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Another CO for Vernon

The BC Conservation Service will be providing extra resources in the Vernon area this summer.

A seasonal conservation officer is being added to the ranks to assist with high-priority issues, such as threatened species, protection of mountain caribou and public safety legislation.

Invermere, Kamloops, Cranbrook, Smithers, Squamish and Whistler are also getting officers that will be on the job until October.

Westbank and Haida Gwaii will also be getting seasonal First Nations officers.

“It’s important to have that extra resource for our officers and it’s really good training for those looking for full-time work,” said Greg Kondas, acting deputy chief, noting two seasonal officers were hired last year.

“These are young, inspirational students who have just come out of college, so we want to give them that guidance and put them in an area where they are going to receive that from experienced officers. We get to assess them and they get to assess us.”

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service's seasonal program dates back to 2005. The program puts additional conservation officers on the ground when necessary and assesses the potential of future conservation officers.

Seasonal officers are typically placed in locations where they can be mentored or where there is a need for an additional officer.

The officers are also involved with public outreach, education and building relationships with First Nations.

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service has 164 full-time officers located in 45 communities throughout the province.



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