Briefly, March 15

State looking to hire more wildlife officers

COLUMBUS – Applications are being accepted through March 24 for the next wildlife officer training academy, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The Division of Wildlife is seeking to fill 18-20 positions.

“We are looking for individuals who possess a passion for law enforcement, wildlife conservation and public service,” said Scott Zody, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife.

Wildlife officers have statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property and make arrests.

To be considered for the academy, applicants must be at least 21 years old by April 1, 2014, and have a valid driver’s license. An associate degree or completion of an undergraduate core program in fish and/or wildlife management, criminal justice, environmental law enforcement or related fields is required by the end of August.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate physical fitness according to standards developed by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission, as well as pass a swimming test.

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to take a state proficiency examination May 4 in central Ohio.

Visit www.wildohiocareers.

com for more information.

Controlled fishing

offered at hatchery

CASTALIA – A half-mile section of Cold Creek at Castalia State Fish Hatchery in Erie County is to be open to a limited number of anglers on selected dates for controlled trout fishing, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Dates are May 6-Nov. 29, but there are no weekends or holidays available.

Anglers must apply online and pay a non-refundable $3 application fee by March 31 to be eligible for a random drawing.

Applicants can apply at

Boat registrations notch record in Ohio

COLUMBUS – The number of Ohio boat registrations reached a record high for a fourth consecutive year in 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The Division of Watercraft, which oversees the registration and titling of recreational watercraft, announced a record 435,310 boats were registered last year, surpassing the previous record of 426,674 reported in 2011.

Included in the total is a record 107,671 canoes and kayaks, an increase of 9,978 from the previous record of 97,693 reported in 2011.

Last year’s total is more than double the 50,804 nonmotorized canoes and kayaks that were registered in 2002.

Grants to be given

for aquatic education

COLUMBUS – Ohio Department of Natural Resources is offering aquatic education grants to schools, parks and recreation departments, conservation groups, local governments and other nonprofit organizations wanting to sponsor an aquatic or angler education program.

The Division of Wildlife allocates a portion of the funds received from the Sportfish Restoration Act as aquatic education grants, with the intent of increasing aquatic stewardship and fishing participation.

Grant applications are to be accepted for programs ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. Multiple agencies may work cooperatively to conduct a program or event, but only one grant application may be submitted per program.

A program must include an opportunity for participants to engage in an aquatic education learning session and provide a hands-on fishing opportunity. Examples include youth fishing camps, family fishing programs and fishing clinics.

Guidelines and an application form can be found at