New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Clint Henson
clint.henson@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 29, 2007:

HELP WANTED: DEPARTMENT RECRUITING CONSERVATION OFFICERS
DEPARTMENT SEEKS INFORMATION ABOUT POACHED ELK NEAR WATROUS

HELP WANTED: DEPARTMENT RECRUITING CONSERVATION OFFICERS

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is looking for qualified men and women to join the next generation of conservation officers who protect and conserve the state's wildlife. Recruitment will be Sept. 28 through Oct. 26, 2007, for trainees to fill multiple positions statewide.

The Department is encouraging people with diverse educational degrees to apply for the positions. Qualifications include a degree from a four-year, accredited college, passing a physical fitness test, and successfully completing a five-month training course at the state Law Enforcement Academy . Acceptable college degrees include biology, fisheries science, wildlife science, animal science, forestry, range science, agricultural science, communications, journalism, outdoor recreation, environmental science, wildlife law enforcement, resource economics, criminal justice, ecology, natural resource management, zoology, behavioral science, social science, and others.

Applicants can find the recruiting notice and application instructions on the State Personnel Office web site, www.state.nm.us/spo . Eligible applicants must show proof of their degree by March 21, 2008.

Interested applicants can get more information about conservation officer duties, educational and physical requirements, training and employee benefits by contacting the Department of Game and Fish Human Resources Office at (505) 476-8028 or visiting the Employment Opportunities page of the Department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us   or by clicking here .

For more information, please contact Bob Culp, (505) 326-3168, robert.culp@state.nm.us ; Becky Cox, (505) 476-8029, rebeccaj.cox@state.nm.us ; or Shirley Baker, (505) 476-8027, shirley.baker@state.nm.us .

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DEPARTMENT SEEKS INFORMATION ABOUT POACHED ELK NEAR WATROUS

WATROUS, N.M. -- New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officers are looking for information about an elk poaching that occurred in the early morning of Sept. 22.

A bull elk was shot numerous times with a .22-caliber rifle on the Phoenix Ranch on N.M. 161 near Watrous. No meat or the antlers were taken.  

The Department offers rewards for information that leads to the arrest or charges against wildlife law violators. Please call toll-free, (800) 432-4263 if you have any information regarding this crime or any other. Callers can remain anonymous and receive $750 in cases involving elk.

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