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Maine Warden Service hires 5 Unity students

March 9, 2021

Unity College provides direct path to career with Inland Fish and Wildlife

Unity College continues its tradition as a leader in conservation law education as 5 more students are set to join the ranks of the Maine Warden Service. Those students filled more than half of the department’s 8 available full and part-time positions.

Unity Student Garret Moody Patrolling Moosehead Lake
Unity Student Garret Moody Patrolling Moosehead Lake

Unity’s Conservation Law Enforcement Program continues to set the standard nationwide. Whether students are looking to work in a national park or become a conservation officer, it’s never been easier to do that – thanks to Unity College’s hybrid learning program.

The program allows students like Garret Moody to accept a full-time role with the Maine Warden Service, while still working to finish his degree at his own pace. “Working as a Maine Warden has been a lifelong goal,” said Garrett. “Unity’s Conservation Law Enforcement program definitely helped me get here.”

Providing students with the flexibility to complete internships or work full time while continuing to take classes is a key feature of Unity College’s distinct programs, according to Dr. Melik Peter Khoury, President of Unity College.  “I am so proud of these students,” said Dr. Khoury. “For over 40 years, the Unity College Conservation Law Enforcement program has played a leadership role in the conservation law enforcement profession.  These students are continuing an impressive legacy.  And I am confident,” added Dr. Khoury, “that with flexibility and affordability of the program today it will continue to set the standard.”

As Zach Falcon, Vice President of Hybrid Learning explains, “Students can benefit from our scenario-based hands-on learning where they need it, but enjoy the flexibility of online learning to round out their degree.  We know what hiring agencies expect of our graduates, and we are committed to exceeding their expectations.” 

In addition to the convenience of online courses, Unity Conservation Law Enforcement students can earn credits toward their degree by attending the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Program.  

Emerson Duplissie-Cyr is another Maine Warden Service hire and current student working to finish his degree. He is excited to get a head start on his dream job, “I have always wanted to be a Maine Game Warden and would not have progressed so quickly without going to Unity. I have been able to start my career ahead of schedule,” said Duplissie-Cyr.

Unity Student Emerson Duplisse-Cyr on the Fish River near Fort Kent
Unity Student Emerson Duplisse-Cyr on the Fish River near Fort Kent

In this competitive job market, Unity is setting our students up for success by giving them an advantage other colleges simply cannot provide. “In the prior semester model, students would have to make a choice on taking their dream job, or coming back to school full-time, because there was no way you could do both. Unity’s Hybrid Learning Program is only going to enhance our ability to place students after or even prior to graduation.” Said Assistant Conservation Law Professor Michael Moody.

Emerson Duplissie-Cyr and Garrett Moody will be joined by fellow students Madison Killian, Josh Theriault and Amelia Frederic. All of the new hires will begin orientation and basic training this month.