Position Summary

Reporting to the Senior Fisheries Officer, Aboriginal Fisheries Trainees are hired with the intent of training and developing them to transition into fully qualified Aboriginal Fisheries Officers.  Their role is to support Fisheries Officers and maintain departmental readiness, while developing their skills.  They are also expected to fill in and provide support as needed in Fisheries activities.


  • Work under the guidance of Aboriginal Fisheries Officers and train on the job for ridged haul handling, health and safety, and fish observation, recording and reports
  • Trainees will shadow Fisheries and Aquatic Habitat Restoration Plan employees in tasks relating to the restoration of fish habitat and monitoring
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with Fisheries Officers and other trainees
  • Assist in improving habitats and biodiversity of the waterways within Musqueam territory
  • Provide education and advice to fishers on the types and species, of fish they are legally allowed to use, gear and restrictions, time and area, species they are permitted  and improvements they could make
  • Improve  habitats for fisheries and biodiversity through the enhancement and rehabilitation of waterways within territory
  • Perform regular cleaning, sharpening and tool/boat maintenance
  • Operate hand tools and power equipment safely
  • Assist in conducting surveys of water quality, fish movement, and fish spawning by shadowing Aboriginal Fisheries Officers
  • Promote stewardship of the fisheries resources and habitat among the various user groups
  • Act as a representative of Musqueam Fisheries Commission when in the community performing their duties
  • Learn how to collect and record information on fisheries activities including hours worked on fisheries or habitat related activities, site inspections, vessel checks, persons and vehicles
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and outside agencies
  • Assist in maintaining fisheries licenses log , fisheries data log and provide report per MIB Fisheries to Fisheries Manager per fishery
  • Learn how to answer questions and queries from the general Musqueam community
  • Assist in conducting technical conservation measures for targeted and no targeted species, with such as gear, size, type, closed area and other which is required of the license per

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Knowledge and experience of Musqueam and First Nations culture and history
  • Basic computer skills including a knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, or the willingness to receive training
  • Physical capability to operate small vessels and ability to learn boat handling
  • Skill and knowledge in small aquaculture and their fisheries management
  • Ability to use tact and good judgment
  • Good communications skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality


  • Valid Driver’s License or the ability to get one within two months
  • High School Diploma or GED, or ability to receive one within twelve months of being hired as a trainee

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an office environment and outdoors/on boat
  • Completion of a successful Criminal Records Check completed by MIB required
  • Must sign confidentiality covenant


To apply: please email cover letter and resume to [email protected] and include “Aboriginal Fisheries Trainees ” in the subject line.

Posting will remain open until filled.

 Applicants of Musqueam and/or Indigenous ancestry are encouraged to apply.

* We thank all those who apply, however, only those short-listed will be contacted.