Game wardens’ work brings poachers to justice

The articles in this special edition of New Mexico Wildlife are just a small example of the criminal cases and issues that game wardens face when protecting New Mexico’s wildlife. These cases can take months – or even years – to solve in order to hold criminals accountable for their actions. They could not be solved without the hard work, dedication and professionalism of the men and women serving in the Department of Game and Fish’s Field Operations Division.  

 The Department is currently looking for the next generation of game wardens. The people working in this role can be found patrolling the lands and waters of New Mexico day and night. If you are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, the Department is currently accepting applications through March 31, 2024. Visit for more information on the hiring process, requirements, pay scales and training schedule. 


It is the mission of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to conserve, regulate, propagate and protect the wildlife and fish within the State of New Mexico, using a flexible management system that ensures sustainable use for public food supply, recreation and safety—and to provide for off-highway motor vehicle recreation that recognizes cultural, historic and resource values while ensuring public safety.