Position Profile

Job Title:  Fisheries Technician – Entry Level (8 positions)

Work Unit:  F&W, Fisheries Management

Ministry:   Alberta Environment and Parks

Competition Number:  1041018

Date:  March 2017



The fisheries technician position is designed to assist the senior and area fisheries biologist to deliver fisheries objectives for the collection of pre-adaptive management experiment data associate with ReLM funded projects. Responsibilities will include: project delivery, data collection, fish sampling, equipment maintenance and population surveys. The position functions as a key member of an integrated team of professionals and technical staff responsible for the management of fisheries across the East Slopes.

Fisheries Technicians are mentored by more senior biological staff to enhance their knowledge of the organization, their skill development, applied scientific knowledge and their personal suitability.

Responsibilities and Activities


Resource Management - General

Aids program biologist in organizing workload, developing work plans, assigning priorities with assistance from supervisors and maintains project data bases.


  • Participates in development of personal work plan to effectively accomplish assigned resource management objectives.
  • Aid in coordinating and implementing field work assigned by project biologist.
  • Upkeep databases associated with project delivery. This will include data cleaning and entry into provincial database.

Resource Management - Species/Population

Aid in implementing program in accordance to direction from supervisor(s) and assists in project delivery.


  • Assist in the implementation of watershed scale fish assessments. This includes organizing shift schedules, equipment preparation, fish sampling, data acquisition and management.
  • Assist in the implementation of priority population assessments required for allocation review. This includes but not limited to organizing and implementing assessment logistics, data collection, fish aging, data entry, and reporting.


Responsible for assigned field equipment operation, repair, inventory and use. Responsible for the tracking of own expenses while on the job and entering these expenses online. Also responsible for completing timesheets for supervisor approval.


  • Aids in procuring and maintaining equipment, while maintaining accurate inventory and ensuring that all equipment is operated in a safe manner.
  • Completes personal expense claims and timesheets.
  • Track, maintain and organize all receipts and records of purchases for budgeting purposes.



This is a technical position that:

  • Assists senior and area biologists in delivering fisheries assessments.
  • Assists senior and area biologists with the implementation of research projects; which include watershed level fisheries assessments.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities



  • High School Diploma and enrolment in a Natural Sciences diploma or degree program.
  • Directly related graduate education may be considered in lieu of experience.
  • Working knowledge of how to collect data. Sampling techniques include electrofishing (backpack, boat and float), gill netting, seine netting, angling, trap netting.
  • An understanding of methods for data management and security.
  • An understanding of fish and wildlife resource management techniques.
  • Working knowledge of various fish species common to Alberta.
  • Some awareness of Alberta fish and wildlife policies, procedures and legislation.
  • Familiarity with Occupational Health & Safety standards, practices and responsibilities.
  • Some general understanding of Alberta fish and wildlife resource management programs.


  • Good writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Operation of various computers programs including: data bases, GIS, MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint
  • Capable of working effectively in a team environment.
  • Certified in First aid training including CPR and the use of AEDs (automated external defibrillator)
  • ATV certification.
  • Electrofishing certification.
  • Innovative thinking for effective problem solving.
  • Relevant boat operating certification/training and experience.


  • Hold or eligible to hold a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) for firearms.
  • Ability to work unsupervised or within a team setting with the initiative to complete work tasks as outlined by supervisor.
  • Ability to take and incorporate direction given by supervisor to complete assigned tasks as directed.
  • Ability to organize and interpret technical and scientific knowledge.
  • Ability to communicate expectations and objectives to staff and supervisors.
  • Ability to work in remote camp settings for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to endure physically demanding work.
  • Ability to use specialized fisheries equipment including: radios, gill nets, trap nets, electro-fishers, etc.
  • Ability to operate a variety of field equipment including: 4x4’s, quads, small and large boats and motors.


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