Local recruitment: Fisheries Technician

Government of Yukon Canada

Whitehorse, YT, Canada 🇨🇦

Department: Government of Yukon -> Environment – Fisheries Operations

Location: Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6 CA (Primary)

Job Type: Term/Temporary

End Date: 31 August 2024

Full/Part Time: Full-time

Standard Hours Bi-weekly: 75

Classification: ST14

Salary: $76,874.00 – $89,135.00

Union: YEU

Days Off: As Per Rotation

Travel: 25%

Admissibility: Open to all Candidates, Preference – Canadian Indigenous Ancestry, Preference – Yukon First Nations ancestry

This competition is open to all candidates who meet the above noted Admissibility. A hiring preference will apply for qualified candidates of Canadian Indigenous ancestry, with a priority for qualified Yukon First Nation candidates. This initiative is in support of Yukon government’s goal for a representative public service. For more information on the hiring preference visit www.yukon.ca/hiring-preference.

Job Summary and Requirements

Fisheries Technician

Please note, this is an 18 month term (anticipatory permanent) position. An Eligibility List may be created from this competition to fill similar positions.

Our role

As trusted environmental stewards, Department of Environment  professionals are committed to a healthy, sustainable and prosperous Yukon.  Our people are dedicated to keeping the air, land and water clean, the responsible management of wildlife and fostering opportunities to connect with nature.  We enrich governance through building our relationships with Yukon First Nation and transboundary Indigenous partners and through the application of both science and traditional knowledge in our decision-making.    

Your role

As the Fisheries Technician, you’ll support our vision and values be providing technical and logistical support for a range of programs within the Fisheries unit including conducting fisheries inventories (population and habitat assessments for multiple of freshwater northern fish species including lake trout, lake whitefish, burbot, bull trout and Arctic grayling), data analyses including spatial analysis, report writing, and public outreach.

The successful candidate will have strong organizational skills, a well-developed sense of self-motivation, and excellent time management skills. The candidate will have strong understanding of the biology and habitat requirements of freshwater fish in Yukon and the principles of fisheries management. The candidate will have biological fieldwork experience, data entry and management experience, as well as technical experience in the care and maintenance of fisheries field equipment. The candidate will also have considerable analysis, writing and computer skills to allow them to effectively analyze, report on, and communicate technical information.

For more information about the position, please contact Cameron Sinclair, Senior Fish Biologist, at [email protected] or (867) 667-5117.

Please note: Please do not email your application to the above listed email address. All applications must be submitted through the online portal.

Essential Qualifications

To be considered for this opportunity, you’ll need to demonstrate how you meet the following qualifications in your resume.  Be sure to highlight how the experience you have acquired aligns with the ‘must haves’ for this position, including the month and year for each work experience entry.  Selection for further consideration is based solely on the information you provide in your resume.

  • A minimum Bachelor of Science degree in biology, environmental sciences, or natural resources conservation/management with an emphasis on fisheries sciences;
  • Experience with study design, logistics and data considerations for a wide range of fisheries field research programs and sampling methods;
  • Experience organizing/leading freshwater fisheries field sampling programs in a wide range of weather conditions;
  • Experience maintaining and inventorying field equipment;
  • Experience entering, managing and analyzing technical data, including familiarity with software used in data management, analysis and reporting (spreadsheets, word processing, databases, statistical analysis);
  • Experience and demonstrable ability using GIS software (ArcGIS, ArcMap, QGIS)

Candidates who have education, training, and/or experience equivalent to the above  qualifications may be equally considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Suitability

To support key objectives and operational needs of this position, candidates will be assessed on the following:

  • Knowledge and strong understanding of biology and management of freshwater fish species;
  • Experience and demonstrable ability to communicate technical results through clear, accurate and concise technical writing and data visualization;
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Strong organizational skills and time management
  • Self-motivation


Job Requirements:  Lifting of heavy objects, operating watercrafts on small and large lakes, working in a laboratory with exposure to unpleasant odours and obnoxious chemicals, and travel by vehicle/aircraft are requirements of this position

Conditions of Employment: Valid Yukon Class 5 driver’s licence, Pleasure craft operator card within the first six months of employment.

Why joining us is a great idea.

Yukon government has been recognized as a Top 100 Canadian Employer since 2014

We support balancing personal and professional needs through comprehensive benefits, the ability to build your professional skills through learning and developmental opportunities, and flexible work and leave options.

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Eligibility List: 12 months

Post Date: 25 November 2022

Close Date: 8 December 2022

Job Description:  Fisheries Technician – 39907