Conservation Law Enforcement

Phone: 715-346-4617


UW-Stevens Point Conservation Law Enforcement graduates at work

  • Michael Van Offeren Deputy Sherriff, Marathon County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin


Phone: 715-346-4617

Choose Conservation Law Enforcement at UW-Stevens Point

​The conservation law enforcement option combines academic backgrounds in criminology, law and ethics, with specialized training in environmental law enforcement. Our program meets requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Students gain additional hands-on experiences in all areas of natural resource management during a required summer field experience generally taken between their sophomore and junior years. Students choose between an intensive, six-week hands-on summer field experience, at locations such as our Treehaven residential facility, or our European Environmental Seminar where students learn how European natural resource management compares to that in the United States.

Career opportunities in Conservation Law Enforcement

Conservation law enforcement graduates find jobs as:

  • conservation wardens
  • park rangers
  • police officers
  • and environmental officers.

Building your résumé

​Students are required to participate in a seventeen credit police recruit school training to gain law enforcement credentials. Internships are one of the best ways for students to gain real world experience for academic credit. Almost any summer job in a law enforcement field can be turned into an internship.

Outside the classroom

​​​​Participating in student organizations is a great way to get involved outside the classroom. UW-Stevens Point hosts more than 200 student organizations including the Student Law Enforcement Association (SLEA). SLEA regularly hosts guest speakers from various law enforcement fields including county sheriffs, game wardens, officers with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and members of the Secret Service. An active membership in SLEA provides students with great opportunities to gain hands-on experience, build public relation skills, assist with local undercover operations and teach DNR certified recreational safety programs. 

Visit Campus and Student Engagement for a complete list of opportunities.

Student support services

Student success is our top priority and the College of Natural Resources Academic and Career Advising Center (CNR ACAC) is an excellent resource to help students reach graduation day.

Professional advisers and peer mentors are available Monday through Friday to answer questions about classes, advising, scholarships, internships etc.

The CNR ACAC also produces a weekly e-newsletter, the CNR Reporter, with information on upcoming presentations, student organization meeting times and other important happenings on and around campus.