Job requirements

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


  • Conservation Law Enforcement degree and  1 year of directly related experience
  • related two-year diploma and 3 years of directly related experience
  • related Bachelor of Science degree and 1 year of directly related experience
  • 1 year combined of directly related education and / or experience

Note: 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)

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