Physical Agility Tests for WV Natural Resources Police Officer Candidates March 18-19

West Virginia Natural Resources Police
Physical Agility Tests for West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officer Candidates March 18 and 19
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

South Charleston, WV -( Physical Agility Tests (PAT) have been scheduled for anyone interested in applying for Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions that are open statewide, according to Col. Jerry Jenkins of the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

All candidates for NRPO positions are required to pass a PAT. Applicants should report to the lobby of the South Charleston Community Center at 601 Jefferson Street either Friday, March 18, at 9 a.m., or Saturday, March 19, at 9 a.m. Walk-ons will be accepted. Applicants will also be required to take a written exam administered by the West Virginia Division of Personnel (WVDOP) at the West Virginia State Police Academy after the PAT. Applicants who pass both the PAT and the WVDOP exam will be invited to an interview March 23-24, 2016, times and location to be announced at the PAT.

NRPOs in the WVDNR Law Enforcement Section are responsible for the prompt, orderly and effective enforcement of all laws and rules of the state and have full law enforcement authority statewide. Of primary importance is the protection of West Virginia’s natural resources to the degree that they are not endangered by unlawful activities.

To be considered for this position, candidates must be willing to relocate and work in any county in the state; must be willing to work all shifts and be on call; and understand that this is a statewide position, and as such, that the county of assignment may not be guaranteed.

Minimum qualifications include graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with preference given to majors in natural sciences, law enforcement, criminology, or criminal justice, or candidates may substitute previous employment as a certified law enforcement officer under certain circumstances.

The PAT consists of three parts: a 37.5 yard swim; an agility test consisting of completing a minimum of 18 push-ups in proper form in one minute and completing 28 sit-ups in proper form in one minute; and a 1.5 mile run in 14 minutes, 36 seconds or less. Failure to satisfactorily complete any part of the test is cause for disqualification and will eliminate candidates from further consideration. Candidates should bring long pants and a T-shirt for the fully clothed swimming test (no jeans or sweatpants) and a change of clothing for the running test.

Directions: From the east, take I-64 Exit 54, MacCorkle Avenue. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and turn left again at the next traffic light onto Jefferson Road (Bob Evans Restaurant is on the corner). From the west, take I-64 Exit 54 and make two right turns onto Jefferson Road. The South Charleston Community Center is an eighth of a mile on the right.

Full details about the job description and an online job application form can be found at, Law Enforcement / Employment. For more information, contact the WVDNR Law Enforcement Section at 304-558-2784 or email [email protected]

About West Virginia Division of Natural Resources:

Hunting and fishing in West Virginia is a time-honored tradition in which the majority of families have at least one member who participates on a regular basis. It is our goal to preserve this tradition and all wildlife resources for generations to come.

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About the West Virginia Natural Resources Police:

DNR Law Enforcement is the oldest statewide law enforcement agency, serving the citizens of West Virginia since February 1897. We have a staffing level of 123 Natural Resources Police Officers and 11 support personnel. Natural resource police officers are primarily responsible for the enforcement of the game and fish laws and rules. Officers in the section carry on a continuing program of Hunter Education and Boating Safety Education, as well as enforce laws relating to littering, forestry, state parks, environmental/solid waste, pleasure boating, and whitewater rafting. They also respond during times of emergency such as floods and other natural disasters, as well as assist the State Police during times of strife similar to the large coal strikes in past decades. Natural Resources Police Officers are the most visible of the division employees. A highly visible force of uniformed officers is a deterrent to violations of the natural resources laws.

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