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Wildlife Technician II

Job Summary

Location: Fort Smith
Department: Environment and Natural Resources
Job ID: 18513
Salary: $88,803 - $106,061
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Jun 5, 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

Located in Fort Smith, this position assists the Regional Manager of Wildlife Research and Monitoring to conduct studies on assigned species and their habitats, conduct laboratory analysis of specimens, collect data and assist in both data analysis and writing internal reports and technical publications.

Working with direction from the Manager of Wildlife, Research and Monitoring and in cooperation with with departmental wildlife biologists and management staff to conduct projects for wildlife management programs throughout the South Slave Region,  The incumbent assists with the administration of a program budget comprised on both internal and external funding.  Information provided by this program is required by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, co-management boards, Aborignal organizations, Hunters and Trappers organizations, industry, universities, other agencies and the public to develop management strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of wildlife and their habitats.

Applicants must possess specialized knowledge of biology, wildlife ecology, population dynamics and wildlife habitat studies as well as solid knowledge of and ability to apply experimental design and statistical analyis, wildlife laboratory techniques, diet analysis, histology, necropsy techniques, and range inventory methods.  Knowledge of and experience with computers including spreadsheets, data tabulation and analysis, word processing and graphics presentation along with the ability to write illustrated reports are essential.  Broad experience with survival skills and abilities in living on the land activities including outdoor camping, navigation and survival, mechanical repair and proven ability to work under harsh field conditions are requiired.  Understanding of Traditional knowledge and culture, as well as western scientific principles, conservation and resource development issues are also required.  The ability to interact and work with wildlife users and hunters and trappers associations in a positive fashion as well as the ability to communicate research information through written and oral presentations to community groups, Hunters and Trappers organizations, co-management boards, staff and the general public on a regular basis are also requirements,

Typically, the knowledge, skills and abilities required are normally acquired by a combination of a Technical Diploma in Natural Resources with two (2) to  three (3) years of related northern field experience or a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology with one (1) to two (2) years of northern field experience.

Certifications in Transportation of Dangerous Goods, First Aid and CPR/AED and small vessel operator proficiency would be assets,


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 876

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information


This job opening is for a Non-Traditional Occupations.  Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


The incumbent in this position will be required to travel by small aircraft for field trips approximately 15 times per year, average 3 to 4 days per trip and may include week-ends.

Bona Fide Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is the eligibility for Possession of a Firearms Acquisition License from the Canadian Firearms Centre.

Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 5 Driver's License


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $45.54per hour (approximately $88,803.00 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $6, 406.00.


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

Affirmative Action

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

Criminal Records Check

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


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 # 18513         

Closing Date:  June 5, 2020 -  23:59, Mountain Time