How to Become a Conservation Officer in Canada

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Conservation officers have a great responsibility. They are responsible for enforcing the laws that have been developed to protect nature and natural resources. There are many different types of conservation officers and possible career paths. Becoming a conservation officer in Canada requires that you study specific courses from accredited institutions. Each province has it’s own regulations and qualifications for those wishing to become a conservation officer.

Things You'll Need

  • C.P.R training
  • First-aid certification
  • Diploma or degree from accredited institution
  • Investigate what is required to become a conservation officer in your home province. Each Canadian province has different standards and guidelines you must follow. The requirements for each province are composed of formal education, in-the-field experience and other training.

  • Acquire applicable education and relevant experience. In most provinces you must graduate from a Natural Resources or Law Enforcement program at an accredited school. Every province has a provincial conservation officer information website where you can find the accredited schools and approved programs in your province.

  • Obtain supporting certificates. Aside from earning your diploma or degree in the appropriate course to qualify for a career as a conservation officer, there are other certificates and training needed before you can apply for most jobs. For example, in all provinces you will need to acquire first-aid and C.P.R. training. In some provinces, you will need to earn your Firearms Possession and Acquisition License. Depending on the type of work you will be doing, you may also need to earn your Boating Safety Operator Card.

  • Research available jobs and possible employment opportunities. Each province has a variety of employment opportunities that range from Park Wardens to Fishery Officers. You must decide which type of conservation officer job you will be applying for as it will dictate the information you include on your resume.

  • Submit your resume and supporting documentation to the designated office. Once you have decided which type of conservation officer job you are interested in applying for, ensure that you include your training and certification relevant to the position. Every province requires that you submit a current criminal background check with your resume to qualify for a position as a conservation officer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Most provinces list job openings on their conservation officer or natural resource websites.
  • Some provinces require that you obtain your supporting certification (boating license, firearm permit, canine-handling license) prior to completing an accredited program.

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