Conservation Officer, Park Warden & Fishery Officer
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Conservation officers manage resources, visitor services, maintenance and recreation in provincial parks and educate the public about related issues. Fish and wildlife officers protect, preserve and manage fish and wildlife resources. Park wardens are responsible for natural and cultural resource management, public safety and law enforcement in Canada's national parks. (Adapted from alis.alberta.ca)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- ECO Canada career profiles
- Sokanu - career profile and videos:
- Career Fact Sheet: Natural Resource Officer - Manitoba Government
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- A Day in the Life of a Park Ranger - The Princeton Review
- Wanna be a Fishery Officer? - Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Becoming a Fishery Officer - Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Career Profile: Natural Resource Manager at Riding Mountain National Park - Government of Canada
Completion of a program in renewable resources management, environmental conservation or a related discipline is usually required, including courses in law enforcement (NOC). The University of Manitoba does not offer specialized education, but students may choose to pursue a related degree at U of M and build pertinent experience. Please contact Parks Canada, Sustainable Development Manitoba or your provincial parks and conservation department for recruitment information.
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Exploring Other Education Options
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials- information for foreign-trained conservation and fishery officers
Labour market information
Labour market information informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network.
- Manitoba Natural Resource Officers Association
- North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association
- U.S Fish and Wildlife Association
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Environmental Careers Organization Canada (ECO Canada)
- Listing of National Parks - Parks Canada
- Provincial Parks listing - Manitoba Government
Search occupations of interest in the industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.
External resources that will provide you with additional information about the occupation, areas of work and opportunities to build experience:
- Parks Canada - Government of Canada
- Fisheries & Oceans Canada - Government of Canada
- Sustainable Development Manitoba - Government of Manitoba
- Nature Manitoba
- Manitoba Wildlife Federation
- Manitoba Conservation Districts Association
- Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)
- Ducks Unlimited (Manitoba)
- Canadian Wildlife Federation
- United States Fish & Wildlife Service (U.S. Government)
- Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (U.S.)
- North Woods Law- television show on Animal Planet
- Green Mentor Program: Project Learning Tree Canada - for youth aged 18 to 30 with an interest in forestry and conservation