The BLM’s resource management mission includes responsibilities for timber, forage, energy and minerals, recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, wilderness areas, and archaeological and paleontological sites. There are many federal laws and regulations that relate to public lands and resources. BLM’s law enforcement staffs, Rangers and Special Agents, work to protect public lands, public resources, and the visiting public from crimes and violations of federal laws and regulations that occur on BLM-managed lands.
BLM Rangers conduct patrols, provide public contacts, and enforce federal laws and regulations. BLM Rangers also assist local county and city police departments, other federal and state land management agencies, and BLM Special Agents investigating illegal activity on public lands.
BLM Special Agents conduct criminal and civil investigations into crimes committed on public lands or involving public resources. Long-term investigations may require the use of undercover officers, informants, and surveillance. BLM Special Agents conduct search warrants and arrest warrants for individuals or businesses that conduct illegal activity on public lands. BLM Special Agents also provide a working liaison with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, other federal and state law enforcement agencies, and assist BLM Law Enforcement Rangers investigating illegal activity on public lands.
Careers with BLM Law Enforcement
Interested in protecting public lands managed by the BLM? The qualifications for entry into the BLM Law Enforcement Program are quite rigorous. You must be able to meet the following:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Pass an extensive background investigation, drug test, physical fitness test, and medical exam
- Hold a valid driver’s license
- Not have reached your 37th birthday at the time of your appointment or, if older than 37, have prior experience in a qualifying Federal law enforcement position
To apply, visit BLM Law Enforcement jobs on the Web at www.usajobs.gov, contact your nearest BLM Office and ask to speak with a Law Enforcement Ranger, or visit the BLM National Law Enforcement website.