Government of Alberta Wildfire Management Specialist Full Time in Peace River, AB

Government of Alberta

Branch Peace River AB CA

Wildfire Management Specialist
Peace River, AB

We work to enhance the economic, environmental and social contributions of our forests and forested lands to Albertans….


Open competition

Closing Date

October 5, 2015


Natural Resources 8


Agriculture and Forestry

About Us

We work to enhance the economic, environmental and social contributions of our forests and forested lands to Albertans. For more information about the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry please visit our website at: http://agric.alberta.ca/

Besides being a great place to work where you can make a difference, we can offer you:

– Exciting learning opportunities to further your skills
– Chances for career growth and development
– Work life balance
– Opportunity to travel for training and export during fire season
– Capability to earn overtime pay
– Christmas closure and vacation entitlements
– Eligibility for an additional bonuses in some northern locations- Northern Alberta Programs Map
– A comprehensive and competitive benefits plan http://www.chr.alberta.ca/Employees/DocList134.cfm
– Pension plan: http://www.pspp.ca/members/publications/PSPP_Member_Handbook.pdf
– An additional $750 Health Spending Account: http://www.chr.alberta.ca/Practitioners/?file=benefits/healthspendingacct/overview&cf=2


As the successful candidate, you will be operating out of an office setting in Peace River. Travel within the region and throughout the province will be required as part of your responsibilities and you will have frequent contact with Ministry staff and colleagues, other government departments, clients, and external stakeholders province-wide.

The beautiful community of Peace River is located in Northern Alberta and offers a variety of recreational and environmental values ideal for someone looking to escape the hectic city life and enjoy our province in all its glory. With industry picking up in the Northern part of the province there are a plenty of additional opportunities for you and your family to take advantage of as well. For more information on Peace River follow the link below:



Do you have an advanced understanding of wildfire behaviour and an interest in contributing to wildfire management in the province? If you have a “burning” desire to take the next step in your wildfire career then we may have an opportunity for you as a Wildfire Management Specialist.

Reporting directly to the Wildfire Manager, you will focus on reducing and mitigating the impact of wildfires through the facilitation and integration of wildfire management and forest management practices. As the Wildfire Management Specialist, your responsibilities will include:

– Planning strategies focused on integrating wildfire into land and resource management objectives,
– Working closely with Wildfire Management area staff and Provincial Forest Fire Center staff to accomplish operational wildfire management objectives through the provision of fire behaviour predictions, fire growth modelling, pre-suppression and suppression activities, and contributing to emergency wildfire operations,
– Supporting both your wildfire management area and the provincial fuel management program,
– Developing and maintaining wildfire management plans to address wildfire preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery , and
– Leading landscape planning and assessments, prescribed burn planning, wildfire threat analysis, fire regime analysis (including risk and hazard mapping), FBP fuel type updates and validation, FireSmart planning for forest communities, and participating on wildfire incident command teams.

For additional information on this position please see the full position description below.


A diploma or degree in Forestry plus 8 years of related experience in resource management, wildfire management, fire behavior, detection, preparedness, suppression and pre-suppression planning is required. Strike Team Leader certification and Type II Incident Command Team will be considered an asset as will successful completion of advanced fire behavior. Supervisory experience is desirable and candidates must also be eligible for registration with the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists or College of Alberta Professional Foresters. A valid class 5 driver’s license is also required as travel and fieldwork are a part of this position.


Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies:



-DEVELOP NETWORKS: Using your strong interpersonal and communication skills you will establish long term relationships with internal and external stakeholders in the Operations Division and with First Nations, other non-government organizations, and industry to develop wildfire management strategies.
-BUILD COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS: In this role you must work cooperatively and collaborate with a variety of groups. For example, you will work with major forest industry stakeholders on engineering disturbances on forested landscapes in order to achieve landscape objectives and with the Forest Management Branch to ensure that fire is incorporated at a landscape planning level.
-DRIVE FOR RESULTS: This position acts as a resource in terms of both direct knowledge and technology transfer as well as in landscape planning and the development of strategy and tactics to reduce wildfire threat. You will persevere when problems arise, actively promote the goals of the group, and strive to exceed targets.
-SYSTEMS THINKING: Your ability to both anticipate changes in the environment that may affect your organization and understand operation fundamentals to incorporate them into decision making is key. Strong systems Thinking will allow you to keep broader impacts and connections in mind


$ 2,722.90 to $3,516.82 bi-weekly ($70,795 to $91,789 per annum)


Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification and salary. This competition may be used to fill a number of current or future vacancies at an equivalent or lower level in various ministries throughout the Government of Alberta.

How to Apply

Online applications are preferred. Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter; resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.

Position Profile


Closing Statement

If you are unable to apply online, please submit your cover letter and resume, quoting the Job ID, to: Kristen Alward, Agriculture and Forestry, Human Resources, 304, J. G. O’ Donoghue Building, 7000 – 113 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T6H 5T6 Fax: (780) 427-3398

If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact Kristen Alward at: [email protected] We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates? education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) – http://eae.alberta.ca/labour-and-immigration/overview-of-immigration/international-qualifications-assessment-service.aspx It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Peace River, AB, CA
Posted on: 2015-09-22
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