Protecting our Fish and Wildlife
for Future Generations.

About UsWhat We Do and Our Officers

Justice Department Logo (small)From the scene of the alleged wildlife offence to the courtroom, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers are an integral component of the justice system. 

Fish and Wildlife Enforcement consists of a dedicated team of highly trained and skilled officers with a strong enforcement background. Enforcement plays a critical role in the conservation and sustainability of our wildlife. Our primary efforts are directed towards illegal and organized poaching activity. 

Our division has a wide range of responsibilities including: the protection of our fish and wildlife from poaching and overharvesting, enforcing legislation relating to all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, and protecting endangered species and wilderness reserves. Visit our Links and Resources page for legislation.


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Fish and Wildlife Enforcement has a provincial headquarters located in Corner Brook and field staff working from three Regional Offices, Detachments and Satellite offices across the province.




Our Officers

We are committed to ensuring that our officers are highly trained, equipped and prepared to carry out our responsibilities. Primary duties include:

  • Enforcing provincial wildlife, federal fisheries and other applicable legislation
  • Responding to public complaints of illegal activity
  • Conducting patrols and investigations
  • Assisting in special investigations
  • Executing legal processes including arrest, search and seizure
  • Preparing court documents and reports
  • Testifying in court and presenting evidence
  • Participating in education and awareness campaigns


Competent and well-trained officers are critical to our success.

ice rescue 1To be eligible for a FWE officer position, the division requires a two-year natural resource technical diploma and conservation law enforcement training (equivalencies may be considered), and a class 5 driver's license.  Our selection tools include a standard personality inventory evaluation, a background investigation and a Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE).

Comprehensive training is provided in areas such as: firearms (pistol & shotgun) and use of force including recertification, ice rescue, safe boat, snowmobile & all-terrain vehicle operation, safe work procedures, legislation, interviewing techniques and report writing.


Upon completion of training an officer is expected to:

  • Have a thoroughFirearms2 knowledge of provincial and federal laws and regulations, and be able to enforce the law fairly
  • Meet all established requirements for conducting enforcement activities
  • Have knowledge of the rules of evidence, court procedures, investigative techniques and procedures, the legal rights of citizens, laws of arrest, search and seizure
  • Understand our fish and wildlife species and their habitats; have working knowledge of firearms and hunting and fishing equipment, boats and all-terrain vehicles
  • Be able to operate a wide range of watercraft and motorized vehicles in a variety of conditions


Contact our Headquarters for further information. For current openings and general information about working for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, please visit the Human Resource Secretariat.



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Images & Videos

"Toys for Joys" - Lab West Detachment - Nov. 2016
Provincial Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, 2015 - Officer Glenda Bateman
Athlete Daniel Moores and FWED Supt. Barry White lighting the games cauldron of the Special Olympics Canada 2016 Winter Games, Corner Brook, March 2016

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