New job Wildfire Technologist in Alberta

Wildfire Technologist

Company : Government of Alberta
Salary : $5,074 - $6,528 a month
Location : Alberta

Full Description

Job Information

Job Requisition ID: 15026

Ministry: Agriculture & Forestry

Location: Whitecourt

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Ongoing

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: September 10, 2021

Classification: Subsidiary 05B 3625 Natural Resources 7

About Us


Do you have a strong background working in wildfire operations and or prevention? Are you ready for the next step in your wildfire career? If you have a burning desire to take on a leadership role in supervising Wildfire staff and programs - this may be the opportunity for you. We are searching for a dedicated individual to take on the position of Wildfire Technologist in the Whitecourt Forest Area.

Under the general direction of the Wildfire Operations Officer, the Wildfire Technologist is accountable for the operational delivery of critical aspects of the Detection, Pre-Suppression and Suppression programs in the Whitecourt Forest Area. This position plays a key leadership role, which involves constant program monitoring, decision making, training, mentoring and coaching to achieve consistent application results. The Wildfire Technologist is responsible for the coordination and maintenance of a safe and efficient program.

In this role, the Wildfire Technologist will be committed to adhering to the Government of Alberta Safety Program, keeping current with Occupational Health and Safety standards and ensuring compliance to the Safety Operating Procedures.

This position ensures the effective allocation of work priorities, evaluation of performance, and insurance of safe and productive work environments. The Wildfire Technologist leads and participates in provincial Incident Management Teams, ensuring accordance to certification and ensuring emergency support throughout the province in Incident Command Systems. This position will also participate as a Duty Officer for the Forest Area.


The minimum requirement for this role is a two-year diploma in Natural Sciences or a related field plus four years of experience in wildfire operations and or prevention, or a four-year degree in Natural Sciences or a related field plus two years of experience in wildfire operations and or prevention. A Valid Class 5 Driver's license or equivalent is required. Preference will be given to those who are registered members of Alberta Professional Forest Technologist or Registered Professional Forester.

Extensive experience in fire detection, preparedness, suppression, and command and control activities are vital to this role. ICS certification of Incident Commander 2 is an asset. Strike Team/Task Force Leader certification is an asset.

Proven leadership skills with the ability to prioritize and delegate, well-developed communication skills both, oral and written, are essential attributes for this position.

Equivalencies will be considered.

APS Competencies

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:

About Your competencies:

  • Drive for Results ‐ With the wildfire management program goals assigned, you strive to exceed the performance measures set through the effective coordination of resources and stakeholders. Additionally, you will ensure that all operations are conducted safely and efficiently per applicable legislation, policy, and procedure.
  • Creative Problem Solving – You will assist in solving issues by giving the best solutions to problems varying from contracts to human resources to uncontrollable events on Incident Management Teams (IMT’s). Participating in IMT’s and as Duty Officers, you will need to make time-sensitive decisions and ensure that appropriate resources use strategies and tactics.
  • Develop self and others – You will be accountable for ensuring staff are trained and conversant with all Wildfire Management guidelines to meet objectives and obtain desired results. Strong leadership skills will allow you to effectively develop team members and inspire them to work towards a common goal.
  • Build Collaborative Environments ‐ By promoting team effectiveness within the assigned programs and area operations, you ensure the delivery of wildfire management programs and resolution to wildfire management issues. Additionally, you will participate in provincial working groups to identify and address common operational issues and develop policies, guidelines, and initiatives.
  • Develop Networks – Building relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and ensuring that the right stakeholders and agencies are involved are imperative to your success in this position. You will participate in provincial task groups and work with various industry and aboriginal groups, public stakeholders, emergency services, municipalities, and other staff to resolve issues and strategize on suppression and pre‐suppression activities.


$2,537.00 to $3,263.92 bi-weekly ($66,215 to $85,188 yearly).


This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

This role is a permanent, full-time position with the standard hours of work as 36.25. Evening and weekend shifts may be required. Travel within the area and throughout the province will be required as part of your responsibilities and will have frequent contact with Ministry staff and colleagues, other government departments, clients, and external stakeholders province-wide.

As travel is a requirement in this position, you must be eligible for a valid Class 5 driver's license or equivalent.

What We Offer:

  • Comprehensive benefits plan:
  • Pension plan:
    • PSPP -
    • MEPP -
  • Leadership and mentorship programs
  • Professional learning and development
  • Positive workplace culture and work-life balance

How To Apply

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system,

Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant.

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at

Tips for applicants:

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)

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, please contact Eunice Mingollo, TAS Administrator at

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check

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