Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Physical Agility Tests (PAT) will be given to Natural Resources Police Officer candidates Sept. 6 and 7, 2019.

Physical Agility Tests for West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officer candidates Sept. 6 and 7, 2019

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has scheduled Physical Agility Tests (PAT) for Friday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, for anyone interested in applying for open Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions. All candidates for NRPO positions are required to pass a PAT.

The tests will be conducted at the South Charleston Community Center at 601 Jefferson Road on either of those two days, starting at 9 a.m. Walk-ons will be accepted.

Applicants also will be required to take a written exam at DNR’s South Charleston office at 324 4th Avenue, either day at 12:30 p.m. Interviews for successful applicants will be held Sept. 17-19, 2019. Times and a location will be announced at the PAT.

During the PAT, candidates must complete a 37.5-yard swim, a minimum of 18 push-ups in proper form in one minute and 28 sit-ups in proper form in one minute, and a 1.5 mile run in 14 minutes, 36 seconds or less. Candidates should bring long pants and a shirt for the fully clothed swimming test and a change of clothing for the running test.

Passing the PAT is required to become a Natural Resources Police Officer. To be considered, candidates must be willing to relocate and work in any county in the state. They also must be willing to work all shifts and be on call. County assignment cannot be guaranteed.

Minimum qualifications include graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. Preference is given to those with majors in natural sciences, law enforcement, criminology or criminal justice. Candidates may substitute previous employment as a certified law enforcement officer under certain circumstances.

Natural Resources Police Officers have full law enforcement authority in West Virginia, and are responsible for the prompt, orderly and effective enforcement of all laws and rules, including the protection of the state’s natural resources from unlawful activities.

Full details about the job description and an online job application form can be found at under “Law Enforcement / Employment.” For more information, contact the WVDNR Law Enforcement Section at 304-558-2784 or email

Directions: From the east, take I-64 Exit 54, MacCorkle Avenue. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and turn left again at the next traffic light onto Jefferson Road (Bob Evans Restaurant is on the corner). From the west, take I-64 Exit 54 and make two right turns onto Jefferson Road. The South Charleston Community Center is an eighth of a mile on the right.

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