|The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is looking for individuals interested
in a career as a Waterways Conservation Officer (WCO).
WCOs perform specialized work in fish conservation
and watercraft safety under the jurisdiction of the Commission, blending law enforcement and public
relations duties [PFBC Brochure - What is a WCO? ]. Typical duties include patrolling by foot, car and
boat to detect violations of fishing and boating laws; apprehending violators; issuing warnings and or citations;
serving warrants; presenting evidence at hearings and court proceedings; investigating water pollution incidents;
investigating boating accidents; and stocking fish. Appearing in public to conduct classes or provide information
to groups are also highlights of the WCOs duties. WCOs work demanding schedules including holidays and weekends, to
perform their vital public safety and conservation duties. Additional information about a career as a WCO is available
on the Commission’s Careers page.
begin their career as a WCO Trainee. Before candidates are assigned the highly independent duties of
Waterways Conservation Officer, they must complete an extensive 52-week specialized training program
beginning with approximately 20 weeks of instruction in law enforcement principles and practices that
meet the standards of the Municipal Police Training Act. An additional 32-week period follows with 20 weeks of classroom
training by the Commission at the H. R. Stackhouse School of Fisheries Conservation and Watercraft Safety in Centre
County, Pennsylvania and 12 weeks of supervised field training. The program is conducted under close supervision,
according to stringent rules. Those who successfully complete the training program will be promoted to a Waterways
Conservation Officer position.
Applications for WCO Trainee positions will be accepted between August 13, 2008 and
October 1, 2008. All written testing must be completed with the Civil Service Commission by November
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at date of hire and possess a current valid Pennsylvania
Applicants must be residents of Pennsylvania, of good moral fiber and be able to perform the essential
functions of the job. Successful candidates must pass written, oral, and physical evaluations.
the application period, application forms and further information on the application process can be
obtained from the State Civil Service Commission website at www.scsc.state.pa.us.
Information may also be obtained from State Civil Service Commission offices in Harrisburg at 717-783-3058 (Text Telephone:
717-772-2685), Philadelphia at 215-560-2253 (Text Telephone: 215-560-4367), or Pittsburgh at 412-565-7666 (Text Telephone:
412-565-2484.) Information may also be obtained by contacting the PFBC’s Human
Resource Office at 717-705-7820 or by visiting the website at www.fish.state.pa.us.
Fish and Boat Commission is the sole state agency, charged by law, to manage the fisheries and to regulate
fishing and pleasure boating in the Commonwealth. The Commission also has a vital, mandated interest
in the enhancement and preservation of the state's aquatic environment. These responsibilities have
been in place for nearly 140 years, growing steadily in scope, complexity and the number of people served. The Commission’s
mission is to conserve, protect and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating