Fire Crew Member
Fire Crew Member Forest Technician 09R
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Are you a physically fit, motivated, team-oriented individual looking for a challenging and dynamic opportunity?
The British Columbia Wildfire Service is accepting applications for Fire Crew Member positions.
The BC Wildfire Service [BCWS] is a unique program of government tasked with the responsibility of preventing and managing wildfire on the landscape. With a workforce of approximately 1,600, the program’s staff are dedicated to undertaking the BCWS mandate in delivering effective wildfire management and emergency response support to protect values, while encouraging sustainable, healthy and resilient ecosystems. For more information, visit our site: BC Wildfire Service.
This position is responsible for maintaining the readiness of fire equipment and resources in accordance with alert preparedness levels, and taking aggressive action on fires in a safe and effective manner as directed.
The majority of fire crews begin work in late April or early May and work until the end of August. Some crews remain working into September, or even into October, depending on fire conditions and activity.
Our fire crews usually work regular hours during the hottest part of the day, 10:30 to 18:30, when fires are most likely to start. The normal work shift is seven hours per day and 35 hours per week. A fire fighter is guaranteed a 3-5 month work term depending on location of employment and fire activity.
When on active fire duty, staff may work longer days and can remain on fire duty for up to 14 days before getting days off. For safety reasons, the actual number of days a fire fighter works on the fire line is limited and followed by days of rest or light duty.
If crews are not on a fire but the fire danger is high, fire fighters may be placed on standby, meaning they must be ready to respond immediately once a fire call comes in. Fire fighters may be placed on standby for extended periods throughout the fire season, including their weekends and after hours.
If you are scheduled for an interview, you will be required to participate in a fitness assessment session. At this point, you will be provided with a link to the Par Q and Questionnaire in order to do a self-assessment of your ability to complete this assessment. A Physician's Release Form needs to be completed by a physician only if you are invited to one of our training Boot Camps later in the spring. These examinations must be obtained within 30 days prior to attending camp or the Physician's Release Form will no longer be valid. This form will be provided to you if you are invited to Boot Camp.
The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.
For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please visit the Fire Crew Member website, or contact FORWMBP.WMBRecruiting@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca , before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.
NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.
Job Requirements: In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:
Secondary school graduation or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Valid First Aid Ticket OFA Level 1 with Transportation endorsement*. *OR, contact information of first aid training provider for verification of enrollment to be completed before the first day of Boot Camp (end of April)
Note: First Aid Ticket numbers with expiry dates, or proof of enrollment for the First Aid Ticket requirement, will be verified at the interview stage. This certificate must be valid through to November 2022. See the WorkSafe BC website for acceptable first aid tickets and equivalencies in the BC workplace.
Additional, upon offer of employment:
Successful completion of pre-employment fitness standard. Successful completion of the New Recruit Boot Camp training standard and related ‘S-courses’. Maintain personal weights standards as required for crew type.
Preference may be given to candidates with any of the following: BC Class 5 or 7 driver’s licence. Extensive Resource or Wilderness work experience. Resource or wilderness education (post-secondary training in Forestry, Resource Management, Earth Science or other relevant training, etc.). Experience in resource, wilderness or wildland fire fighting (may include volunteer) and/or mechanical/trades experience. High level of academics or fitness achievement. WorkSafe BC recognized OFA Level 3 valid through to October, 2020. Valid British Columbia Forest Safety Council BC Faller Certification or ENFORM Oil & Gas Faller Certification.
Provisos & Willingness Statements:
To be flexible regarding ongoing changes in responsibilities, assignments and corporate structures. To keep current on emerging issues. To take in-house training and certification as required. To fly in aircraft (fixed wing and rotary) as required. To work extended hours, including weekends, and be on standby with limited notice in accordance with the preparedness plan. To travel and overnight in remote locations where accommodations may vary as required. To participate in Incident Command System positions as assigned. To work under adverse or stressful conditions, including smoke, extreme heat and mountainous terrain in remote and isolated conditions. To obtain and maintain certification and training for crew positions to meet operational requirements. Successful completion of security screening requirements of the BC Public Service, which may include a criminal records check, and/or Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) check, and/or enhanced security screening checks as required by the ministry (Note: It is important that you read the job posting carefully to understand the specific security screening requirements pertaining to the position).
Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.
Cover letter required: YES - A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.
Résumé: YES - Ensure your résumé includes your educational accomplishments, employment history, including start and end dates [month and year] and job related responsibilities for each job in your employment history, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying. Please limit your résumé to 3 pages.
Questionnaire (COMPREHENSIVE): YES - As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.
IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.