Wildlife Biologists (2 Positions Available)

Posting Date: Feb 28, 2023

Location: Grande Prairie & Peace River, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Wildlife Biologists (2 Positions Available) 

Job Requisition ID: 34342

Ministry: Environment and Protected Areas

Location: Grande Prairie & Peace River

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition


Classification: Subsidiary 05B 3625 Natural Resources 8

About Us

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


As a Wildlife Biologist, you will support the Senior Wildlife Biologist by managing field programs, developing comprehensive reports and providing interpretations and recommendations on significant wildlife issues. This position plays a key role in providing strong professional and operational support, advice, and direction to various provincial level tasks, strategies, policies, and processes. Your in-depth knowledge of resource management will enable you to function as the area-level subject matter expert for specific management projects. This position requires knowledge and experience with: 

  • Wildlife data collection techniques, which includes aerial surveys and population inventories, habitat inventory and monitoring. 
  • Area and regional game species and non-game species including furbearers and species-at-risk. 
  • Hunting and trapping management and consulting with stakeholders on allocations and regulation recommendations. 
  • All aspects of resource development, extraction, and mitigation techniques as they affect wildlife, populations, and habitats. 
  • Database management, statistics, modelling and GIS 

You will join a team of biologists that shares responsibility for delivery of the wildlife program.  In this role, you must be equally comfortable collaborating with other biologists and exercising a high degree of independence, working toward ensuring the sustainability of wildlife populations and their habitats and addressing all wildlife program interests related to allocation, conservation, and integrated resource management.  Your solid leadership, interpersonal, communication, problem solving, and negotiating skills will serve you well in dealing with other professionals, aboriginal communities, stakeholders, industry, and the public.  

As the successful candidate, you will be operating out of an office setting. Travel within the region and throughout the province will be required as part of your responsibilities.  You will have frequent contact with department staff and colleagues, other government departments, clients, and external stakeholders province-wide and work under the supervision of the Senior Wildlife Biologist.



  • A degree in biology or other related field (eg., conservation biology, renewable resource management, etc)
  • Four years of directly related experience in wildlife ecology and/or wildlife management, including integrating wildlife habtat considerations with land use.   
  • A valid Class 5 driver's license or equivalent   


Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate experience managing wildlife programs or project outcomes.  



  • A related two-year diploma plus 6 years related experience 
  • Additional education will be considered in lieu of experience on a one-for-one basis.  



  • A postgraduate degree in wildlife management
  • Experience with GIS, data management, and spatial analysis 

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/assets/documents/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf

  • Agility: Ability to anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities, manage resilience in times of uncertainty and effectively work in a changing environment.
  • Drive for Results: Knowing what outcomes are important and maximizing resources to achieve results that are aligned with the goals of the organization, while maintaining accountability to each other and external stakeholders.
  • Systems Thinking: The work done within the APS is part of a larger integrated and inter-related environment. It is important to know that work done in one part of the APS impacts a variety of other groups/projects inside and outside the APS. Systems Thinking allows us to keep broader impacts and connections in mind.
  • Creative Problem Solving: Ability to assess options and implications in new ways to achieve outcomes and solutions.


$2,854.12 to $3,686.30 bi-weekly  ($74,492 - $96,212/year)


Hours of Work: 36.25 hours of work per week, Monday to Friday.


Please Note: There are 2 full time permanent positions available: one located in Peace River, and one located in Grande Prairie. As a part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to complete a written assignment. 


Applicants are required to provide a cover letter with clear and concise specific examples that demonstrate how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements and competencies.


What We Offer: 

Living and working in Peace River and Grande Prairie you may be eligible for the following:

  • 55th to 57th parallels retention allowance: annual retention bonus of $6,000.00, less all lawful deductions, the payment will be made in 2 installments per year and shall be pro-rated based on the employee's commencement date. For more detailed information on this perk check out this link: https://www.alberta.ca/premium-pay-directive.aspx 

How To Apply

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Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/navigating-online-jobs-application.aspx to learn more about creating a candidate profile and other tips for the Government of Alberta’s online application system. 

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system, click here to access the main log in page where you are able to ‘Create an account’, reset your password (‘Forgot your password’) or ‘Sign In’ should you already have an account. 

Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant. 

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-jobs.aspx 

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.

Resources for applicants:


It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) https://www.alberta.ca/iqas-overview.aspx. Applicants are encouraged to 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 Jane McEwen via email at Jane.Mcewen@gov.ab.ca.

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.