Wildlife Technician (Temporary 6 Months - Grande Prairie/Peace River)

Grande Prairie (Region), Alberta
Jul 10, 2018
Jul 23, 2018
Job ID #1049810
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Full time, Permanent
Salary Type

Wildlife Technician (Temporary 6 Months - Grande Prairie/Peace River)

Natural Resources 6

Alberta Environment and Parks, Grande Prairie / Peace River. 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

We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water, and biodiversity by leading the work required for the desired environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources.

For more information about the Ministry of Environment and Parks, please visit our website at: http://aep.alberta.ca/

The wildlife technician position is designed to support the wildlife management team within Resource Management, including a cross-regional team of 12 senior and area wildlife biologists, to deliver wildlife objectives for the Peace Region. Responsibilities will include assisting with wildlife surveys (i.e. ungulates [moose, elk, deer, caribou, sheep, goats, bison], carnivores, and furbearers) and wildlife habitat assessment components including: data collection, management and analysis, assisting in the planning and delivery of population surveys, file management and archiving, equipment maintenance, and participation in research activities. The position functions as a key member of an integrated team of professional and technical staff responsible for the management of wildlife resources in the Upper and Lower Peace Region. The incumbent will require excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be required to work independently, however direction will be provided by the supervisor and other wildlife staff.

While these positions will be located in their respective offices within either Grande Prairie (Upper Peace) or Peace River (Lower Peace), the work will provide opportunities to work within both regions. The Peace Region is a busy region for wildlife management and this position will involve interaction with a diverse team of over 12 wildlife biologists and technicians. The working area spans across a mosaic of Rocky Mountains, farmland, boreal forests, and prairie-parkland. The Peace Region offers abundant recreational activities including canoeing/kayaking, hiking, skiing, fishing and hunting.

The Peace Region offers a dynamic work environment with 10-50% of time expected to be in the field, with travel within the region done by vehicle, ATV, fixed-wing or helicopter. There is the potential for extensive time out of the office while conducting winter surveys. Applicants must be willing to work overtime and on some weekends.

For more information or questions about the Peace River office, please contact: Natalka Melnycky (Natalka.melnycky@gov.ab.ca, (780) 618-1647). For more information or questions about the Grande Prairie office, please contact: Mike Russell (Mike.Russell@gov.ab.ca, ((780)833-4370).

Salary: $2,150.48 to $2,734.23 bi-weekly ($56,127 to $71,363 annually). Closing Date: July 23, 2018. Job ID #1049810


  • A related two-year diploma plus 3 years related experience. Related diploma includes Natural Sciences, Bachelor of Science degree or similar equivalency
  • A willingness and physical ability to participate in aerial surveys from both a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft
  • Physical ability to conduct field work. For example, use of ATVs, assisting others in safe lifting of fuel drums, moving and manipulating immobilized wildlife etc.
  • Standard 1st aid, or ability to acquire within 2 weeks of hire
  • Working knowledge with data collection and data entry procedures, sampling/survey techniques and record keeping for wildlife management initiatives


  • An understanding of methods for data management and analysis techniques
  • Ability and familiarity with GIS techniques and software
  • An understanding of fish and wildlife resource management techniques
  • Working knowledge of game, non-game, furbearer species common to Alberta
  • Awareness of Wildlife Act, Species at Risk Act, Alberta fish and wildlife policies, procedures and legislation
  • Familiarity with Occupational Health & Safety standards, practices and responsibilities.

Equivalencies will be considered. 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.

Competencies are behaviours 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. The links below will assist you with understanding competencies: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/Practitioners/?file=learning/apscompetencies/titlepage&cf=9


Critical competencies for this role are:

  • Creative Problem Solving:  Assessing options and implications in new ways to achieve outcomes and solutions as necessary.
  • 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.
  • Develop Networks:  Proactively building networks, connecting and building trust in relationships with different stakeholders.

This position may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, at equal or lower classification and salary.

Please specify on your cover letter which location you prefer (Grande Prairie or Peace River). Also specify if you are interested in one location only. Note that regardless of location travel to both regions will be required.

This temporary opportunity will be required for 6 months. This position may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, at equal or lower classification and salary.

What we offer:

Online applications are preferred via www.jobs.alberta.ca. 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.

Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Please ensure that this document is saved using the naming convention of your last then first name (Smith,Joe_Resume). Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.

To apply online, for first time users you will be required to create a Careers Account. https://www.alberta.ca/navigating-online-jobs-application.aspx
Information regarding Alberta Public Service Jobs: https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-jobs.aspx
Tips for applicants: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/staff/staff-resources/tips-for-applying-on-jobs.pdf

Please address your cover letter to Human Resources.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact Human Resources at (780) 422-5887.

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) - http://work.alberta.ca/iqas

It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Position Profile 

Please see the attached position description for a detailed list of the job responsibilities:


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, please contact Human Resources at (780) 422-5887. If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check https://alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-jobs.aspx for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.