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ODNR accepting water craft officer candidates

FPS staff report

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft is now accepting applications for the position of watercraft officer cadet through Jan. 21.

The Division of Watercraft will hire up to 24 watercraft officer cadets who will undergo a rigorous application process, which is expected to take up to 11 months to complete. Those selected for the cadet positions will begin their 18-week training in early 2011 to become certified Ohio Peace Officers.

Applicants must have graduated high school, possess a valid Ohio driver’s license, and attain a minimum age of 21 upon successful completion of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.

Applicants also must successfully complete a background check, drug screen, psychological examination, and swimming and other physical fitness requirements. To review all applicant requirements and file an application, please go online to

The first class of watercraft officer cadets was hired by the Division of Watercraft in 1972 and completed its Ohio Peace Officer Academy training at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy.

The ODNR Division of Watercraft administers Ohio’s boating programs. The agency oversees watercraft registration and titling operations, provides funding to local communities for education, enforcement and boating access facilities, educates the public, and enforces boating laws on Ohio’s waterways. More information may be found online at or by following the Division of Watercraft on Facebook or Twitter.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at

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