Province hiring 25 Conservation Officers

by Editorial Staff | May 4, 2021

The province is recruiting 25 new Conservation Officers (COs).

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry announced the move on Monday, May 3, fulfilling an election promise made by Premier Doug Ford in 2018.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have a wealth of natural resources in Ontario,” Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry John Yakabuski stated. “Our government is committed to ensuring that our children and grandchildren will see the benefits of these resources.”

Move long sought

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) had been advocating for the move.

“The OFAH has been advocating for increased enforcement capacity for a long time, so we’re extremely pleased to hear that the government will be hiring 25 more Conservation Officers,” OFAH Manager of Policy Mark Ryckman stated. “With today’s announcement, the provincial government is making good on the promise they made during the election – to increase the number of Conservation Officers on the ground to help safeguard our natural resources.”

Recruitment open

Recruitment for the positions is now open. These officers will help the ministry increase focus on its sustainable resource management and public safety goals, such as:

  • promoting hunting safety
  • preventing illegal hunting
  • preventing illegal trade and commercialization of Ontario’s animal and plant species
  • preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.

“We’re looking for 25 extraordinary individuals who are passionate about the outdoors to join the team,” Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Mike Harris stated. “Whether you’re from a small town or a big city, a long line of Conservation Officers, or you’re the first in your family to pursue this rewarding career, we encourage you to consider applying.”

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  1. Jae Powers wrote: Would like to apply
  2. DAVE WYLIE wrote: Excellent news, nothing like a Minister of Natural Resources from the Ottawa Valley to get things done.....Well done John Yackabuski...
  3. LARRY PURO wrote: Way to go!!! Long overdue. Wish I were 25 instead of 78 would be my dream job.
  4. Paul Brunet wrote: Y now. There will be hardly any moose hunters in the woods. I’ve been moose hunting for the pass 52 years and it’s not looking good for this year. With this new system I’ll be lucky to get a tag. I’m only 69.
  5. Lou Berger wrote: Not useful at all. Will do nothing for enhancing hunting opportunities or game management.