Fisheries Biologist (3 positions)

Posting Date: Mar 1, 2023

Location: Various Locations (see NOTES s, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Fisheries Biologist (3 positions)

Job Requisition ID: 37494

Ministry: Environment and Protected Areas

Location: Various Locations (see NOTES section below for details)

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: Open until suitable candidate found

Classification: Natural Resources 8

About Us

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Are you passionate about ensuring the long-term sustainability of fisheries populations and fisheries habitats in Alberta? This may be the position for you!!

Reporting to the Senior Fisheries Biologist, the successful candidate will function with a high degree of independence and participate as a key member of an integrated team of professional and technical staff responsible for the management of fisheries resources.

You will: 

  • Participate in public consultation processes, participate on assigned committees, contribute to identification of district enforcement priorities, process research permits, maintain databases and participate in development proposal reviews in the Region, including development of recommendations and negotiation of solutions.
  • Provide input to, and implement, species population inventory and monitoring programs, develop recommendations for harvest allocation of fisheries resources, provide information and assist in the development of species management and recovery plans and their implementation, and provide input to provincial standards and procedures.
  • Ensure that fisheries population and habitat objectives for the district and region are incorporated into integrated resource management processes to help reduce the impact of agricultural, industrial and recreational activities on fisheries resources, and/or to enhance area habitat needs to ensure long term viability of fisheries resources. 
  • Participate in land management decision-making processes. 
  • Provide input to the development of fisheries management objectives and programs, participates in various landscape management planning and development exercises, and provides professional advice to others on designing effective mitigation and conservation strategies. 
  • Provide supervision (where necessary) to technical staff, wage staff, and contract staff.
  • Implement monitoring programs in some of the most remote and beautiful lakes and rivers within northern Alberta.
  • Participate in a dynamic team setting with other professional staff throughout the Northwest Region offering a variety of experience and development opportunities.

About your Work Environment:
This position will involve some travel, of which during the data collection season (spring to fall) most travel will be related to field work. 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 watercrafts, off highway vehicles, 4 X 4 fleet vehicles, electrofishing equipment, firearms, 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 (up to 23 kg) associated with field work preparation and delivery.



  • Degree in Biology, Fisheries Management, or a related Natural Sciences field.
  • Four years of directly related practical experience in fisheries and land-use management from which to apply scientific knowledge and establish a sound working level knowledge base.
  • Valid Class 5 (or higher) driver’s license or equivalent.


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


  • Extensive and detailed knowledge of data collection techniques, population, habitat, and inventory monitoring, species life histories, population analysis, disease identification and control.
  • Detailed knowledge of all regional (NW Alberta) fish species.
  • Extensive and detailed specific knowledge on aspects of resource development, extraction, and management techniques/constraints/activities, as they effect fisheries status, populations, and habitats.

Candidates must be able to:

  • Operate specialized equipment (e.g., 4x4, quads, ski-doo, small boats and motors, fish capture equipment, etc).
  • Conduct fisheries survey inventories from aerial-based platforms (i.e., Rotary-wing and fixed-wing).
  • Be comfortable working outdoors in adverse environmental conditions (cold, rain, etc.)

Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification and salary.

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:

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.

Build Collaborative Environments: Leads and contributes to the conditions and environments that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve outcomes.

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 3 full time permanent positions available in the North Region: (1) in Grande Prairie, (1) in Peace River, and (1) in Slave Lake. Please indicate in your cover letter your location preference. 

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. In your resume include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience. 

As a part of the selection process candidates may be asked to prepare a written assignment to further assess knowledge, experience and communication skills.

What We Offer: 

Please visit Research Alberta Careers for more information about the compensation for this position:

Living and working in the North Region, you may be eligible for the 55th to 57th parallels retention allowance: 

How To Apply

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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) 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, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Jane McEwen 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.