A Career as a Conservation Ranger

Employment Benefits

Starting SalaryK-9 Ranger with dog.


Regular Salary Increases

Employees are considered for performance based salary increases annually.

Health/Hospitalization Insurance

Under the State Health Benefit Plan, employees may choose single or family coverage.  Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) are also available to employees in some portions of the state.

Optional Insurance Programs

Life and dependent life, accidental death and dismemberment, short and long term disability, dental, vision, and legal insurance are available to all state employees.

Leave Accumulation

Employees with up to 5 years of service may accumulate 1¼ leave days per month;  from 6-10 years of service, 1½ leave days per month;  beginning with the 11th year of service, 1¾ leave days per month. 

State Employees Credit Union

All state employees are eligible to join the State Employees Credit Union.

Deferred Compensation Program

This program allows eligible employees to put aside a portion of their pay before state or federal income taxes are deducted and to build financial security for retirement above and beyond what their basic retirement plan may offer.


Minimum qualifications are age 60 with at least 10 years of creditable service.  With 30 years service, employees may retire at any age.  To qualify for disability retirement, one must have at least 13 years and 4 months of service and be permanently disabled from further performance of duties.

Death Benefits

Generally, employees are insured at 18 times their monthly salary under the Employees Retirement System Group Term Life Insurance program.

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Report poaching and wildlife violations. You can receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest—even if you wish to remain anonymous.
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