Wildfire Management

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Fresh air, sunshine and open space...when you work as part of Alberta’s wildfire management team, nature is your office and the forest is your view. As wildfires rage throughout the province, you will get the chance to perform a number of important duties. You could be on the front lines one day - the next, helping coordinate daily suppression operations.

One thing is certain; every day in the world of wildfire management is unique.

Career Paths

Information about Wildfire Management positions.

Wildfire Management Career Path

Selected Profiles from the Wildfire Management Career Path

Wildfire Ranger (Natural Resources 5/6)

Duties and Responsibilities

As a Wildfire Ranger you will be involved in hands-on fire detection including pre-suppression and suppression activities. You will issue fire permits, investigate fire causes, enforce legislation and help with forest and land management operations and monitoring.

You will supervise seasonal fire fighters, supervise and support lookout towers and generally maintain forest protection facilities. You will support your community by working with its members on wildfire prevention, participating in FireSmart Community projects and educating students and landowners.

Minimum Recruitment Standards

Entry Level (Natural Resources 5)

  • Diploma or degree in Natural Sciences or related field.

Your salary range will be $42,924.06 - $53,340.05 per annum.

*During this period you will be provided with the training and experience needed to develop the competencies required to perform the duties at the full working level.

Full Working Level (Natural Resources 6)

  • Diploma in Natural Sciences or related field plus considerable years of related experience OR
  • Degree in Natural Science or related field plus considerable years of related experience

Your salary range will be $50,484.19 - $64,188.25 per annum.

Additional Requirements

  • Working on the fire line can involve strenuous physical activity and exposure to extreme environmental conditions. You must be physically capable of performing the full duties of the position. You will be required to sign a medical waiver and successfully complete a physical fitness test prior to being put on the fire line.
  • During the fire season, you could be away from home and live in a camp setting for extended periods of time.
  • There are a number of on-going wildfire training requirements that will be provided in-house and are dependent on the level of on the job experience an individual has.
  • First Aid Certificate, OH&S certifications, WHMIS, ATV and bear awareness training is required.
  • You must be eligible for registration with the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists or the College of Alberta Professional Foresters.
  • A valid Class 5 Driver’s License is required.

Updated: May 16, 2013

Wildfire Technologist (Natural Resources 7)

Duties and Responsibilities

As a Wildfire Technologist, you will deliver operational forest protection programs within a Wildfire Management Area, including wildfire logistics, communications, pre-suppression and suppression.

You will coordinate fire prevention programs, including education, engineering, enforcement and detection. You will also provide training, supervision, and leadership to permanent and seasonal staff.

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Minimum Recruitment Standards

  • Diploma in Natural Sciences or related field plus extensive years of related experience OR
  • Degree in Natural Sciences plus extensive years of related experience

Your salary range will be $58,968.25 - $75,864.09 per annum.

Additional Requirements

  • During the fire season, you could be away from home and live in a camp setting for extended periods of time.
  • There are a number of on-going wildfire training requirements that will be provided in-house and are dependent on the level of on the job experience an individual has.
  • First Aid, OH&S, WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Good certification is required.
  • You must be eligible for registration with the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists or the College of Alberta Professional Foresters.
  • A valid Class 5 Driver’s License is required.

Updated: May 16, 2013

Air Attack Officer (Natural Resources 7)

Duties and Responsibilities

As an Air Attack Officer, you will be responsible for directing and coordinating the aerial attack on wildfires throughout the province, as well as participating on the Provincial Air Coordinators shift.

A key responsibility will be providing leadership to seasonal staff, including program monitoring, training, mentoring, and coaching. You may also be involved in other area functions of the Forest Protection and Forest Management programs, where you will be expected to apply your knowledge and expertise to integrate Forestry practices into field operations.

Minimum Recruitment Standards

  • Diploma in Natural Sciences or related field plus extensive years of related experience OR
  • A degree in Natural Sciences plus extensive years of related experience.

Your salary range will be $58,968.25 - $75,864.09 per annum.

Additional Requirements

  • During the fire season, you could be away from home and live in a camp setting for extended periods of time.
  • Certification as an Alberta or National Air Attack Officer would be considered an asset.
  • There are a number of on-going wildfire training requirements that will be provided in-house and are dependent on the level of on the job experience an individual has.
  • First Aid, OH&S, WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Good certification is required.
  • You must be eligible for registration with the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists or the College of Alberta Professional Foresters.
  • A valid Class 5 Driver’s License is required.

Updated: May 16, 2013

Wildfire Training Specialist (Natural Resources 7)

Duties and Responsibilities

As a Wildfire Training Specialist, you will be responsible for the design, development, delivery and evaluation of assigned wildfire management training programs provided to department staff and other stakeholders.

In addition, you will be called upon to participate on Incident Command Teams, act as a training consultant or subject matter expert to various provincial, national, and international stakeholders, and be actively involved in the strategic and operational planning of the provincial wildfire training program.

This is a headquarters position located in Hinton at the Hinton Training Centre.

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Minimum Recruitment Standards

  • Diploma in Natural Sciences or related field plus extensive years of related experience OR
  • Degree in Natural Sciences plus extensive years of related experience

Your salary range will be $58,968.25 - $75,864.09 per annum.

Additional Requirements

  • During the fire season, you could be away from home and live in a camp setting for extended periods of time.
  • There are a number of on-going wildfire training requirements that will be provided in-house and are dependent on the level of on the job experience an individual has.
  • First Aid, OH&S, WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Good certification is required.
  • Wildfire Behaviour Specialist certificate is required.
  • NAIT’s "Becoming a Master Instructor" certificate or a University teaching certificate would be considered an asset.
  • You must be eligible for registration with the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists or the College of Alberta Professional Foresters.
  • A valid Class 5 Driver’s License is required.

Updated: May 16, 2013

Wildfire Operations Officer (Natural Resources 8)

Duties and Responsibilities

As a Wildfire Operations Officer, you will provide leadership at both the Wildfire Management Area level, as head of the Area's Operations Section; and provincially, as a member of the Wildfire & Aviation Working Group.

At the Wildfire Management Area, you will lead and ensure efficient and effective operations are attained in an effort to minimize Wildfire losses by meeting or exceeding Provincial Fire Management Objectives. This is accomplished through strategic Wildfire Management leadership, program planning, coordination, supervision and stakeholder communication.

At the provincial level, you will provide leadership in the development and implementation of Operational Wildfire Management Programs, Policy and Standard Operating Procedures, through participation on various working groups/task forces and committees.

Minimum Recruitment Standards

  • Diploma in Natural Sciences or related field plus extensive years of related experience OR
  • Degree in Natural Sciences plus extensive years of related experience.

Your salary range will be $65,520.14 - $84,624.03 per annum.

Additional Requirements

  • During the fire season, you could be away from home and live in a camp setting for extended periods of time.
  • There are a number of on-going wildfire training requirements that will be provided in-house and are dependent on the level of on the job experience an individual has.
  • First Aid, OH&S, WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Good certification is required.
  • You must be eligible for registration with the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists or the College of Alberta Professional Foresters.
  • A valid Class 5 Driver’s License is required.

Updated: May 16, 2013

Wildfire Prevention Officer (Natural Resources 8)

Duties and Responsibilities

As a Wildfire Prevention Officer, you will be responsible for planning, budgeting, coordination and delivery of all elements of the wildfire prevention component for the Forest Protection program in a Wildfire Management Area (WMA).

The fire prevention program consists of three elements; education, engineering and enforcement, which are intended to reduce the number and severity of human caused wildfires. Working with existing legislation and policy, department business needs, Fire Control Agreements, Mutual Aid Agreements, and public education initiatives, you will integrate operational knowledge and practices with strategic planning to ensure that the best possible plans are in place for the prevention of wildfires.

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Minimum Recruitment Standards

  • Diploma in Natural Sciences or related field plus extensive years of related experience OR
  • Degree in Natural Sciences plus extensive years of related experience.

Your salary range will be $65,520.14 - $84,624.03 per annum.

Additional Requirements

  • During the fire season, you could be away from home and live in a camp setting for extended periods of time.
  • Certification as Ignition Specialist and Fire Behaviour Analyst is required.
  • There are a number of on-going wildfire training requirements that will be provided in-house and are dependent on the level of on the job experience an individual has.
  • First Aid, OH&S, WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Good certification is required.
  • You must be eligible for registration with the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists or the College of Alberta Professional Foresters.
  • A valid Class 5 Driver’s License is required.

Updated: May 16, 2013

Provincial Fire Behaviour Specialist (Natural Resources 8)

Duties and Responsibilities

As the Provincial Fire Behaviour Specialist, you will be responsible for the overall coordination of several operational decision support systems and programs that support sound provincial fire behaviour principals and operational decisions.

You will provide expertise, technical transfer, instruction, and guidance to decision makers regarding delivery of Pre Suppression, Ignition and Fire Behaviour Programs. You will also be responsible for delivery of the provincial Pre-Suppression Preparedness System (PPS), Ignition Specialist and Fire Behaviour Analyst (FBAN) programs and the Spatial Fire Management System (SFMS).

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Minimum Recruitment Standards

  • Diploma in Natural Sciences or related field plus extensive years of related experience OR
  • Degree in Natural Sciences plus extensive years of related experience.

Your salary range will be $65,520.14 - $84,624.03 per annum.

Additional Requirements

  • During the fire season, you could be away from home and live in a camp setting for extended periods of time.
  • Certification as Ignition Specialist and Fire Behaviour Analyst is required.
  • There are a number of on-going wildfire training requirements that will be provided in-house and are dependent on the level of on the job experience an individual has.
  • First Aid, OH&S, WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Good certification is required.
  • You must be eligible for registration with the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists or the College of Alberta Professional Foresters.
  • A valid Class 5 Driver’s License is required.

Updated: May 16, 2013

FireSmart Unit Leader (Natural Resources 9)

Duties and Responsibilities

As the FireSmart Unit Leader, you will lead a team of professional specialists with the development of FireSmart initiatives in Alberta.

You will provide senior direction to the Provincial FireSmart program that integrates community protection and prescribed fire with forest, land, range and recreation management. You will develop provincial program components, make research recommendations, allocate program budget spending and coordinate contingency plans.

Minimum Recruitment Standards

  • Diploma in Natural Sciences or related field plus extensive years of related experience

Your salary range will be $69,852.21 - $90,396.05 per annum.

Additional Requirements

  • During the fire season, you could be away from home and live in a camp setting for extended periods of time.
  • There are a number of on-going wildfire training requirements that will be provided in-house and are dependent on the level of on the job experience an individual has.
  • First Aid, OH&S, WHMIS and Transportation of Dangerous Good certification is required.
  • You must be eligible for registration with the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists or the College of Alberta Professional Foresters.
  • A valid Class 5 Driver’s License is required.

Updated: May 16, 2013

Wildfire Compliance and Investigations Manager ( Senior Manager)

Duties and Responsibilities

As the Wildfire Compliance and Investigations Manager, you will be responsible for the strategic direction, development, coordination and implementation of the provincial wildfire compliance and enforcement program.

You will play a key role in the review, analysis and development of relevant legislation as well as policies and procedures. You will also have a h4 leadership role with both internal and external stakeholders.

Minimum Recruitment Standards

  • University graduation in Forestry or a related field, supplemented by extensive years of progressively responsible experience.

Your salary range will be $80,676.14 - $110,076.23 (pay zone 1) per annum.

Additional Requirements

  • You must be eligible for registration with the College of Alberta Professional Foresters.
  • A valid Class 5 Driver’s License is required.

Updated: May 16, 2013

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Updated: May 16, 2013