Being a Pennsylvania state game warden is more than just a job; it’s a passion fueled by protecting our state’s wildlife and natural resources. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to become a game warden – wonder no more – because this episode is packed with insight right from the Game Commission’s Director of Training Kyle Jury and State Game Warden (SGW) Hannah Robinson.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s training program takes place at the Ross Leffler School of Conservation in Harrisburg. The school started in 1936 and has produced just 728 graduates since that time. Hear how Director Jury and SGW Robinson’s paths led them to being two of those 728 and why they are passionate about their unique roles in protecting wildlife here in the Keystone State.
The official training currently takes about 44 weeks, but the process to getting to that point requires multiple steps. Director Jury provides insight on that process, from the civil service announcement, to applying online, to the written, oral and physical assessments, to background checks and more.
SGW Robinson is a Wayne County native and recent graduate of the Ross Leffler School of Conservation’s 32nd class. She was just assigned to her first district in southern Bucks County in February. Hannah had the opportunity to harvest her first pheasant while on field training last fall. As a graduation present from academy, her family surprised her with a new bow and she’s looking forward to becoming an archery hunter this fall. Click here to watch the recent graduation of the 32nd class on YouTube.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is now accepting applications through April 10 for its 34th class of state game wardens. Learn more or apply here.