Institute (FPSI) near Tallahassee. If selected by the review panel, a thorough background investigation will be conducted.
Applicants must fill out the FWC supplemental application online. The Supplemental Application provides the necessary information for the agency to conduct a thorough background investigation on qualifying applicants.
Following a successful background investigation, selected applicants will be required to complete an extensive vision and psychological evaluation, and a physical, to include a seven-panel drug screening.
At the conclusion of this process, selected applicants are offered employment and enrolled at the FWC Law Enforcement Training Center for the basic recruit law enforcement training. Thebasic recruit academylasts about 22 weeks and housing is provided at the academy dormitory.
After completion of thebasic recruit academy, recruits who attended regional academies join those completing the academy at FPSI to beginagency specific training, which lasts up to ten weeks. This specialized training includes, but is not limited to:
Fish and wildlife conservation laws
Land Navigation & GPS
Federal Fisheries Law Enforcement
Species I.D. (marine and wildlife)
Vessel accident investigation
Water safety survival
At the conclusion of theagency specific training, Officers report to their new assignment location and will be placed in a 16 week Field Training Officer (FTO) Program. This program is specifically designed to teach the unique requirements of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement.
Upon successful completion of the FTO Program, approval is given to carry out the daily duties of an FWC Officer.