Job requirements

Find out if you have what it takes to be a fish and wildlife officer.

Qualifications

Entry level

  • Conservation Law Enforcement degree
    OR
  • Natural Resource Management diploma and several years of directly related experience
    OR
  • related Bachelor of Science degree

Note: A one-year Conservation Law Enforcement certificate will be considered in lieu of some experience.

Full-working level

  • Conservation Law Enforcement degree and several years of directly related experience
    OR
  • Natural Resource Management diploma and many years of directly related experience
    OR
  • related Bachelor of Science degree and several years of directly related experience

Note: A one-year Conservation Law Enforcement certificate will be considered in lieu of some experience.

Requirements

General

  • 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

Medical

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)

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