If you love being outdoors, wildlife, and the State of Texas, then you may be the perfect fit to become a Texas Game Warden.

According to a report from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, they are seeking Texas Game Warden Cadet applications for the 65th cadet class in the fall of 2021.

Not for the Faint of Heart

Becoming a Texas Game Warden is no easy feat. It takes diligence to graduate from the Game Warden Training Center and receive a commission as a State Peace Officer.

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No 9 to 5

This isn't your average 8-5 type of position. Cadets and Game Wardens are subject to call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That means working a sometimes hectic schedule, with shifts going long over 8 hours. Your working environment isn't necessarily a "walk in the park" either.

Working in the Great Outdoors

Cadets and Game Wardens work extensively out-of-doors, during inclement and sometimes hazardous weather conditions, during natural disasters and under other possibly dangerous conditions.

At times, wardens and cadets are required to work in highly stressful situations that may be hazardous to their health and safety, which could include working with people who are injured, violent, emotionally upset or otherwise pose a danger.

Room for Advancement

Cadets are required to live at the Game Warden Training Center near Hamilton, Texas, for the duration of the training period, which is approximately 30 weeks. However, with a salary of $45,255 while attending the GW academy, it doesn't sound half bad.

Plus there are plenty of opportunities for advancement based on longevity, job knowledge, job performance, and adherence to agency and division work rules.

A Special Calling

As you can see, it takes a special sort of person to answer the call and become a Texas Game Warden. If you have the strength, dedication, and love of our natural resources necessary to do this tough but rewarding job, this is your opportunity.

Recruitment will open September 2021. If you have any questions email gamewardenrecruiter@tpwd.Texas.gov.

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Belton Dam Love Locks

The Ruins of Sparta and Bland Lie Deep Beneath Belton Lake

Beneath the placid waters of Belton Lake lay the bones of two towns where people you know may have grown up. When Belton Dam was constructed in the mid-1900's, the towns were emptied for the sake of "water and progress", as one Bland resident panned.

These images, courtesy of the Bell County Museum in Belton, give a glimpse into the lives of the people who called the Cowhouse Valley home before it became Belton Lake.