The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says up to 24 cadets will start six months of intensive physical and academic training in May.

They train to enforce state recreational boating laws and state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws. They also will be trained in general law enforcement. And they learn search and rescue techniques.

Those who graduate will fill vacancies in field offices around the state. Each cadet is assigned to a parish and must live there after graduating.

Interested applicants can apply online through the Department of Civil Service website. They must complete the state Law Enforcement and Protective Services test to qualify.

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Online:

Civil service website: http://www.civilservice.louisiana.gov/ (Search for “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet”)

www.wlf.louisiana.gov/enforcement/becoming-agent