Marine Patrol

Seasonal Trainee positions with Marine Patrol.

2023 Examination Dates (to be hired for the 2024 Boating Season)

  • September 16, 2023

Applications accepted 8/3/23 through 9/6/23.

Application Process

Interested individuals are directed to visit the State of New Hampshire Employment Opportunities page for details regarding available positions and the process for application submittal. Applicants must submit appropriate documentation (copy of official transcripts, proof of police certification, and/or verification of military service) with their applications to continue in the recruitment process.


Position Description

The Seasonal Marine Patrol Officer Trainee may be assigned to working any of the patrol areas located throughout the State. Throughout their patrol season, officers may be called upon to perform any or all of the following duties:

  • Patrol assigned areas using State patrol boats.
  • Respond to emergencies and other calls for assistance.
  • Enforce State boating and criminal laws.
  • Investigate boating accidents and drownings.
  • Conduct inspections of commercial boats and testing of commercial boat operators.
  • Conduct Boating Safety Education Classes.
  • Install, maintain, and remove State marine aids to navigation.
  • Conduct criminal investigations and generate cases for prosecution.
  • Interact with other law enforcement and safety agencies.

Position Salary


Minimum Requirements

Because the position of Seasonal Marine Patrol Officer Trainee is a certified part-time police officer in the State of New Hampshire, the minimum requirements are accordingly demanding.

  • Minimum of 18 years of age at the time of appointment
  • US Citizenship
  • No criminal convictions
  • Valid driver license
  • High school graduate or GED
  • Good physical health
  • Ability to attend and successfully complete Marine Patrol training
  • Ability to work varied shifts, weekends and holidays throughout the summer months
  • Candidates are prohibited from having any form of tattoo on the head, neck, face, or hands. Tattoos that we deem not to be "extremist" (racist, sexist, or otherwise indecent) are allowed on forearms up to but not past the wrist, provided that the candidate will submit to wearing a black compression sleeve on the affected arm(s) to cover the tattoo(s) whenever on duty in any short-sleeved uniform, or to wear long sleeves in any plain clothes assignment.

Other Beneficial Traits for an Applicant to Possess

  • Previous law enforcement experience or training
  • Previous boating experience
  • Knowledge of New Hampshire lakes and waterways
  • Possession of a vehicle capable of towing a State patrol boat

Employment Selection Process

  • Candidate submits a completed application
  • Application is reviewed

Then the following are administered:

  • Written examination - The New Hampshire State Police - Marine Patrol uses the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) for the written exam. This ADA-compliant test is designed to measure participants’ basic skills as it pertains to the following job-related abilities: arithmetic, reading comprehension, grammar, and incident report writing. A study guide and separate practice test are available at the following website: Currently the study guide can only be viewed using a computer. iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices are not compatible.
  • Physical Agility Test
  • Interview
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Medical examination
  • Drug Screening
  • Background investigation
  • Marine Patrol classroom training
  • Marine Patrol practical on-the-water training
  • Field training officer review
  • Probationary assignment of patrol duties
  • Attendance of New Hampshire part-time Police Officer Academy
  • Swim Test – 50 yard free style