Fish and wildlife officer
Join a team that’s dedicated to conserving and protecting wildlife across the province.
Fish and wildlife officers help conserve and protect the province’s fish and wildlife by ensuring everyone understands and complies with the laws meant to safeguard Alberta’s natural resources.
What's in it for you
Many people from across Canada and around the world choose to live and work in Alberta each year. Alberta's stable economy and innovative business spirit make it an ideal place to work.
As a fish and wildlife officer, you get:
- to be on a very unique and highly professional law enforcement team
- a pension, excellent benefits and job security
- province-wide career opportunities
- to protect fish and wildlife
- a rewarding, challenging and dynamic work environment
- paid training opportunities
- promotion opportunities
Your days as a fish and wildlife officer are varied, often exciting and always meaningful – just like your duties:
- conduct compliance checks
- inspect commercial operations
- conduct surveillance
- gather evidence
- execute search and arrest warrants
- conduct investigations
- interview witnesses and suspects
- issue licences and permits
- prepare trial briefs
- testify in court
Protect life and property
- prevent human-wildlife conflict
- control problem wildlife
- investigate property damage (eg, livestock) caused by wildlife
Deliver public education and outreach
- represent us at schools
- present at community meetings
- comment to media on operational matters
- interact regularly with stakeholders – sportsmen, commercial fishers, guides, outfitters, trappers, landowners, industry representatives, general public
We hire successful candidates at one of these classifications:
- entry-level job description (Fish and Wildlife Officer)
- full-working level job description (Fish and Wildlife Officer)
- Conservation Law Enforcement degree and one year of directly related experience
- related 2-year diploma and 3 years of directly related experience
- related Bachelor of Science degree and one year of directly related experience
- one year combined of directly related education and / or experience
Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification.
- Canadian citizen, permanent resident or eligible to work in Canada
- good physical condition – duties can involve hiking; heavy lifting; operating boats, snowmobiles and ATVs; other outdoor activities
- valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s licence
- current driver's abstract
- current standard first aid (level A)
- current CPR certificate (level C)
- defensive driving certificate
- current and clear criminal records check
- proof of a successful Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) test – in 4 minutes or less – in the last 6 months
- eligible for appointment as a peace officer under the Peace Officer Act
- eligible to qualify for firearms certification
You must meet certain medical standards:
- major body systems – cardiovascular, central nervous system, gastro intestinal, genitourinary, metabolic, musculoskeletal, respiratory
- vision – distance, near, horizontal, colour
- audiological (ie, hearing)
- others – alcohol and drug / medications, immunization, psychological / psychiatric
Learn more: Medical Standards for Fish and Wildlife Officer Recruits (PDF, 130 KB)
Skills and abilities
- high degree of integrity and maturity
- sound judgement and common sense
- excellent verbal and written communication skills
- function effectively in a team environment
- excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills
- strong leadership and role model abilities
- able to function effectively in a potentially hostile work environment
- basic computer proficiency and keyboarding skills
- able to accommodate shift work including weekends and holidays
There’s an 8-step process to becoming a fish and wildlife officer recruit:
Step 1. Resume review
Step 2. PARE test
- the PARE test is designed to evaluate your level of physical fitness to ensure you can perform the duties of a fish and wildlife officer. You must pay for the test; the ministry will reimburse you if you’re hired.
- you must have completed the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) test – in 4 minutes or less – in the last 6 months
- medical consent is required from a physician before you can participate in the PARE test
- for your scheduled PARE test, you must bring – (1) Medical Consent form that’s fully filled out and signed by a physician; (2) Consent and Test Record form
- if you live outside Alberta, we’ll accept a successful PARE test from the province you live in
PARE Medical Consent form (PDF, 163 KB)
PARE Consent and Test Record form (PDF, 162 KB)
Step 3. Interview
For the interview, you need to bring the following:
- proof of a successful PARE test
- original of valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s licence
- current driver's abstract
- current standard first aid certificate (Level C)
- current CPR certification (adult, child, infant)
- current and clear criminal records check
- 3 references – 2 must be recent or current employers
The interview panel is made up of a superintendent and inspector from the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch, as well as a human resources consultant.
You must be willing to accept an assignment in any one of several districts located across the province. Be ready to discuss which of our 59 districts you prefer.
In-person interviews are required; however, exceptions may be made for applicants who live outside Alberta.
Step 4. References and academic verification
We check your references and verify your academic credentials.
Step 5. Recruitment package
- you're required to complete our detailed medical assessment – cardiovascular, vision, hearing, etc.
- you must demonstrate that you agree with our ‘Conditions for Employment’ by reviewing and signing the appropriate documents
Step 6. Psychological test
You’re required to take a pre-employment psychological assessment, arranged by and paid for by the ministry.
Step 7. Background check
We conduct a detailed background check that examines your personal and professional life.
Step 8. Offer of employment
- this allows you to begin training as a recruit
- your offer letter includes the start date and location of your training class, plus your starting wage
Our training program for fish and wildlife officer recruits – the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy – is paid, comprehensive and designed for you.
The program runs for 16 weeks at the Hinton Training Centre in Hinton, Alberta. It’s led by instructors from across Western Canada who use innovative techniques to deliver a first-class learning experience.
We give you a structured learning environment that gets you job-ready and instills the pride and professionalism that comes with being a fish and wildlife officer.
Classroom and field experience
Our instructors guide you – in the classroom and field – through these subjects:
- emergency vehicle operation - ATV, 4x4
- emergency boat operation
- firearms - pistol, rifle, shotgun
- swift-water rescue
- human-wildlife conflict
- physical conditioning
- water and ice safety
- use of force / self-defence
- note taking and report writing
- drill / ceremony
- interviewing and interrogating
During training, you must successfully complete the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) test twice.
After you successfully complete the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy training program, you’ll return to your district and work under a field training officer for 12 months. This gives you vital operational experience.
Thank you for your interest in becoming an Alberta fish and wildlife officer.
To prepare for our next competition, make sure you meet – or will soon meet – the officer job requirements.