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After I retire from being a Game warden, could I become a school teacher?

I am wanting to retire from my Game warden career after 30-40 years of in the service, after I retire I would love to try and teach various ages of the wildlife environment and how to protect and/or conserve it. This is my new-found goal and everyone is supportive but I have no idea as too how I could accomplish this. game-warden teacher conservation college

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Kim’s Answer

Keirton,

Congrats on your upcoming retirement, and your successful career as a game warden!

From one retired cop to another, I'd like to encourage you to think this through pretty carefully. Teaching has changed a lot, and, there are many dissatisfied teachers - it's still an honorable calling, but, like everything else, it gets bogged down in statistics, reports, and teaching to the test.

I would like to encourage you to explore alternatives. There are outdoor classrooms/ outdoor learning centers out there. And scouting programs. And museums. And Montessori schools. And, if you really want to teach in a traditional classroom, talk to some teachers and make sure you understand what it entails. It sounds like you want to have fun in retirement - you've earned it!
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Rebecca’s Answer

I am glad to hear that you love wildlife and plan to be a game warden. I am not sure the retirement age of a game walden. 30-40 years is still very young and energetic. It is also a good time change the career at that age.
I believe the knowledge you acquired when being game warden would be beneficial of being a school teacher, .e.g biological science, ecology, etc. Having said that, being a school teacher, you would need to have the required qualification, Have you thought about what subjects that you would like to teach? The closest to the game warden work would be Science, Biology, etc. You can explore more what additional education requirement on these subjects. Also, you can share your game warden to the students as well.
I believe the experience of being game warden would give you an advantage of a school teacher. Apart from being a school teacher, would you consider to be a Guide of national parts or the nature. It could also leverage the knowledge of game warden.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
Thank you so much! I will take your answer into consideration, I appreciate it! Keirton M.
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Dana’s Answer

Just from my experience having gone to small parochial, private schools-- not all schools require teaching credentials. If you wanted to try it/start it, you could reach out to private schools or even home-school groups. If you want to test the theory, you could express your interest in the career change and that you'd like to learn more about their school. Could offer to come in to help teach a class or do a presentation!
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Aaron’s Answer

You can often contact and work with schools directly about this. They'll tell you which certs to get or if they have a relevant class or if they can create one for you to teach. I would start working with schools a year before you think about becoming a teacher if you didn't get a teacher education. There are fast pass teaching certificates that can be issued if something falls in your lap and they could use you but typically they'll have you do a longer cert that may take 3-6 months with some substitute teaching to build experience etc. Having a degree also helps (any degree).
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