The hiring will bring the total number of employees with conservation officer designation to 160 province-wide.
Vancouver (27 April 2018) — The swearing in of new conservation officers on the steps of the B.C. legislature demonstrates a commitment by the B.C. government to increase protection for our natural environment, says the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE).
BCGEU/NUPGE lobbying for additional conservation officers pays off
"The B.C. government's commitment to hire new conservation officers is good news that will ensure higher levels of compliance and enforcement, with a positive impact on our environment and the economy," said Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President. "Our environment and natural resource sector continue to need significant new investment to reverse the decades-long erosion of services."
The 20 new conservation officers will begin training at the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy in May and upon graduation will be deployed around the province.
The new recruits will fill new and vacant positions and areas where retirements are expected. The hiring will bring the total number of employees with conservation officer designation to 160 province-wide.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE