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For Immediate Release


March 2, 2006

Ministry of Environment




VICTORIA – As part of B.C.’s continued commitment to the environment and to the protection of valuable habitat and wildlife, the Ministry of Environment’s Conservation Officer Service (COS) is recruiting 18 additional seasonal conservation officers (COs) to serve across the province this year, Environment Minister Barry Penner announced today.


            “We’re getting a head start on recruiting and training our seasonal COs this year,” said Penner. “I’m hopeful we will be able to fill all 18 of these positions.” 


            The seasonal officers will start work in May, and continue until late fall. This will allow them to be on the ground during hunting seasons, at peak times for angling, and throughout the summer and early fall when most human-wildlife conflicts tend to occur.


At the end of every year, the ministry evaluates the program and makes recommendations for future deployments. This year, seasonal COs will be deployed to the following communities: North Vancouver, Whistler, Port Hardy, Sechelt, Campbell River, Fernie, Vernon, Castlegar, Kelowna, Invermere, Dease Lake, Fort St. John, Burns Lake, Williams Lake, Prince George, Chetwynd and Vanderhoof.


 “These deployments are the result of careful evaluation and identification of the ministry’s top COS needs, based on an increased COS presence in communities around the province,” said Penner.


The Conservation Officer Service is the enforcement program of the Ministry of Environment. It works with other professional staff in the ministry to achieve compliance with provincial and federal environmental legislation and to address human-wildlife conflicts.






Don McDonald

Communications Director

250 387-9973


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