Conservation and fishery officers (NOC 2224)

Significant seasonality

Job titles

  • conservation officer
  • district inspector - fisheries
  • district supervisor - fisheries
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Nature of work

This unit group includes conservation and fishery officers, inspectors and observers who enforce federal and provincial regulations established for the protection of fish, wildlife and other natural resources and collect and relay information on resource management. They are employed by federal and provincial government departments.

Fields of interest

  • Developing and working with natural resources
  • Keeping watch, protecting, and being in charge of security
  • Working in nature or with animals
  • Working outdoors or with the environment

Main duties

  • Conservation and fishery officers, inspectors and observers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Generate public awareness of fish and wildlife conservation and regulations
  • - Conduct patrols by truck, aircraft, boat, or on foot, to ensure compliance with the provincial and federal statutes relating to fish, wildlife and the environment
  • - Investigate complaints, arrest violators, prepare briefs and present evidence in court
  • - Issue licences, export documents and special permits and collect royalties assessed on fish, wildlife and timber resources
  • - Implement and supervise approved techniques in preventing or overcoming damage caused by wildlife
  • - Perform resource protection duties, such as inspecting fishing gear and equipment and monitoring fishing activities for compliance with regulations
  • - Gather resource data by making inventories of fish, collecting water samples and assisting biologists in scientific research
  • - Supervise or provide firearms safety training courses and trapper education courses.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of a college program in renewable resources management, environmental conservation or a related discipline is usually required.
  • * On-the-job training and courses related to law enforcement and resource management are provided.
  • * A class-5 driver's licence, pesticide applicator's licence and explosives licence may be required.

Skill type

  • Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * Progression to senior and supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Professional associations

  • Ordre des technologues professionnels du Québec (OTPQ)
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