Wildfire Prevention Officer

BC Wildfire Service
Posted 10 days ago
Full Time

Job Description

An eligibility list may be established for future permanent and/or temporary vacancies. This posting is for Castlegar, however, Shoreacres, Nelson, Cranbrook, Invermere, Revelstoke and Grand Forks may be considered based on operational needs and office space availability. Postings for the other locations can be linked to via Requisition 87600.

On November 1, 2021 the BC Public Service announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that defines the conditions and expectations for BC Public Service employees regarding vaccination against COVID-19. Among other possible measures, proof of vaccination will be required. It is a term of acceptance of employment that you agree to comply with all vaccination requirements that apply to the public service. More information can be found here.

Join our dynamic team as a Wildfire Prevention Officer -- an exciting and rewarding career opportunity with the BC Wildfire Service!

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 1600 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.

This position is responsible for recommending and implementing strategies and provides advice and guidance to enable land managers, stakeholders and staff to achieve prevention objectives in a Fire Centre.

Nestled within the Selkirk Mountains at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers, Castlegar serves as a transportation and cultural hub for the West Kootenay region. The Sculpture Capital of Canada boasts a rich and diverse history, steeped in the heritage and culture of the Doukhobors. With a robust system of parks, hiking and biking trails, and nearby access to Nancy Greene and Syringa Provincial Parks, Castlegar offers an abundance of active healthy living options.

The BC Public Service is an award winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer.

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 information about the Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service please visit: Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca).

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact Darren.Quinn@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:

Degree in a field related to forestry, resource management, or equivalent knowledge, plus two (2) years recent (gained within the last 5 years) related experience; OR, Technical diploma in a field related to forestry, resource management, or equivalent knowledge plus four (4) years recent (gained within the last 5 years) related experience; OR, Grade 12 plus six (6) years related experience; OR, An equivalent combination of education, experience and training may be considered; AND, Related experience is defined as experience gained in operations or other disciplines related to natural resource management. Experience in program or project management. Experience working on land and resource management issues. Registered or eligible to immediately register with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) as a Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) or an equivalent as identified by the ABCFP. Preference may be given to candidates with Prescribed Burn Boss certification, Senior Fireline Certification (ex. Type 2 or higher) or Incident Command 3 or higher. Valid Class 5 driver licence.

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. 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.

CRC - A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Cover letter: NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES - A resume is required as part of your application; however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.

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

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