The Department of Fisheries and Oceans held a workshop at Samuel Hearne secondary school today.
They were encouraging students to pursue careers as wildlife officers.
Part of the fun was dissecting fish, looking for earbones whose rings can be counted like tree rings, determining a fish’s age.
Wildlife officer Wade Norman told the students he loved his job.
“Some people pay thousands of dollars to come up to the Territories and fish. If you become a wildlife officer, it’s something you’ll be paid to do. Plus you get to fly in helicopter, ride boats and skidoos and spend time in nature.” He also shared stories of tagging Bowhead whales in the Beaufort sea and stopping for tea with people in the communities.
Sounds like a good day at the office!
Wade also said there is a big demand for resident officers in the NWT, since many southerners come here for a few years and leave. Therefore, the job has excellent salaries and northern allowances. (He told students they could make $90,000 a year with a $24,000 northern allowance, with only a two-year college course.)
For recorded audio interviews and more photos, please check out www.cbc.ca/northwind.
(extra note: boy did this ever remind me of my time at Lapointe’s fish market in Ottawa!)