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Wildlife Veterinarian

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Environment and Natural Resources
Job ID: 17732
Salary: $108,732 - $129,890
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Feb 7, 2020

Department Information

Environment and Natural Resources actively collaborates to protect, manage and restore ecosystem health, promote environmental stewardship and support the wise use of natural resources for the benefit of ecosystems, which include the people of the Northwest Territories.

Job Information

The Wildlife Veterinarian is located in Yellowknife and reports to the Director, Wildlife. The Wildlife Veterinarian is responsible for the development and implementation of the Northwest Territories Wildlife Health Strategy, which is intended to protect and promote wildlife health as an integral part of the Department's wildlife management and conservation efforts. The Wildlife Veterinarian leads the GNWT Wildlife Health Program, and is responsible for the development, delivery and scientific credibility of integrated wildlife health surveillance, protection and management initiatives.

The Wildlife Veterinarian is responsible for monitoring for threats to the health of the wildlife, and providing timely advice or taking action to prevent or mitigate potentially significant impacts of diseases on wildlife populations, as well as on domestic animal and public health. The incumbent requires highly specialized knowledge and skills, and an ability to use diverse problem solving skills and innovative approaches to understand and respond to complex and frequently novel issues. Given the nature, urgency and potential impact of some wildlife disease situations, the position requires a high degree of autonomy and freedom to act. The Wildlife Veterinarian has a responsibility to manage confidential and personal information, provide and verify health certifications required by other agencies or governments, and meet formal disease reporting requirements required by territorial and federal legislation and policy.

The Wildlife Veterinarian works collaboratively with other department staff, territorial/provincial/federal wildlife and animal health agencies, Health and Social Services, other public health agencies, non-governmental wildlife health organizations, universities, wildlife co-management boards, Aboriginal governments and organizations, and communities to identify and address key wildlife health issues of importance to the Government of the Northwest Territories. The incumbent provides direction and guidance on collaborative wildlife health projects, and must be able to lead and motivate a diverse group of individuals and organizations.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and additional post-graduate training or specialization in wildlife pathology, disease ecology or epidemiology, or another wildlife health related field (degree or certification). Alternatively, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a minimum of three (3) years of related experience in a relevant field of wildlife health research and management.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445

More Information


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $55.76 per hour to $66.61 per hour (approximately $108,732.00 - $129,890.00) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.00.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 17732        

Closing Date: February 7, 2020 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.