State to hire slew of new DOCARE officers

  • Courtesy of state Department of Land and Natural Resources

    Successful applicants will train to be state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers, and on the job will spend workdays policing state parks, enforcing boating laws and more.

  • Courtesy of state Department of Land and Natural Resources

    Kaua‘i is slated to receive an increased number of state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers, who wear this patch.

  • Courtesy of state Department of Land and Natural Resources

    State Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers take the oath of office after graduating in 2020.

LIHU‘E — Residents will have the opportunity to join one of the most highly sought-after civil-service jobs in the state, when the state Department of Land and Natural Resources accepts applications for 46 vacant Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officer positions next month.

State DLNR DOCARE Chief Jason Redulla said successful applicants assigned to Kaua‘i can expect to police locations throughout the island and its surrounding waters.

“Their duties are going to run the full gamut of what DLNR does,” Redulla said this week. “In a typical day, an officer can be up in Koke‘e, enforcing our state park laws. On the same day, they can be down in Nawiliwili, enforcing our boating laws, and in a fish market in Kapa‘a doing fish-market checks. It really is a very broad and wide-ranging responsibility that these new guys will have.”

The slew of entry-level job openings follows a state hiring freeze occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. During that time, the agency could not fill vacancies as they occurred.

DOCARE currently maintains 13 law-enforcement positions and two clerical positions on Kaua‘i.

Redulla declined to say how many of those spots are now empty, claiming his agency does not “want to tip (its) hand” to lawbreakers.

However, the upcoming officer hires will do more than replenish the island’s DOCARE force.

“I’ll just generally tell you this,” Redulla said. “Kaua‘i is getting a number of employees that will not only fill the vacant positions it had for a while, but it will also give it a substantial boost.”

The new class of officers will only be the second to include entry-level officers with no prior law-enforcement experience.

Until 2019, DOCARE only considered officer applicants with a background in police work, due to lack of an in-house training academy.

Now, nearly anyone can apply — and many folks will.

“We get calls daily at the department from people who are interested,” Redulla said. “We know that there’s going to be a huge amount of competition for these 46 positions.”

The officer announcements will be posted online at on Dec. 4 at midnight. Redulla urges candidates to read the announcements carefully to ensure they meet minimum requirements. He also recommends candidates act quickly because a given opening can close at any time, once application limits are reached.

When DOCARE last accepted entry-level officer applications, which was in 2019, all announcements closed in a matter of hours, Redulla said.

Successful applicants who pass the hiring process and accept offers of employment will attend DOCARE’s Recruit Training Academy in Honolulu, according to a DLNR press release.

Upon graduation, the new officers will continue their training in the Field Training Officer Program before being assigned to field patrol.


Scott Yunker, reporter, can be reached at 245-0437 or

  1. dj November 24, 2021 3:03 am Reply

    Here come the new made up laws…
    24/7 policing.
    Kauai just got a new liquafaction capsule…
    New fertilizer for your organic veggies…
    oh goodie…

  2. Al November 24, 2021 6:02 am Reply

    All vacancies will be filled with former county dirty cops.

    Check the facts.

    DLNR is a corrupt Dept. Feds still investigating them.

  3. Polihale patrol November 24, 2021 7:02 am Reply

    Please post a full time officer at Polihale. Illegal camping, pooping in the dunes, driving too fast, just general bullsh!t happening daily. Wish we could enforce ourselves but we would look like the bad guys getting arrested for slapping some skulls.

    Glad to see DLNR making some employment moves. Hope we see some positive, ongoing results at Polihale and island-wide. Mahalo.

    1. Dea. November 24, 2021 11:58 am Reply

      Here’s a thought. Apply for the job and get paid to police polihale. Or you just like grumble about other people and not take any initiative.

  4. Kekumunui November 24, 2021 9:26 am Reply


    There is very little need for more policing on Kaua’i o ManoKalanipo. First reason, because KPD Chief Raybuck. We should be confident in his leadership at this point. Second, new prosecuting attorney; let her and Raybuck’s office work together even better. Third, there is a bigger need for actual land resource management from the DLNR! Our fragile forests are overrun with introduced, noxious weeds. Clear the weeds, replant trees. Let’s open our eyes, people, and focus our efforts on the aina. Let’s get Kauaians back on their ancestral lands. Stop persecuting the Hawaiian people!

    Mahalo nui loa and may God continue to bless all Kauaians.

    1. Uncle Dad November 24, 2021 3:50 pm Reply

      Yup gotta love back when you could marry your sibling to keep the bloodline pure.

    2. Manuel Lopez November 24, 2021 8:45 pm Reply

      Hi I’m really interested in working for dnlr, I have a lot of experience with fishing and freediving/spearfishing, I’m honest and hard working I have a passion to help with illegal fishing and and put a stop to size limits and bag limit. I hope I can be of assistance to you guy’s Aloha.

  5. wahinis? November 24, 2021 9:48 am Reply

    “..that these new guys will have.”

    Hire Wahini! It’s way past time to provide equal employment opportunities here on KI!

  6. Grumbling about grumbling November 24, 2021 3:47 pm Reply

    Thats not how it works…

  7. Bada bing November 24, 2021 10:46 pm Reply

    Some people just like to grumble but don’t do anything to help. Get a life!

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