Natural Resources Cadet - Natural Resource Police

  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Maryland, United States
  • May 18, 2017
Full time Communication/Public Outreach Law Enforcement Natural Resources

Job Description


The Natural Resources Cadet position provides young adults who are not yet eligible to apply to become Natural Resources Police Officers, an opportunity to learn and be exposed to all facets of the job as a prospective future Natural Resources Police Officer.

Main Purpose Of Job

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Natural Resources Police (NRP), is currently accepting applications for NRP Cadets. This is a trainee position that provides an opportunity for men and women, between the ages of 18 and less than 21, to develop a working knowledge and experience in the various duties and responsibilities performed by employees of the Natural Resources Police, in preparation for and anticipation of the cadet's acceptance and entry into the Natural Resources Police Academy..


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. Candidates must be between 17 and 19 years of age to apply for the position, and between 18 and 20 years of age to be hired.

2. Some positions in this classification are assigned duties which will require the individual to be examined by a physician. After an offer of employment, candidates for such positions will be given a medical examination to certify the ability to perform the essential job functions. The examination may include strength and agility tests.

3. Candidates will be subject to an intensive background investigation, including fingerprint checks. An unsatisfactory reference check or police record may cause removal of the candidate’s name from the eligible list.

4. Candidates must be citizens of the United States.

5. Candidates must have access to the use of a motor vehicle for official State business when deemed necessary by the agency.

6. Employees in this classification are subject to assignment in any area of State.

7. Employees are subject to call-in 24 hours a day and, therefore, will be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached. Appointees must be available for duty on around-the-clock shifts and in emergencies.

8. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

9. Employees are subject to rotating assignments in any combination of DNR or NRP specific programs such as DNR Communications; Parks; Fisheries; Wildlife Forestry Service; NRP Academy; Headquarters; Investigations; Field Operations; or Maintenance and Supply for a minimum of six months.

10. Upon reaching the age of twenty-one, and having served in the program for a minimum of six months, cadets shall seek appointment to the next available NRP Academy class. To be eligible, cadets

  • Must pass refresher background
  • Performance history must be satisfactory
  • Must successfully pass the NRP Functional Fitness Assessment Test (within two months prior to entering academy)

Cadets determined to be ineligible for appointment as an NRP Officer Candidate will be terminated from the Cadet Program.

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Job Level



Government- State/Provincial


$25,502.00 - $39,574.00/year