Make $100,000 a year going fishing! (Also, enforcing laws)

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans held a workshop at Samuel Hearne secondary school today.

They were encouraging students to pursue careers as wildlife officers.

Part of the fun was dissecting fish, looking for earbones whose rings can be counted like tree rings, determining a fish’s age.

Wildlife officer Wade Norman told the students he loved his job.

“Some people pay thousands of dollars to come up to the Territories and fish. If you become a wildlife officer, it’s something you’ll be paid to do. Plus you get to fly in helicopter, ride boats and skidoos and spend time in nature.” He also shared stories of tagging Bowhead whales in the Beaufort sea and stopping for tea with people in the communities.

Sounds like a good day at the office!

Wade also said there is a big demand for resident officers in the NWT, since many southerners come here for a few years and leave. Therefore, the job has excellent salaries and northern allowances. (He told students they could make $90,000 a year with a $24,000 northern allowance, with only a two-year college course.)

For recorded audio interviews and more photos, please check out

(extra note: boy did this ever remind me of my time at Lapointe’s fish market in Ottawa!)


11 responses to “Make $100,000 a year going fishing! (Also, enforcing laws)

  1. Rob would be all over this.

  2. They get to fly in helicopters AND boats? I’m so there. I’ve never flown in a boat before.

  3. Oh, for sure: To all young people, I say: Avoid university and head to college.

  4. ha ha that MUST have brought back memories eh

  5. Which Lapointe’s did you work at?

  6. The one in Place D’Orleans mall Market Fresh in the East End suburbs. (The whole store later suddenly closed down.)

  7. Oh, great. Now with your edit, I sound like a lunatic. 🙂

  8. Ha ha, sorry Mongoose! That’s the best thing about websites. In the newspaper days we would have written:

    “An error occurred in the May 29 edition of Fisheries officer Wade Norman actually said students could fly in helicopters and ride in canoes as part of the job. Inuvikphotos,ca regrets any confusion or embarassment caused by the error.”

  9. I used to love going to the Bell’s Corners Lapointe’s for shark steak. Do you know if that one is still around?

  10. This

  11. Hey Michael,

    yes, as far as I know Bells’ Corners was still one of the bigger Lapointe’s franchises.

    But then again, last time I was in Ottawa was last August, so I don’t know!

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