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Conservation Law Enforcement

Bachelor of Science

Hybrid Learning Virtual Open House – Next Start Date is February 22

Professional skills-training

In-Person and Online

Flexible and affordable, the B.S. in Conservation Law Enforcement offered through hybrid learning gives students a new way to earn a degree from America’s Environmental College. Students can choose where and how to learn according to individual preferences and ultimate career goals.

Career Outlook

Earn your degree.

Unlock new opportunities!


Number of fish and game warden jobs in the U.S., 2018


Mean annual pay for fish and game wardens, 2018.


Number of graduates who are employed in their area of study within six months of graduation.

Conservation Law Enforcement Hybrid Learning Highlights

Working with police dog
Criminal Justice
Gain knowledge of the criminal justice system and learn how to operate as an influential professional within it.
Field Work Skills
Gain the field-based knowledge and skills necessary to work in natural environments.
Con Law
Rewarding Careers
Prepare for rewarding careers in the front line of efforts to ensure the sustainability of our planet.
Online and/or In-person
Work with dedicated instructors online or in-person.
Large Network
Access our nationwide network of contacts for internships and job opportunities.
National Park Service
Students have access to the Park Services Seasonal Academy training for credit.

Degree Courses

As a conservation law enforcement major, students will study and explore all the skills necessary for becoming successful in conservation and law enforcement careers:  

  • Crime scene investigation techniques, such as fingerprint lifting, trajectory analysis, footprint and tire tread casting, and evidence collection
  • Policy procedures for the preparation and execution of search warrants
  • Procedures for conducting interviews and interrogations
  • Surveillance techniques
  • Proper methods for handling evidence

  View the Conservation Law Enforcement Check Sheet
  View the Unity College Hybrid Learning Course Catalog – Academic Year 2020-2021
  View the Unity College Hybrid Learning Student Handbook – Academic Year 2020-2021

How Students Attend Classes

Students enrolled in the Hybrid Learning programs have the flexibility to design their own academic experiences in ways that best fit with their learning preferences, lifestyle, and career aspirations. Learners can enroll in online courses while roaming the world or dedicate their time to immersive and tactile learning in our residential communities, or anything in between. 

  • As a Hybrid student, students choose – in-person, online, or both simultaneously.
  • From the moment they enroll, students are assigned a specialized Hybrid Learning Coach to provide them with individualized attention as they make their choices and blaze their learning path. A Hybrid Learning Coach will stay with them throughout their learning experience regardless of the modality or pace of their path.
  • As long as a student is enrolled in three credits during a term, they are considered full time.
  • Students can register for up to three terms at a time.
  • We also offer housing and dining options to fit their schedule.

Here are some examples of the learning pathways available within our majors. Most terms are five weeks long.

Six Credits, In-Person

Mon. – Thurs.
CL 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice
(3 cr. CLE Core)
8:30 – 11:30 AM
ES 105 Understanding Place Through GIS (3 cr. Elective)12:30 – 3:30 PM

Six Credits, In-Person and Online

Mon. – Thurs.
CL 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr. CLE Core)8:30 – 11:30 AM
EVPC 101 Professional Skills (3 cr. General Education Core)Online through Unity College Distance Education

Six Credits, Online

Mon. – Thurs.
EVPC 101 Professional Skills (
3 cr. General Education Core)
Online through Unity College Distance Education
ENCJ 201 Law Enforcement & Emergency Management (3 cr. CLE Core)Online through Unity College Distance Education

Careers in Conservation Law Enforcement

96% of Unity’s Conservation Law Enforcement students who responded to the Senior and/or Alumni Survey are employed in their area of study within six months of graduation!

The conservation law enforcement degree at Unity prepares students for both graduate study and a wide range of careers related to resource management and environmental protection.

  • Traditional Law Enforcement

    (State Police, Sheriffs Deputy, Local Police)

    $65,000 – Average yearly salary
    +5% – 10-year projected job growth

  • State Conservation Law Enforcement Jobs

    (Game Warden, Conservation Officer, Environmental Police, Marine Patrol)

    $59,000 – Average yearly salary
    +6% – 10-year projected job growth

  • Federal Conservation Law Enforcement Jobs

    (US Fish and Wildlife Federal Wildlife Officer/Agent/Inspector, National Park Ranger/Agent, US Forest Rangers, US Forest Wildland Firefighters, NOAA Officer/Agents)

    $50,000 – Average yearly salary
    +6% – 10-year projected job growth

  • Federal Law Enforcement Jobs

    (Customs Border Protection, FLETC, Park Police, Secret Service)

    $82,000 – Average yearly salary
    +3% – 10-year projected job growth

  • Environmental jobs

     (state parks, army corps, state conservation jobs)

    $59,000 – Average yearly salary
    +6% – 10-year projected job growth

Source: Burning Glass Technologies. Labor Insight™ –  Accessed May 4, 2020.

Unity graduates have achieved success as state fish and game wardens; forest rangers; marine patrols; federal enforcement officers for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management; environmental enforcement officers for the Environmental Protection Agency and state environmental agencies; and more.

Graduates have also found success in traditional law enforcement as investigators and police officers at the local, state, and federal levels. They also appear as wardens on Animal Planet’s North Woods Law.

As a conservation law enforcement graduate, students may want to consider continuing your education online with a Master in Conservation Law Enforcement or an online Sustainable Masters of Business Administration.

Unity College Career Services offers a wide range of services to help students find–and land–their dream job.

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