Senior Fisheries Technician

Posting Date: Jan 13, 2023

Location: Slave Lake, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Senior Fisheries Technician 

Job Requisition ID: 37589

Ministry: Environment and Protected Areas

Location: Slave Lake

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: February 03, 2023

Classification: Subsidiary 05B 3625 Natural Resources 7

About Us

The Government of Alberta (GoA) 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:   

The Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas works to protect and enhance Alberta’s environment and ecosystems to ensure a sustainable future, making life better for Albertans, works with Albertans, Indigenous communities and stakeholders to ensure the province’s environmental, social and economic outcomes for the future are met, and engages Albertans to understand the challenges in ensuring Alberta’s natural resources are managed using innovative and responsible approaches.

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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 Northwest Region of the province?  If so, this may be the opportunity for you!

The Resource Stewardship – Fish and Wildlife Branch team in the Northwest Region is currently looking to fill a permanent position for the role of Senior Fisheries Technician. Reporting to the Senior Fisheries Biologist in Slave Lake, you will be accountable for assisting in the development and delivery of a full range of fisheries management program activities, objectives, and field projects intended to ensure the long-term sustainability of fish species and fish habitat within the immediate Slave Lake district and overall Northwest Region of the province.  

As a Senior Fisheries Technician, you will function and participate as a key member of an integrated team of professional and technical staff responsible for the management of fisheries resources and delivery of annual work plans in the Northwest Region.  You will be involved with providing input to the planning and directly implementing single and multi-year projects, planning and participating in district and provincial research activities. You will operate with a high degree of independence and responsibility as you develop and implement these activities. You will have ongoing and regular contact with a variety of stakeholders; other provincial fisheries management staff; various Branch, Divisional and Departmental staff; Fish and Wildlife Enforcement and Conservation Officers; other external departments and agencies such as Department of Fisheries and Oceans; special interest groups, non-government organizations; Indigenous groups; local municipalities; the media; and the general public.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing fisheries project delivery, data collection and management, data summary, technical data reporting.
  • Conducting vehicle and equipment repair and maintenance, and delivery of district OH&S requirements, including vehicle, equipment, and infrastructure inspections.
  • Supporting the reviews of land use and resource development applications as they relate to fisheries resources.
  • Participating in the development and implementation of provincial species management and recovery plans at the local and regional level including compilation and summary of data. 
  • Assisting with managing resource allocation as per Fish and Wildlife Policy for Alberta.
  • Supporting the review, direct issuance, tracking, and data management aspects of many various fisheries licenses issued by the Department for the Slave Lake district and Northwest Region.
  • Conducting population inventory and monitoring programs (Index Netting, angler surveys, population estimates using standardized fisheries methods and techniques).
  • Supporting the delivery of district and regional fish stocking activities.
  • Supporting the development of educational and outreach initiatives related to client engagement of fisheries related education materials, as well as some supervisory components with seasonal staff.



  • A 2-year technical 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)

Equivalencies may be considered on the basis of: 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or 1 year of experience for 1 year education.

  • For Example: Bachelor of Science plus 2 years of related work experience OR, Master of Science plus 1 year of related work experience. 


Assets include

  • Demonstrated expertise with inland fisheries data collection; population assessment and monitoring; and natural resource and land use planning.  
  • Demonstrated experience with the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • 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.)
  • Familiarity and experience using firearms.
  • 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).
  • Experience with various fish aging techniques for several different sportfish species.
  • Knowledge of relevant provincial and federal acts, regulations, policies, and procedures such as the Fisheries Alberta Act and Regulation, Federal Fisheries Act, Federal Species At Risk Act, Alberta Public Lands Act and regulations, Water Act, Alberta Land Stewardship Act, the Alberta OH&S Act, and the Fish Conservation and Management Strategy for Alberta.

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 biweekly ($67,043 - $86,253/year)


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

Please Note: This is a full-time permanent position, located in Slave Lake. 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. Candidates may be asked to prepare a written assignment to further assess knowledge, experience and communication skills.

About your Work Environment: This position will involve 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 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 field work preparation and delivery.

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


What We Offer

Living and working in Slave Lake, you may be eligible for the 55th to 57th parallels retention allowance

Annual retention bonus of $6,000.00, less all lawful deductions, pro-rated based on start date. For more information, please visit: 

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

How To Apply

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