The Ontario government is enhancing the protection of the province’s precious natural resources and ensuring public safety by recruiting additional conservation officers.
“Ontario’s natural resources are world class; to maintain that standard, we promised to hire more conservation officers to protect our natural resources,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Today, we’re making good on that commitment.”
The province has just announced that recruitment is now open for 25 additional conservation officers across Ontario. Conservation officers (COs) are tasked with patrolling lakes, trails and back roads of Ontario to protect our natural resources, and ensure public safety. They are professional, armed peace officers trained to police standards.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have a wealth of natural resources in Ontario. Our government is committed to ensuring that our children and grandchildren will see the benefits of these resources,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “That’s why I am delighted to announce that we are hiring more conservation officers.”
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,” said Mike Harris, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “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.”
In addition to patrols and enforcement, COs also provide outreach and education to ensure people are aware of their responsibilities for safe and sustainable natural resource use. They proactively monitor compliance with natural resource and public safety laws, respond to tips and other information received from the public.