Senior Fisheries Technician

Posting Date: Jan 31, 2024

Location: Cold Lake, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Senior Fisheries Technician 

Job Requisition ID: 42695

Ministry: Environment and Protected Areas

Location: Cold Lake or Bonnyville

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: Open until suitable candidate found

Classification: Natural Resources 7

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Can you imagine yourself working in a dynamic environment that provides interesting challenges and beautiful outdoor scenery? Would you like to contribute to the overall management of Provincial fisheries within the Northeast Region of the province?  If so, this may be the opportunity for you!

The Resource Stewardship – Fish and Wildlife Stewardship team in the Northeast Region is currently looking to fill a temporary position for the role of Senior Fisheries Technician. In this role, you will provide support to the Bonnyville Cormorant Monitoring and Management program. This will include undertaking fisheries assessments, cormorant monitoring and management.  You will be responsible for scheduling, preparation and maintenance of equipment, as well as for data management, data summaries, preliminary analysis and technical reporting for this program. This position will also contribute to and implement program safety plans.

The responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Organizing and completing cormorant population surveillance flights
  • Coordinating the remote camera and cormorant movement program elements and monitoring co-nesting species
  • Conducting fisheries index netting surveys 
  • Developing safety plans and ensuring compliance with AEP OH&S requirements
  • Leading the collection of wildlife and fish population data and preparing technical reports 
  • Responsible for Data entry and QA/QC, equipment maintenance logs, OH&S administration and field work schedules




  • 2-year diploma in a related field such as conservation biology, ecology, zoology, fisheries management, wildlife management or natural resources management
  • 4 years of fisheries related work experience
  • A valid class 5 driver’s license (or equivalent)

Equivalency: Directly related experience or education considered on the basis of: 

  • One year of experience for one year of education or one year of education for one year of experience. 

Assets include:

  • Demonstrated expertise with inland fisheries data collection; population assessment and monitoring; and natural resource and land use planning 
  • Proficiency with using various programs such as databases, GIS and statistical/modelling software
  • Ability to use specialized wildlife equipment such as vhf transmitters, banding, remote cameras, etc. 
  • 4x4 driving and trailer towing experience
  • Extensive experience with the operation of off-highway vehicles (4x4 quads, snowmobiles), motorized boats, specialized fisheries equipment including radio telemetry, gill nets, trap nets, boat electrofishing, backpack electrofishing, limnologic water sampling, and other fisheries management sampling equipment
  • Demonstrated experience conducting fisheries survey inventories from aerial-based platforms (i.e., Rotary-wing and fixed-wing)
  • Ability to work outdoors in adverse environmental conditions (cold, rain, etc.)
  • Experience with various fish aging techniques for several different sportfish species.
  • Proficiency in use of computers including MS Office: Word, Excel, and presentation software programs, along with knowledge and familiarity with Alberta’s Fish and Wildlife Information System (FWMIS)

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:

Creative Problem Solving – This position will be responsible for safe and effective delivery of several fisheries projects annually often with challenging and unpredictable issues to resolve.  The individual will need to quickly react and look for ways to improve activities and explore ways to solve complex problems to be more efficient and effective to meet provincial goals and management outcomes.


Drive for Results – This position is expected to take their experiences and past learnings to plan, partner and lead to achieve and exceed project expectations.


Build Collaborative Environments – The position will work cooperatively with stakeholders, delivery partners, federal government counterparts and other government employees on various projects and initiatives that achieve department and resource management objectives.


Develop Self and Others – This senior technician position takes initiative in staying current on various fisheries techniques, technology and field project design and delivery.   



$2,568.72 to $3,304.72 bi-weekly ($67,043 - $86,253/year).



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

Please Note: This is a full time temporary position with an end date of September 30, 2024. 

Location: Cold Lake or Bonnyville

  • Housing accommodations may be available. 


About Your Work Environment:

This position will be located in either Cold Lake or Bonnyville. You may be required to work and travel for extended hours including working on some weekends.  You will need to function and work both independently and participate as a key member of an integrated team of professional and technical staff responsible for the management of fisheries and wildlife resources and delivery of annual work plans in the region. You will have ongoing and regular contact with a variety of stakeholders: other provincial fisheries management staff; various Branch, Divisional and Departmental GOA staff; local municipalities; provincial enforcement and conservation officers; other departments and agencies (such as Department of Fisheries and Oceans); general public; stakeholder groups; non-government organizations; First Nations, Métis and the media.

This position will involve travel, of which during the data collection season (spring to fall) most travel will be related to fieldwork. This may include remote overnight camp stays for multiple days (2-10 evenings). Other times of the year, travel is expected to be minimal. The position requires eligibility and ability to operate specialized equipment including multiple types of watercraft, off highway vehicles, 4x4 fleet vehicles, electrofishing equipment, and other equipment as required. The position at times will be required to travel via multiple types of aircraft (fixed wing and helicopter) in order to complete program delivery. The position will at times be physically demanding and involves heavy lifting associated with fieldwork preparation and delivery.

Any costs associated with obtaining the required documents/checks as noted or interview travel expenses will be the responsibility of the candidate. Out-of-province applicants can obtain the required documents/checks from the province they currently reside in. 

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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 job description, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Jane McEwen, TAS Administrator via email at

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