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Job expectations and requirements for fishery officers

Learn about the working and employment conditions for fishery officers.

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Working conditions

There are risks associated with the role of a fishery officer. Expect physical and psychological extremes in this line of work.


In addition to the weight of your own gear (soft body armour, duty belt and enforcement tools), you'll often have to lift, carry and maneuver items weighing more than 20 kilograms, such as:

These physical requirements call for:

Your land, air and sea patrols will last for hours or days. At times, you must remain stationary for lengthy periods while:


While your body may be able to cope with the physical demands, your mind must also deal with:

Because of how unpredictable enforcement actions can be, there's potential for serious accidents, injuries or illness. So, you must be mentally and emotionally prepared. Your training will help prepare you to address these situations.

Employment conditions

To be a fishery officer, you must first complete the Fishery Officer Initial Training Program (FOIT).

You will also need to:

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