Join Our Team!

We’re recruiting new board members. Working closely with our Executive Director, you can form part of the team that advances our Strategic Plan throughout the year.

The volunteers who make up our board represent a diversity of skills, perspectives, and expertise in the wildlife field. We value a board that represents the diversity of our membership – past, present, and future. As a board member, you will work with amazing “wildlifers” to:

  • Attend monthly video conference meetings (usually 1-2 hours in length).
  • Review and provide input on programs suggested by the Executive Director.
  • Provide input on letters to Government officials drafted by our volunteer committees.
  • Assist with planning the annual conference.
  • Vote on issues requiring board approval or approve documents for public release (e.g., public facing documents, changes to organization committee terms of reference, news release).


This year, we are seeking candidates for the following positions:

President-elect – 3-year commitment. This person serves one term as “president-elect”, the next term as president, and a final term as past-president. This position is critical to our organization’s succession planning. The President-elect is responsible for organizing and coordinating the annual conference, and the President is responsible for leading the board and supervising the Executive Director. 

2 Directors – 2-year commitment. These members can have variable roles within the chapter, such as a sponsorship chair, nominations and elections lead, fundraising leads, and more. 

Secretary-Treasurer – 2-year commitment. The Secretary-Treasurer is  is responsible for all the financial and administrative duties of the chapter. Specific duties include: responsibility for the files, records, and funds of the ACTWS; record minutes of all executive meetings; receive annual chapter membership dues; and more.

Student Director – 1- or 2-year commitment. The Student Director must be a post-secondary student, and is responsible to represent the student member interests, and coordinate student-focused events during the conference and throughout the year. 

Any ACTWS member with an interest is invited to apply. This year, we are also looking for board members who have strong science communication skills or experience, experience working with Indigenous Peoples or other marginalized groups in the wildlife field, or strong fundraising skills.

To apply, email a brief description of yourself to our executive director, Shantel Carels. Check out the existing executive board bios for examples of descriptions. Descriptions will be used in the 2023 election survey that will be sent to members for voting. If you have any questions, please reach out to our executive director. Share this page with anyone who you think would be a good fit for your ACTWS!

Applications are due February 8, 2024.

Voting ends shortly before our Annual General Meeting on March 8, 2024.

PO BOX 4990
Edmonton AB
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Rooted in Wisdom: Deer Aging Techniques

Embark on a journey of precision and insight with the Lethbridge College Wildlife Analytics Lab (WAL) at the ACTWS Conference in Jasper! Join our workshop, ‘Rooted in Wisdom: Deer Aging Techniques‘, to explore the secrets hidden within wildlife teeth. Explore both the field technique of ‘tooth eruption and wear’ and the laboratory marvel of ‘cementum analysis’ – both dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of ungulate ages. Delve into the heart of these techniques, comparing their accuracy and precision, with a revelation of the superior accuracy of cementum analysis. Learn the art of tooth extraction and witness the seamless process of submitting your own wildlife teeth to the WAL for aging through cementum analysis. Elevate your understanding of deer populations and contribute to the advancement of wildlife knowledge and bolster your resume with applied experience. Participants will gain hands-on familiarity with the field technique of jaw aging, and the lab process of tooth extraction, inspection, preparation, and cementum analysis. Join us in Jasper for a transformative experience at the intersection of field expertise and cutting-edge laboratory analysis!

Facilitated by the Wildlife Analytics Lab, Lethbridge College

Cost: $15

Professional refers to someone who works with wildlife and/or their habitats in a professional setting.

In this context, it is not in reference to a legal professional designation.