Requirements to Become a Conservation Officer

As of July 1, the inspection, compliance and enforcement functions from several provincial government departments will come together under Nova Scotia Environment.

Departments involved in this consolidation include the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Health and Wellness, the Department of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Environment, and the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

For more information, visit novascotia.ca/nse/inspection-compliance-enforcement/

Conservation Officers receive significant training in a many areas including law enforcement and human relations. They conduct numerous patrols throughout the year focusing on hunters, anglers, wilderness areas and forestry operations that impact the resource. They conduct investigations into reported or detected violations, prepare case files and when necessary, initiate court actions.

All officers have a minimum of a college diploma in Renewable Resource Management, and have taken extensive enforcement training.

The training standard for these Conservation Officers is similar to that required for Municipal Police forces in areas such as self- defence, officer safety, sidearms and pepper spray.

Prior to being sworn/affirmed as a Conservation Officer the following checks must be completed.

  1. References and background Information.
  2. Credit.
  3. Criminal Records including Child Abuse.
  4. Driving.
  5. Fingerprint records check, to be submitted by candidate.
  6. The Regional Enforcement Coordinator in consultation with the Director Enforcement will review the background check and determine the candidates suitability.

Candidates must be recommended after receiving psychological testing conducted by a qualified psychologist.

After their basic training Conservation Officers must maintain their certification with firearms, pepper spray, baton, handcuffIng techniques, judgmental training and other aspects of the force continuum as required by the Nova Scotia Department of Justice for Municipal Police Departments.

DNR Conservation Officer Crest

Conditions for Employment

A.  Be a graduate Forest Technician or Fish and Wildlife Technician from a recognized school or resource management ie: Maritime College of Forest Technology - http://www.cif-ifc.org/site/college or Holland College - http://www.hollandcollege.com/programs/wildlife-conservation-technology/

B.  Be a graduate of a police academy, department recognized Conservation Officer Enforcement Training (ie: Atlantic Police Academy at Holland College)