Content tagged with general will appear on the About LDWF Page.

Seismic Monitoring Program

Permit : 
Seismic Monitoring Program

Becoming An Agent

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division is made up of over 200 agents working across the state in the eight enforcement regions. When LDWF is looking to add new agents, they announce a new Cadet Training Academy Program in the form of a news release. The job is also posted on Louisiana's Civil Service Web site under "Wildlife Enforcement Cadet."  Candidates can sign up for an email alert that will remind them of the next "Wildlife Cadet" opening at the Civil Service website.

While waiting for the next academy, interested applicants can take the mandatory Civil Service Law Enforcement and Protective Services (LEAP) exam and get a score of at least 70 or above.  Preference may be given to applicants with a score of 77 or higher. Applicants may apply to take the test by accessing the Civil Service website.

After taking the test, interested applicants can then focus on meeting the minimum qualifications to become a cadet at the next academy.

Minimum qualifications are:

Two years of experience as a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) level 1 certified peace officer in a full-time position, whose job duties include armed duty with the power of arrest; or

A minimum of sixty semester hours from an accredited college or university; or

Any two year combination of Options 1 and 2 above, whereby thirty semester hours will be equivalent to one year of experience; or

Completion of an associate degree in business administration, business management, corrections, criminal justice, law enforcement, forestry or a conservation related science from a technical college. Accumulation of technical college hours without an associate degree does not qualify; or

A completed diploma or certificate in a two-year program in business administration, business management, corrections, criminal justice, law enforcement, forestry or a conservation related science from a vocational or technical school; or

Four years of continuous active military duty (all Military Occupational Specialties apply).

Necessary Special Requirements:

Must have attained 18th birthday at time of application.
Must possess a valid driver's license at time of appointment.
An applicant who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or a felony, or who is under indictment on a felony charge will be disqualified until relief from the disabilities imposed by state and federal laws is granted.

NOTE: This job has special physical requirements in that the incumbent must lift heavy objects (50 lbs. or more), walk long distances, work in harsh weather conditions, fire handguns, rifles, and shotguns accurately and have the ability to operate vehicles, boats, and all terrain vehicles while in the performance of duties.

Once the job is posted at the civil service Web site, interested applicants must submit an application for employment online at by the closing date. Paper applications may also be submitted via fax, mail or hand delivery to LDWF. If mailed, the envelope must be postmarked on or before the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

For more information about testing and application information, please visit or call the LDWF’s Human Resources Office at 225-342-2134.

All Enforcement Cadets receive full state benefits and pay from the first day of training. Training will last six months and mostly be held on the east half of the 80-acre Waddill Wildlife Refuge in north-central Baton Rouge. Cadets train Monday through Friday and are allowed to go home on the weekends and holidays.

In the academy:

1) Cadets are first POST certified, which is required of all law enforcement officers of the state. POST (Peace Officer Standards and Testing) certification consists of; physical fitness, defensive tactics, firearms, state and federal law, proper law enforcement and arrest procedures, DWI detection and apprehension, standard first aid, and other various areas of law enforcement.

2) Cadet’s then receive specialized training in areas that are more consistent with that of an LDWF Enforcement agent. These areas include but are not limited to, more intense and extensive physical fitness training, defensive tactics, firearms training, ATV operator certification, waterfowl detection and violator apprehension, wildlife forensics, wildlife and fish identification, land and water navigation, extensive boat handling, enforcement of state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws, water survival, marine theft identification, and hunter education instructor certification.

3) Physical fitness training for agents is important because of the terrain that agents encompass. Very often, in order for an LDWF Enforcement agent to get to a location to begin the apprehension of someone violating the law, the agent has to be in very good shape. An agent may have to drag and ride in a pirogue, travel by boat in rough seas, ride an ATV over rough terrain, or walk a mile or more in the mud. This type of mobility is extensively required of agents, and therefore gives LDWF agents more reason to remain in top physical shape.

4) The defensive tactics and firearms portion of the academy are expanded to include those areas that are consistent with an LDWF agent patrol area. These areas include but are not limited to; marine environments, rural night operations, and boat operations.

5) Upon graduating from the wildlife enforcement-training academy, cadets are assigned to a designated parish where they undergo a closely supervised field training officer program. After successful completion of the field training officer program, cadets are promoted to LDWF Enforcement agents. 

L.D.W.F. Agent Receives Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award

Release Date: 09/02/2010

L.D.W.F. Agent Receives Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award

The National Association of Safe Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) honoredLouisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Sgt. Joseph Ortis with the Louisiana Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award.  Ortis received the award today, Sept. 2 at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in Baton Rouge.

Ortis, of Oscar, joined LDWF in 1990 and became an agent in 1997 and mainly patrols the False River during the boating season.  Ortis also previously earned the 2004 LDWF Agent of the Year award.

"Sgt. Ortis is a valuable asset to the department and patrols one of the most recreationally used bodies of water in Pointe Coupee, Lafayette, St. Landry and West Baton Rouge parishes," said Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, LDWF's State Boating Law Administrator.  "This award is well deserved and reflects Sgt. Ortis' dedication to safe boating and waterway enforcement."

Ortis has attended both the Level One and Advanced Boating Accident Investigation Courses offered by NASBLA and has effectively utilized the knowledge and skills gained by his attendance in recent boating crash incidents.  Ortis also instructs boating safety classes and public boating safety forums.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or


First Tour Du Teche Canoe Race to be Held Sept. 17-19

Release Date: 09/02/2010


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division hasapproved a marine event permit for the upcoming Tour du Teche canoe race from Sept. 17-19.

The 130-mile race on Bayou Techewill begin at Port Barre on Sept. 17 at 8 a.m. with a finish line at Patterson.  There will be a 60-hour cutoff to finish this inaugural race.

To register for the race and more information on fees, the mandatory meeting on Sept. 16 and rules, please visit

The Tour du Teche is a part of the Teach Ecology, Culture and History Education (TECHE) Project that originated in Summer 2009 in St. Landry Parish.  The project aims to make Bayou Teche a healthier waterway for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, tubing and swimming.

"The department was happy to issue a marine event permit for the inaugural Tour du Teche canoe race since it corresponds with the department's mission to conserve and protect the state's natural resources and met the permit approval guidelines," said Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne.  "We hope this canoe race really catches on and helps improve the recreational and aesthetic qualities of the Bayou Teche watershed in the future."

The department issues marine event permits for any organized event held on the water that introduces extra or unusual safety hazards on navigable waterways.  Permit forms can be found at and must be turned in to the department at least 30 days prior to any event.

According to the Teche Project Web site, "One goal of the TECHE Project and Tour du Teche is to educate people about water quality and the need for nonpoint source pollution prevention and reduction.  Discovery can take place with an interactive, hands-on experience on and along Bayou Teche.  Tour du Teche will work with the National Park Service, parishes and towns to identify public access needs and help implement improvement activities.  Education kiosks will be built to provide self-directed education to boaters and paddlers about water quality, preventing non-point source pollution, native flora and birds, culture, history as well as boater safety information for children and adults."

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or



The stream will start when the event begins. Try refreshing the page if the stream has not started.

FDA and NOAA Agree with LDWF on Sampling in Closed Fishing Areas East of the Mississippi River

Release Date: 09/01/2010


Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) concurred with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' (LDWF) request to begin the process to re-open state waters to commercial fishing currently closed east of the Mississippi Delta, including the Chandeleur Islands.  These areas were originally closed due to confirmed reports of oil suspected to be from the Deepwater Horizon incident.  This marks the first federal testing to take place on seafood in these waters since the state issued the emergency closures.  Once samples from these areas are determined to be safe of all hydrocarbons and dispersant substance, LDWF Secretary Robert Barham intends to order immediate openings to commercial fishing in these areas.  

 Currently, LDWF fisheries biologists are collecting thousands of specimens of crab, shrimp and finfish in these areas to submit to FDA and NOAA for sensory testing and chemical analysis.  Once these samples are processed, the FDA will render their decision on the reopening.  
"Once this opening is complete it will leave only eight percent of state waters closed to commercial fishing," said Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  "The state will not rest until all areas are open including federal waters off Louisiana's coast."  

LDWF guidelines for re-opening commercial fishing areas are as follows: 

Once visible signs of oil are no longer apparent in waters previously closed by LDWF to commercial fishing, LDWF will submit an 'intent to reopen' letter to NOAA and FDA.
LDWF biologists then conduct thorough sampling of finfish, crabs and shrimp in the proposed reopening area.

Following the collection of the samples, biologists will immediately transfer specimens to be tested by the FDA and NOAA for signs of chemical contamination.  
Once the analysis is complete FDA and NOAA will render an opinion regarding the proposed reopening. The entire process is expected to be completed in 14 days.

 For more information contact Marianne Burke at or 225-765-2917.


application/pdf icon Motorboat Registrations by Parish 1988 - 2011application/pdf icon Travel Cost Analysis of Grand Isle Birdwatching Festival
Syndicate content