Nevada hiring a Chief Game Warden

Chief Game Warden Full-Time Unclassified Position

Annual Salary: Up to $110,211

*Salary is based on Employer/Employee Paid Retirement. Employer-Paid Retirement is available with a reduced annual salary. Police/Fire Retirement Options –eligibility required.

Recruitment Open To: All qualified individuals
Position Location:
Reno, Nevada
Recruitment Close Date:
Open until filled
Paid medical, dental, and vision care; life and disability insurance; 11 paid holidays; 3 weeks each of annual and sick leave; State retirement system; and an optional tax deferred compensation plan. State employees do not contribute to Social Security but must contribute to Medicare.

The Chief Game Warden commands a staff of 57 including a force of 43 game wardens, the law enforcement dispatch center, radio communications, and boating education throughout the state. The position is responsible for strategic planning, policies, regulations, legislation, budgets, and training of sworn and non-sworn personnel. The Chief supervises, evaluates performance and ensures proper training of assigned personnel; directs internal investigations, special field operations and complex investigation of misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felony case work. The position presents cases, data, and agency priorities at the Legislature, Commission, and Courts as necessary.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in wildlife management, biology, criminal justice or closely related field and five years of responsible professional experience in the enforcement of wildlife and boating safety laws and regulations. Experience must have included at least two years of supervisory experience developing proposals and recommendations, budget administration, supervision of staff and program planning.

  • OR, an equivalent combination of related education and experience; Advanced degree from an accredited college or university is preferred.

  • Incumbent is required to be Nevada POST Category 1 within six months of being hired.

    Location: This position is located in Northern Nevada at Headquarters in Reno, an area that offers an excellent quality of life and world-class recreation amenities. At an altitude of 4500 feet, there are four distinct seasons. Average temperatures range from winter lows in the 20s to summer highs in the 90s, characterized by low humidity. The sun shines more than 300 days per year, providing warm days, cool nights and blue skies. Reno is home to the University of Nevada Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College. In addition to a great location, the area offers a thriving arts scene, big-name entertainment, excellent air service, world class restaurants, affordable housing and access to the great outdoors – fishing, hunting and bating; golfing at several courses within the Tahoe/Reno/Carson City/Carson Valley areas; skiing in the Sierra Mountains and thousands of trails for hiking and biking.

    Note: All interview related expenses are the responsibility of the applicant. No stipend is available for moving expenses for candidates not currently in Nevada State service.

    Submit Resume, Transcripts, and Letter of Interest to:

    Kristin Bowling, Personnel Officer
    Nevada Department of Wildlife - Human Resources 6980 Sierra Center Parkway, Suite 120
    Reno, NV 89511
    Telephone: 775-688-1522 (voicemail available) E-Mail: