Government of Alberta Wildfire Ranger Full Time in Lac La Biche, AB

Government of Alberta

Branch Lac La Biche AB CA

Wildfire Ranger
Lac La Biche, AB

We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water, and biodiversity by leading the work required for the desired environmental outcomes and…


Open competition

Closing Date

October 5, 2015


Natural Resources 6


Agriculture and Forestry

About Us

We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water, and biodiversity by leading the work required for the desired environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources. For more information about the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry please visit our website at: http://agric.alberta.ca/. For more information about the Wildfire Management Branch: http://wildfire.alberta.ca/.

Besides being a great place to work and one 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
– Occasions to travel for training and export during wildfire season
– Capability to earn overtime pay
– Christmas closure and vacation entitlements
– 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


This is a field-oriented position involving extended work shifts for Wildfire Pre-Suppression and Suppression Operations. Travel for training and wildfire operations will be a normal part of the duties.


Perhaps you have just finished school and are looking to learn the ropes and start a career in wildfire. Or maybe you already have some seasonal wildfire experience but are looking for something more permanent. Or maybe you have a natural resource management background and are looking for a new adventure and a place to grow. Whatever it is, this may be the unique and rewarding opportunity you have been waiting for. We are currently looking for Wildfire Rangers throughout the province, so apply now and help to protect values such as human life and natural resources in Alberta.

As one of our Wildfire Rangers, you will use your knowledge of fire behaviour and prevention, fuel types, firefighting techniques, and forest ecology to facilitate and participate in wildfire prevention, operations, detection, and forest management programs. This will include assisting with wildfire detection, enforcement, education, engineering, pre-suppression, and suppression activities as well as the supervision and coordination of seasonal wildland firefighting crews to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of wildfire suppression activities. Additionally, you will be coordinating fire situation communication and planning, issuing fire permits, investigating wildfire causes, completing hazard assessments, enforcing legislation, participating in Fire Smart community projects and maintaining Wildfire Management facilities such as lookout towers. Your formal education will assist you in this position but it will be your passion to grow and excel in the field and with our organization that will see you truly succeed.

For a more detailed description of this role follow the link below under the Position Profile.


A degree or diploma in Forestry or a related field plus a minimum of four years of directly related wildfire experience is required. Supervisory experience will be considered an asset and candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower level and salary. Please note that candidates must be eligible for registration with either the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists or College of Alberta Professional Foresters, and a valid Class 5 Driver’s License is required.


Competencies are behaviours 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:



AGILITY: You will need to be able to anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities, maintain resilience in times of uncertainty and effectively work in a changing environment. For example, you may need to perform various roles in the Incident Command System and will have to be ever prepared to respond to wildfire incidents and participate on Area rosters.

BUILD COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS: You will strive to achieve desired results when working with department staff and other response organizations on a variety of detection, prevention, pre-suppression and suppression components of the Wildfire Management Program. As such strong teamwork abilities are required.

DEVELOP SELF AND OTHERS: A primary role of this job is to ensure seasonal staff are supervised and mentored efficiently, effectively, and safely. This may include hiring, training, monitoring, and evaluating performance. Additionally, you will look after your own growth and development-as your competence grows you will assume progressively more complex responsibilities in the delivery of the Wildfire Management program.

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING: You will need the ability to assess options and implications in new ways to achieve outcomes and solutions. This will be useful when making time constrained decisions to ensure that appropriate resources are effectively utilized to suppress wildfires in the Wildfire Management Area.

DRIVE FOR RESULTS: Knowing what outcomes are important and maximizing resources to achieve results that are aligned with the goals of the organization is key. You will work to maintain accountability to each other and external stakeholders while strategically aligning decisions and plans based on outcomes and broader organizational needs.


$2,098.03 – $2,667.54 bi-weekly ($54,759 – $69,623 annually)


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. Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification and salary.

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: Lac la Biche, AB, CA
Posted on: 2015-09-22
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