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New Salem - February 18, 2009

Counselor’s Corner


By Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School


Want to be a Game Warden?
New Salem High School students had the opportunity to learn about what it takes to become a game warden and what it is like to be a game warden. Mr. Jeff Violett took a morning last week to present this information and more in Mrs. Larson’s biology and advanced biology classes. Other interested students attended by signing up in the office and getting permission from their classroom teacher.

A North Dakota game warden salary starts at $ 2500.00 per month during the 11 to 20 weeks of training. After an additional 6-month probationary training period, the salary is increased to $ 3,082.00 per month. The top salary after many years can go as high as $ 5,136.00 per month.

Some of the qualifications of becoming a game warden in North Dakota are:
• Be 21 years of age
• Bachelor’s degree
• Posses or be able to attain a current peace officer license
• North Dakota driver’s license
• No record of felony convictions
• Lift and carry large and heavy objects
• Walk and run over uneven terrain
• Work in all weather and environmental conditions

North Dakota has about 27 district game wardens. About 70% of a game warden’s time is in enforcement of game and fish laws. Game wardens also: respond to wildlife damage complaints; game census and hunter success surveys; enforcement of boat and water laws during the summer; and assist other law enforcement agencies when called upon.


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Mr. Violett with a radio transmitter

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Mr. Violett with a radio transmitter and radio receiver

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Mr. Violett with night vision optics


When asked if Mr. Violett ever had to fire his weapon at a person, he said no, he never has needed to. He said usually when a citation is issued, the person knows that they made a mistake. Game wardens can also wait and get backup help – if needed.
Mr. Violett indicated that some current legislative issues that relate to people who enjoy the out of doors are bills dealing with:
Baiting issues
BUI (boating under the influence)
Guides and outfitter bills.

(See The New Salem Journal for photos)
Mrs. Larson and Mr. Violett with night vision optics and a radio receiver

Thanks to Mrs. Audrey Larson for allowing Mr. Violett to present in her classes. And thanks to Mr. Jeff Violett for taking time out of his busy schedule and sharing with students at New Salem High School some insights that can impact our students career planning. Speaking as one thoroughly enjoys the great out of doors, I wonder how my life would have been different had I been able to listen to a game warden talk to me while I was in high school?


College Goal Sunday!
The North Dakota Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is sponsoring this session along with the Student Loans Division of the Bank of North Dakota. Their goal is to assist students and their parents in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on this day.
College Goal Sunday takes place this Sunday at United Tribes Technical College. It begins at 2:00 and runs until 5:00 P.M. Be sure to arrive before 4:00 if you want assistance in filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
If you would like to take advantage of this session, you must bring the following
• 2008 Federal Tax Return and W2’s
• 2008 untaxed income records – veteran non-education benefits, worker’s compensation and any child support records
• Information on savings, investments, business assets and farm assets (if applicable)
• Drivers license (if any)
• Social Security Number
• Alien registration card (if not a U.S. citizen).

If you plan to attend, please call Laura Entzel at either 328-5653 or 1866-454-3308. You can stop by without calling but it will help her plan if you call ahead of time. When you call she will also provide you with additional information.
For more counseling or career information go to http://www.cplanning.org or call me at either New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!