Conservation and fishery officers (NOC 2224)

About this job

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Conservation and fishery officers, inspectors and observers:

  • enforce the federal and provincial regulations for the protection of fish, wildlife and other natural resources
  • collect and relay information on resource management
  • work for federal and provincial government departments
Common job titles
  • monitor / observer, fisheries
  • officer, natural resources
  • ranger, forest - wildlife management
  • supervisor, district - fisheries
  • supervisor, fisheries inspectors / officers
  • warden / officer, fish and game
  • monitor / observer, fisheries
  • officer, natural resources
  • ranger, forest - wildlife management
  • ranger, park
  • supervisor, district - fisheries
  • supervisor, fisheries inspectors / officers

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$67,219

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Conservation and fishery officers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • create public awareness of fish and wildlife conservation and regulations
  • carry out patrols by truck, aircraft, boat or on foot to ensure compliance with the provincial and federal regulations relating to fish, wildlife and the environment
  • investigate complaints, arrest violators, prepare briefs and present evidence in court
  • issue licences, export documents and special permits, and collect royalties assessed on fish, wildlife and timber resources
  • put into use and oversee approved techniques in preventing or overcoming damage caused by wildlife
  • perform resource protection duties
  • gather resource data by making inventories of fish, collecting water samples and assisting biologists in scientific research
  • supervise or provide firearms safety training courses and trapper education courses

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office, or an outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to various weather conditions or an interior space such as vehicle. Also, work may take place in hazardous locations where the worker is exposed to chemicals, infectious bacteria, viruses and other substances that may be dangerous or cause illness.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of a college program in renewable resources management, environmental conservation or a related discipline is usually required.
  • On-the-job training and courses related to law enforcement and resource management are provided.
  • A class-5 driver's licence, pesticide applicator's licence and explosives licence may be required.

Skills

  • Spatial Perception
  • Innovative
  • Numerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • Motor Coordination
  • Methodical
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Aquaculture/Fisheries
  • Natural Resources Conservation & Management
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Management

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
40
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
30
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
100
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
50
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
70
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
140
Average annual employment growth:
1.9%
Expected number of job openings:
80

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

With experience, promotion to senior and supervisory positions is possible.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.