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The Dean River Guardian Program is part of the provincial River Guardian Program, which has placed guardians on a number of B.C.’s busiest classified rivers.  This initiative is aimed at collecting and providing important fisheries management data as well as providing information and assistance to anglers.  Successful candidates will relocate to the Dean River for the summer months (June - early September) and be housed in a boat-access only wilderness cabin. Daily duties will include but are not limited to angler surveys and data collection, maintenance of cabin and equipment, and general Dean River community support. Candidates will also work to support the Dean River Steelhead stock assessment project by assisting with telemetry, markrecapture, and adult counts to evaluate conservation measures for the Dean River fishery. All work will be conducted in close partnership with Ministry of Forests Fisheries Biologists from William's Lake. 

Duties include:

  • Collecting angler data
  • Monitoring anglers
  • Maintaining a remote field post
  • Maintain telemetry equipment and support markrecapture efforts
  • Database management
  • Daily communications with William’s Lake fisheries staff and BCCF


  • Have experience operating and maintaining jet boats, ATVs and small motors
  • Possess a proven ability to work irregular hours in harsh remote climatic conditions
  • Knowledge and experience in fishing and interpreting the provincial fishing regulations
  • Knowledge and experience using satellite communications and safety devices


  • Be enrolled in, or be a graduate of a fisheries or natural resource management program at a recognized post-secondary institution
  • Possess a Small Craft Operators certificate*
  • Possess valid WCB Level 1 First Aid and Transportation Endorsement certificates*
  • Possess a valid class 5 drivers licence*
  • Possess a valid Firearms Acquisition License or Possession and Acquisition License.*
  • Be willing to submit to a security check
  • Be physically fit
  • Be willing to live at a remote field post for extended periods

Additional assets would be (or will be provided): 

  • Swift Water Rescue training certificate*, 
  • Jet Boat Safety Course*

* Please submit copies of these certificates and any other pertinent and current certificates with your application.

Employment details

Wage: $20.00 - $23.00 per hour commensurate with experience
Term: approximately May 15 to September 10, 2023
Please note: dates subject to change or fluctuation based on travel logistics and BC Health Authority’s Covid-19 health recommendations. 
Closing date:  Friday February 17th, 2023 at 4:00pm PST

NOTE: The successful applicants will work in Williams Lake during the month of May completing preparation for the field season prior to heading into the Dean River camp together.  Accommodation while working in Williams Lake will not be provided. The successful applicants will go into the Dean River approximately May 28th until the end of the season approximately, September 10th. This is a remote camp location and once at the Dean River the expectation is that the two Guardians will remain there for the duration of the term. All living costs and expenses will be covered while living at the Dean River camp.

COVID-19: While we at BCCF do not currently have a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy in place, many of our clients have enacted mandates that stipulate vaccination requirements be met by both their workers and their contractors. In light of this, some BCCF workers, contractors and volunteers—i.e., those who are or will be conducting work in spaces where our clients’ mandates are enforced—will be required to be fully vaccinated before they will be allowed to enter any of the mandate-affected worksites, or risk being prevented from conducting the work unless a properly supported Human Rights exemption applies.

In order to be compliant, some BCCF workers will be asked by a BCCF employment or contract representative to provide proof of vaccination status in order to facilitate their right and safe access to premises, worksites, or spaces that are affected by our clients’ mandates.  If you are one of our workers who will be directly affected by these vaccination policies, you will be contacted by a BCCF employment representative who will offer details and further direction surrounding your access to affected sites. Please do not attempt to go to mandate-affected worksites without first speaking with your BCCF representative.

To apply for this job: 

Submit your cover letter and resume using the form below. Please submit in .pdf format with your name in the file title (e.g. John_Smith_Coverletter.pdf, John_Smith_Resume.pdf). Include copies of relevant certifications and 3 references with contact information in your resume.

Due to the high volume of applicants we receive, only those that are selected for interviews will be contacted. 


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