Fort McMurray, Canada

Wildlife Technician

General Description: Wildlife technicians participate in programs which assess and monitor wildlife conditions in the Athabasca oil sands region of northern Alberta. Tasks will primarily involve breeding bird surveys and migrating waterfowl surveys. Other tasks may include amphibian call and egg mass surveys, general wildlife encounter surveys, wildlife habitat evaluations, data entry and analysis, and assistance with the writing of reports. Technicians can expect extensive field work at remote and mine-site locations in Northern Alberta.

Location: Fort McMurray, AB – This is a full-time permanent position. All of our staff reside in Fort McMurray. This is not a fly-in, fly-out position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in field programs and projects that assess and monitor wildlife populations and wildlife habitat conditions.
  • Assist with aquatic-related projects such as fish salvages, fish habitat surveys, and water quality monitoring.
  • Enter data and assist in analysis and preparation of reports.
  • Comply with Hatfield’s Health and Safety Management Plan, the law, and client health and safety protocols.
  • Comply with Hatfield’s Quality Management Plan and external requirements and regulations.
  • Conduct other duties as assigned.


  • Wildlife identification skills, particular for waterfowl and song birds.
  • Ability to work in a team of technicians with varying levels of experience, and to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Familiarity with data collection and field navigation (including GPS use, and map interpretation).
  • Problem-solving skills (analyze a case or situation and recommend solution(s)).
  • Excellent communication skills including professional engagement with clients.
  • Good physical condition (ability to endure long working days and adverse weather conditions).
  • Data entry and reporting skills using MS Office.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Must have or be working towards an environmental diploma, B.Sc. or higher degree in biological sciences.
  • Experience driving in rough terrain (i.e., driving a four-wheel drive truck, an ATV or an argo).
  • 2-3 years field experience.
  • Experience operating in a dynamic environment that requires flexibility and teamwork
  • An ability/interest to work in remote locations.
  • First Aid certification and a current Driver’s License.
  • Appropriate certifications for work in Alberta are preferred (e.g., CSTS, OSSA).

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