Job Stress of a Wildlife Conservation Officer

Occupational stress exists in all jobs. Wildlife conservation officers are, by nature of their jobs, subjected to job-related stressors. In order to better understand occupational stress, it is necessary to identify those events that occur in the professional lives, or as a result of the professional lives, of conservation officers. In response to this, all 160 conservation agents of the Missouri Department of Conservation were questioned by 2 separate mail surveys. These questionnaires allowed Missouri's wildlife officers to tell what was stressfUl to them in their jobs and evaluate these stressful events. Missouri's conservation agents identified and rated 95 events which produced stress in their occupation. These represent the Occupation Critical Life Events Scale for conservation officers in Missouri.

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