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Illinois Department of Natural Resources seeking applicants for Conservation Police Officer


The Mattoon Fire Department is responding early Wednesday evening to a field fire along the Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail, west of Interstate 57.

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is beginning the search for conservation police officer trainees with the intent to hire up to 25 officers in December.

“Illinois’ CPOs play a unique role for state’s residents, wildlife and public lands. Our CPOs play a similar role to our state police, with the added work of understanding the state’s wildlife code and protecting our natural resources,” said Timothy Tyler, director, Office of Law Enforcement, IDNR. 

Interested applicants should complete a CMS100 employment application from the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, which can be found online at

Completed applications should be sent to Curt Stephens via email or mail at or Curt Stephens, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62701.


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