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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

Expect physical and psychological extremes in this line of work.


In addition to the weight of your own gear, you’ll have to lift items weighing more than 20 kilograms daily, 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:

Be prepared for health risks on a regular basis while performing arrests and enforcement activities. You’ll be in contact with aggressive, violent and/or ill individuals. Illness may include contagious diseases.


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. For instance, you may become a target for violence if your identity is discovered during an infiltration operation. You may need to use deadly force in such instances.

Your training will prepare you to address these situations.

Employment conditions

To be a fishery officer, you must first complete the Fishery Officer Career Progression Program classroom training.

You will also need to:

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