Conservation Warden: An Office with a View - View the video

Nathan Kroeplin

Nathan Kroeplin
Conservation Warden
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

101 S. Hamilton Street
Madison, WI 53703

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Nathan Kroeplin is an 11 year veteran of the Wisconsin Conservation Warden force, an arm of the Department of Natural Resources. Nathan grew up in Northern Wisconsin where he graduated from Lakeland High School in 1995. Nathan attended UW-Madison where he played football for the Badgers for a year before being injured. Nathan went on to graduate from UW with an education degree in December of 1999. Nathan knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a conservation warden due to his father’s influence; he was also a warden. Nathan began working part time for the DNR as a Deputy Warden/Program Assistant in January of 2000 and was eventually hired as full-time conservation warden in January of 2001. After completing his training, Nathan was assigned to be a Conservation Warden in Dane County. With years under his belt, Nathan has also been a field training officer, having trained five recruit wardens. Warden Kroeplin is also a certified DAAT instructor and teaches defense and arrest tactics to other wardens. Nathan recently won the Wisconsin National Wild Turkey Federation Officer of the Year award in 2009 and the Wisconsin Trappers Association Warden of the Year award in 2010.

If you are the outdoorsy type and have an interest in the law, a job as a Conservation Warden may be a career path to choose. More than 200 Wardens serve as the law enforcement arm of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Nathan Kroeplin has been a DNR warden for more than a decade and will review the hiring process, minimum requirements and what students can do to better their chances of becoming a warden. With the Wisconsin outdoors as his office, Nathan shares what a typical day is like as a warden, the pay, benefits and perks and why he thinks it’s the best job in the world. (Running Time - 21:47)