Recruiting process

There’s an eight-step process to becoming a fish and wildlife officer recruit.

1 Resume review

When you submit your resume and requested documents through the Government of Alberta Jobs website, we review them to make sure you meet – or will soon meet – the officer job requirements.

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 test centres

PARE Medical Consent form

PARE Consent and Test Record form

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.

Note: In-person interviews are required; however, exceptions may be made for applicants who live outside Alberta.

4 References and academic verification

We check your references and  verify your academic credentials.

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

6 Psychological test

You’re required to take a pre-employment psychological assessment, arranged by and paid for by the ministry.

7 Background check

We conduct a detailed background check that examines your personal and professional life.

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