Join Us in Conserving the Commonwealth's Fish and W​ildlife Resources!

Do you want to be part of an agency that provides opportunities for everyone to enjoy the outdoors by fishing, hunting, boating, recreational shooting, wildlife watching or related activities in Kentucky? Join us in the exciting, innovative and rewarding environment of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR)!​

We are Proudly an Equal Opportunity For All Employer.


robert owens

C​onservation Officer Sergeant,
Law Enforcement Division

Sgt. Owens has worked as a conservation officer for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife for nearly nine years. Based in Hazard, Owens supervises and trains other conservation officers, enforcing state and federal laws, particularly the wildlife and boating laws and regulations administered by the agency.

Following the tornado in Mayfield in 2021 and the Eastern Kentucky flooding in 2022, Owens worked countless hours rescuing at-risk residents, patrolling to prevent looting in homes and businesses, distributing supplies to families in need, and recovering victims.

"Staff Spotlight" introduces you to our employees and their varied expertise, as well as the diversity of jobs, programs, and initiatives of the department.

Nathan Sangter, video producer holding up a cameraSgt. Owens poses with a young angler at the Casting with Kids fishing event at Painsville Lake in June.

Employee and Family-Friendly Benefits

We offer our Full-Time​ Merit and Grant Funded Time-Limited (GFTL) employees competitive salaries and benefits that include:

  • A 37.5 hour work week (w/occasional overtime required)​
  • Paid Time Off (Sick & Vacation) + Paid Holidays
  • Overtime / Compensatory Time
  • Affordable Health Insurance w/ Optional Health Reimbursement Account
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Wellness Incentives Program
  • Training/Career Development Opportunities; paid Continuing Education
  • Deferred Compensation program (401K)
  • Employee Discounts on electronics, health & wellness, retail, travel/events/entertainment, services/education

Current Job Openings:​

Grade 09
Location Varies​​​​​


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