Stephanie Behrens is a Wildlife Technician II with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) in Norman Wells. Her interest for the outdoors began in high school when she realized she did not want to be stuck in an office job. Stephanie attended the Natural Resource Technology Program in Fort Smith and later transferred to the University of Lethbridge where she graduated with a bachelors in Environmental Science. In the summer of 2012 Stephanie moved to the Sahtú region to work as a Wildlife Biologist Intern for ENR. As a Tłı̨chǫ citizen, originally from Behchokǫ̀, Stephanie feels very privileged to be working with the people of the Sahtú for the common goal of conserving wildlife.
Stephanie’s experience also includes working for the Ekati diamond mine Environment Department as a summer student, a Renewable Officer with ENR as a summer student, the Lands Department of the Tłı̨chǫ Government as a Wildlife Coordinator, and several co-op internships while she was in University. These opportunities in the field inspired her passion for wildlife conservation and prepared her for her current job where she spends significant time outdoors, something she continues to enjoy. Her interests also include the importance of using Traditional Knowledge along with the western Scientific Knowledge. As an aboriginal woman, Stephanie takes pride in being able to use both paradigms and she is honoured to have the chance to work with many local hunters and harvesters as well as scientists from all over to collect knowledge that can be used to ensure wildlife will be plentiful for future generations.