New Mexico hiring professional ‘bear huggers’

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If you’re looking for a job, and you’re an animal lover, this might be your perfect chance to deal with animals. According to the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game, they have a job opening for a “bear hugger” who has the courage to crawl into a bear den.


Now hiring professional bear huggers. Must have ability to hike in strenuous conditions, have the courage to crawl into a bear den, and have the trust in your coworkers to keep you safe during the process.

PPS. Don’t feed the bears.


The department admits that “not all law enforcement field work is this glamorous” however this does present an “experience of a lifetime.”

Conservation officers patrol the parks and enforce the game and fish laws, but then there’s the more challenging part of the job as pertaining to catching “problem animals.” Officers investigate damage done by wildlife, relocate wildlife and help to educate the public and how to live and exist with wildlife.

Applicants need to have a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences, police science or law enforcement, natural resources conservation, ecology or experience in criminal justice, geography, physics, psychology, zoology or others.

On an update from the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game, the organization is also hiring deer protectors. For those of you who don’t want to crawl into bear dens, the warmer weather brings out multiple reports for officers to help with baby deer. Even though fawns may seem like they are alone and their mothers have abandoned them, most of the time the mom returns for her baby that she left hidden to keep it safe from predators.

If you find a fawn, you are encouraged to leave it alone. Conservation officers frequently see well-meaning people picking up the fawn and bringing it back to the home office thinking the baby had been abandoned. That is a very rare case – please leave the babies alone.


1) Join the team! We are hiring Conservation Officers to assist the public with wildlife complaints and to keep wildlife safe.

2) Leave baby wildlife alone.

To help make a difference for wildlife in your community, apply now! Deadline to apply is March 30th.

Click here for applications.

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