Conservation and fishery officers (NOC 2224)

About this job

Conservation and fishery officers enforce the federal and provincial regulations for the protection of fish, wildlife and other natural resources. They also collect and relay information on resource management.

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People in this career work for federal and provincial government departments.

Common job titles
  • monitor / observer, fisheries
  • officer, natural resources
  • ranger, forest - wildlife management
  • ranger, park
  • supervisor, district - fisheries
  • supervisor, fisheries inspectors / officers


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.

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.