Subsidiary 5 Benchmark
Job Description - 055NR04

Identification Section

Working Title: Fish and Wildlife Officer (1)
Department: Justice and Solicitor General
Division, Branch/Unit: Fish and Wildlife Division, Enforcement Field Services Branch
Reports To: District Fish and Wildlife Officer
Levels to D.M.: 6

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(Brief summary of the job, covering the main responsibilities, the framework within which the job has to operate and the main contribution to the organization.)

Under the direct supervision of the District Fish and Wildlife Officer, the position provides operational delivery of the Enforcement-Field Services Branch's compliance assurance and problem wildlife management programs in a district. This position is entry level and the incumbent participates in formal and informal training in addition to gaining experience in the role. The Fish and Wildlife Officer provides some limited input into basic elements of the district operation, including allocation of resources and the planning of district work activities to meet program objectives.

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Responsibilities and Activities

(Purpose of the job can be broken down in different responsibilities and end results.  Each end result shows what the job is accountable for, within what framework, and what the added value is.)

1. Under direct supervision provides operational delivery of the Division's compliance program at a district-level in accordance with the law, legislated authorities and established strategies, policies, standards and procedures.
  • Provides some limited input and participates in the delivery of the district's compliance assurance program, which includes education, prevention and enforcement elements designed to achieve conformity with fisheries and wildlife legislation by the public, industry, and various stakeholder groups.
  • Responds to an array of public complaints, conducts investigations, gathers evidence, performs judicial duties and undertakes general patrol duties.
  • Executes a variety of legal processes including search and seizure with/without warrant, and detention, arrest and release.
  • Participates in inspections of taxidermists, meat cutters, fur dealers, trap lines and other related commercial enterprises.
  • Ensures prompt and effective response to public complaints.
  • Conducts enforcement of other provincial and federal legislation.
  • Participates in Departmental initiatives (G8 Summit, Shifting Gears, log truck checks).
  • Prepares trial briefs, liaises with Crown Prosecutors and performs judicial duties.
2. Supports fish and wildlife resource management by conducting problem wildlife control duties, monitoring commercial, recreational and subsistence harvests of fish and wildlife and participating in scientific research and data collection when required.
  • Participates in the delivery of problem wildlife programs within the District: including ungulate damage prevention, wolf control, the Livestock Predator Compensation Program and bear control and aversion initiatives.
  • Participates in the investigation of problem wildlife complaints, provides advice on prevention techniques and resolves issues using a variety of methods; including: establishment/maintenance of intercept feeding sites, setting of various traps and snares, tranquilizing/relocating/destroying problem wildlife.
  • Participates in activities associated with monitoring recreational and subsistence fishing and hunting, commercial fur and fish harvests.
  • Participates in resource population census, creel data collection, and research programs; including the Species at Risk Program.
3. Supports public education and inter-agency relations within the district. This will involve advocating Division programs and encouraging compliance with legislation by maintaining close working relationships with other agencies and the public in order to promote provincial, regional and district strategies that address resource management issues.
  • Fosters relationships with other organizations and agencies: RCMP, City and Municipal Law Enforcement agencies, aboriginal groups, APOS, Fish and Game Assoc., Western Walleye Council.
  • Participates in the delivery of public relations/education strategies for the district.
4. Maintains notes, records and other documents in accordance with policy as required and performs other administrative tasks related to program delivery.
  • Participates in the development of district action plans that reflect local priorities and meets Division objectives.
  • Makes budget expenditures as required and in accordance with district objectives.
  • Manages personal equipment/uniform inventory and participates in ongoing evaluations of district needs; makes recommendations as required.
  • Enters, prepares and submits reports: Occurrence Reports, ENFOR (Enforcement Occurrence Recording) system reports.
5. Maintains a safe and productive work environment by working within Human Resources, Occupational Health and Safety and union contract guidelines.
  • Provides input into work plans, shift schedules.
  • Works within OH&S policies/procedures/guidelines.
  • Participates in training/certification exercises in accordance with standards and procedures.

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(Illustrates what internal or external areas the job impacts, and the diversity, complexity, and creativity of the job.)

  • The Fish and Wildlife Officer occupies a work environment that may vary greatly from one district to another, depending on a number of factors. These include: geographic location, presence of large urban centres, ratio of public versus private land, presence of remote regions, numbers of lakes/streams and the species of wildlife and fish that occur in the district. This will impact the work in terms of the determining the major issues affecting fish and wildlife resources in the district and the compliance program priorities that the Fish and Wildlife Officer will be expected to focus on.
  • The work impacts the fisheries and wildlife resource as well as a variety of stakeholders: aboriginal groups, hunters, anglers, commercial fishers, trappers, guide/outfitters, urban and rural residents, the agricultural community and various other industries.
  • The Fish and Wildlife Officer under direct supervision is responsible for conducting investigations that may involve highly technical case law, securing/executing search warrants, making seizures, dealing with large numbers of witnesses and multiple pieces of evidence; laying of charges, arresting suspects and preparing for/attending court.
  • The Fish and Wildlife Officer, with direct supervision, deals with matters that are typically complex or controversial in nature. Inappropriate interpretation and application of policies, procedures and regulations could potentially result in injury, death, illness, financial or resource loss and/or negatively impact the client/s and/or department. May also involve the department in precedent-setting or publicly controversial situations, negatively affecting the department's credibility and/or impact the possibility of successful prosecution. Analysis and reduction of risk/uncertainty are key aspects of the job.
  • In order to be effective, the Fish and Wildlife Officer must be capable of acquiring the necessary skills and experience to develop and implement creative solutions to various work assignments (dealing with aggressive/confrontational people, solving complex problem wildlife situations, administering highly technical legal procedures). The job often involves conducting plain clothes patrols in order to carry out investigations. The position must also determine how to carry out the investigation, where/when to patrol and when/what charges will be laid.
  • Creative thinking is often required when dealing with the Problem Wildlife Program. This typically involves providing advice on prevention techniques and resolving issues using a variety of methods; including: establishment/maintenance of intercept feeding sites, setting of various traps and snares, tranquilizing/relocating/destroying problem wildlife.
  • The Fish and Wildlife Officer role involves education, prevention and enforcement components.

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(Main contacts of this position and the purpose of those contacts.)

  • Fosters relationships with other organizations and agencies: RCMP, City and Municipal Law Enforcement agencies, aboriginal groups, APOS, Fish and Game, Western Walleye Council.
  • Participates in the delivery of public relations/education strategies for the district.
  • Liaises with Crown Prosecutors and performs judicial duties in order to support prosecution of offenders.
  • Investigates and responds to complaints from the public.

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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

(Most important knowledge factors, skills and abilities including knowledge about practical procedures, specialized techniques, etc.; analytical and conceptual skills and abilities; and skills needed for direct interaction with others not only diplomas and degrees. Specific training if it is an occupational certification/registration required for the job.)

  • Applied degree in conservation or natural resource management.
  • A good understanding of the relationships between the Division and other organizations, departments and agencies combined with an ability to work collaboratively to meet objectives.
  • Highly developed communication skills to deal with a broad spectrum of the public, including an advanced understanding of verbal and non-verbal communication skills, strong listening skills and written communication skills.
  • An ability to work within a team environment in order to meet Division goals.
  • Develop knowledge of sound investigative skills, including: interviewing skills, statement analysis, a comprehensive understanding of evidence and a variety of investigative techniques that demonstrate an ability to obtain evidence that will withstand Charter challenges.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of natural resource-related provincial and federal statutes (Wildlife Act, Fisheries [Alberta] Act, Migratory Birds Convention Act, Fisheries Act (Canada), EPEA, etc.).
  • A working knowledge of other related statutes that affect investigations including: Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Criminal Code, Alberta Evidence Act, Interpretations Act, Provincial Offences Procedures Act and other provincial legislation (Gaming and Liquor Act, traffic Safety Act and Regulations, Public Lands Act and Recreational Access Regulations).
  • As a peace officer, has a thorough working knowledge and application of arrest authorities, use-of-force policy and legislation associated with inspection/search/seizure.
  • A demonstrated ability to effectively employ enforcement safety equipment in accordance with the law, Division standards, procedures and other protocols.
  • An ability to understand current trends in resource law enforcement and associated case law.
  • An ability to use tact and good judgment when dealing with people.
  • Time management skills to work independently on multiple projects and tasks.
  • Ability to think logically, analyze facts, statements and evidence in order to come to a reasonable conclusion on cases.
  • The skill and ability to develop good working relationships with various stakeholders.
  • Good personal computer skills.

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(Working titles of positions reporting directly to this position.)

This job does not have any positions reporting to it directly.

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Last Review / Update: 2016-03-11

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