Wildlife Technician

Posting Date: May 1, 2024

Location: Bonnyville, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information
Job Title: Wildlife Technician 
Job Requisition ID: 55118
Ministry: Environment and Protected Areas
Location: ​​​​​​​Bonnyville
Full or Part-Time: ​​​​​​​Full-Time
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Permanent/Temporary: ​​​​​​​2 Wages Seasonal Positions
Scope: ​​​​​​​Open Competition

Closing Date: Open until suitable candidates selected
Classification: Natural Resources 6
Salary: $30.79 to $39.15


Wage Benefits:

•    Wage employees receive 11.2% in addition to regular wage earnings in lieu of benefits and vacation leave. 

•    5.2 percent of regular wage earnings instead of paid holidays.

•    6 percent of regular wage earnings instead of annual vacation pay.

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/diversity-inclusion-policy.aspx

We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water, and biodiversity by leading the work required for desired environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources.

For more information about the Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas, please visit our website at: https://www.alberta.ca/environment-and-protected-areas

Role Responsibilities

Join our dynamic team as a Wildlife Technician, where you will play a crucial role in cormorant fieldwork and data collection under the guidance of our Senior Wildlife Biologist. You will be at the forefront of implementing fieldwork assignments, managing data collection, and conducting lab work to support our wildlife program in the northeast. Your responsibilities will include participating in safety planning and ensuring the accuracy and integrity of collected data. With activities ranging from field surveys to sample preparation, you will have the opportunity to contribute to wildlife programs in the northeast  while gaining valuable experience in wildlife management.

As part of our Wildlife Stewardship  team, you will assist in delivering our 2024 cormorant field program. You will be responsible for conducting population inventories, monitoring species distribution, oiling eggs and participating in other wildlife management initiatives in the region. Your role will involve hands-on tasks such as collecting data, managing equipment, and operating various tools and instruments. You will collaborate closely with our team to ensure the effective implementation of program components and contribute to the overall success of both our cormorant program and other wildlife management programs in the region.

In addition to fieldwork and research activities, you will play a key role in program administration, supporting data entry, quality control, and logistical coordination. Your contributions will directly impact the efficiency and effectiveness of our cormorant 

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies: https://www.alberta.ca/system/files/custom_downloaded_images/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf.

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING - Asks questions to understand a problem. Looks for new ways to improve results and activities. Explores different work methods and what made projects successful, shares learning. Collects breadth of data and perspectives to make choices.

BUILD COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS - Contributes positively by actively sharing information and listening and accepting others' points of view in an open, honest, and non-defensive way.

AGILITY - Takes opportunities to improve work processes. Anticipates and adjusts behavior to change. Remains optimistic, calm, and composed in stressful situations. Seeks advice and support to change appropriately. Works creatively within guidelines.

DRIVE FOR RESULTS - Plans based on experience. Holds self and others responsible for results. Partners with groups to achieve outcomes. Aims to exceed expectations.

Minimum recruitment standards outline the minimum education and experience required for appointment to a job classification. 
Refer to https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-minimum-recruitment-standards.


•    A 2-year diploma in sciences or in a related field
•    Plus 3 years of related experience is required
•    Valid Driver’s License (Class 5)
•    Current First Aid certification (CPR Level C)

Equivalency: Directly related education or experience considered based on:
•    1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or
•    1 year of experience for 1 year education

•    Proficient in data collection and management, with experience in data entry and database management.
•    Comprehensive understanding of fish and wildlife resource management techniques, including familiarity with various species common to Alberta.
•    Skilled in wildlife survey techniques, particularly bird surveys.
•    Knowledgeable in remote camera and ARU monitoring techniques, with the ability to leverage these assets effectively.
•    Familiarity with Alberta Fish and Wildlife policies, procedures, and legislation, along with a sound understanding of Occupational Health & Safety standards.
•    Strong writing and verbal communication skills, enabling effective interaction with diverse stakeholders.
•    Proficient in computer operation and software applications, including GIS, MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint, with additional experience in ArcGIS.
•    Exceptional bird identification skills and experience in observational surveys.
•    Proficient in data entry and management, ensuring accuracy and integrity throughout the process.
•    Ability to organize technical data efficiently, facilitating data management and analysis.
•    Proficient in conducting QA/QC of data, ensuring high-quality outputs and reliable results.
•    Effective communication skills with departmental staff, stakeholders, and the public, fostering positive relationships and transparent communication.
•    Skilled in conducting resource risk assessments, enabling informed decision-making and strategic planning.
•    Proficient in using specialized fisheries and wildlife equipment.
•    Ability to operate various field equipment, including 4x4 vehicles, quads, and boats, ensuring smooth field operations and data collection activities.


Hours of Work: 2 wage positions 36.25 hours per week Monday to Friday in Bonnyville.

In your resume, please include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience. Please also indicate if your work was full-time, part-time, or contract.

How To Apply
Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience, and relevant examples of required competencies.

Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/job-application-resources#before for more information. Please visit Recruitment Principles, for more information.

It is recommended applicants who have completed post-secondary studies from outside of Canada obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)(https://www.alberta.ca/international-qualifications-assessment.aspx) or from a recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information (https://canalliance.org/en/default.html).

It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement
This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, please contact Alba Ngjelo at Alba.Ngjelo@gov.ab.ca.