Position Profile

Job Title:  Fisheries Technician

Work Unit:  F&W, Fisheries Management

Ministry:   Alberta Environment and Parks

Competition Number:  1042564

Date:  May 2017



The fisheries technician position is designed to assist Operations fisheries biologists in the completion of stock assessments and fisheries surveys across the region assigned and in some cases in adjacent regions. Responsibilities will include: project delivery in conducting fisheries surveys, data collection, fish sampling, data entry, and equipment maintenance. The position functions as a key member of an integrated team of professionals and technical staff responsible for the management of regional fisheries. This position will require the commitment and flexibility to work primarily in a field based situation at various water-bodies throughout central Alberta and possibly elsewhere in the province throughout the entire summer months and into the early fall. The position(s) will require the ability to work extended hours and possible shifts varying up to 10 days on and 4 days off.

Fisheries Technicians are supervised by more senior biological staff to enhance their knowledge of the organization and their skill development.

Responsibilities and Activities


Resource Management – General

Aids supervising 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 supervising biologist.
  • Upkeep databases associated with project delivery. This will include data cleaning, entry into provincial database, and completion of data summaries.
  • May be asked to review data returns from Research Licences for quality control.
  2. 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 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.
  3. Administration

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 regional biologists in delivering fisheries assessments.
  • Assists senior and regional biologists with all aspect of field data collections and data management.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities



  • High School Diploma, and enrollment in a Natural Sciences diploma or degree program, or
  • Diploma in Natural Sciences, or
  • A Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Directly related graduate education may be considered in lieu of experience.
  • Working knowledge of how to collect data. Sampling techniques include electro-fishing (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 and 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.
  • Fish aging.
  • 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.
  • Electro-fishing 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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