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Wildfire Equipment Officer (Forestry Technician 4)

Date: Jan 3, 2019


Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 1/24/2019  


Lands and Forestry 


Wildfire Equipment Officer (Forestry Technician 4), Permanent, SHUBENACADIE 


Competition # 17658  



About Us


Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Lands and Forestry is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province's Crown land. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province.


About Our Opportunity


As the Wildfire Equipment Officer, you will be responsible for the support, implementation and the delivery of the wildfire equipment program that is part of the provinces Wildfire Management program. This includes provincial coordination for wildfire resources, equipment and other wildfire assets. You will be responsible for all aspects of the wildfire equipment program including but not limited to:

  • coordinating the province wide preventative maintenance program of wildfire fighting equipment
  • assessing conditions of wildfire facilities and equipment
  • monitoring inventory levels/requirements and coordinating the purchasing of tools, equipment, supplies and materials
  • overseeing requests for fabrication of wildfire suppression equipment
  • maintaining the provincial wildfire weather system

As wildfire management is a global and collaborative effort, you will have the opportunity to represent the province on regional, provincial, national and international committees dealing with wildfire equipment issues. You will build and maintain an extensive network and working relationships with numerous government and non-government stakeholders and clients ensuring emerging issues are anticipated and communicated to the Manager, Forest Protection. As we continually strive to stay at the forefront of Wildfire Management, you will be responsible for being aware of new processes, trends and initiatives (as they emerge) and transferring them to or incorporating them into Nova Scotia’s provincial program.


During extreme wildfire risk and activity, you will use your technical knowledge and experience to help make decisions which have an impact on public safety. You will also execute and/or oversee a variety of procurement and applicable administrative operations necessary to meet departmental and corporate reporting requirements. 

In addition:

You will oversee a team of support staff who are responsible for maintaining, repairing and fabricating current and new items of wildfire equipment inventory for the province. You will also coordinate the activities of the Departmental Wildfire Technicians and organize program specific training as they assist in maintaining wildfire equipment assigned to their district(s).


As part of the Forest Protection team, you will perform as one of the provincial fire duty officers. This includes scheduled duty shifts throughout the fire season and involves setting aircraft alerts, dispatch of detection and suppression aircraft, fire equipment, fire personnel and for ensuring performance of daily fire control duties including the calculation and dissemination of provincial fire danger ratings to the appropriate agencies.


This position reports to the Manager, Forest Protection.


About You


As the successful candidate, you have completed a department recognized forestry (or related Natural Resources Technician) Diploma Program and have six (6) years of related experience (preferably in wildfire management). An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.


You must have a strong technical background that can be applied to all aspects of wildfire management including, but not limited to, technical knowledge of wildfire equipment, wildfire protocols, wildfire risk, hazard and behavior, wildfire terminology and overall wildfire management concepts. 


You have a good working knowledge of the principles and practices of welding, metal fabrication, pipe fitting, small engine repair, auto electric, wildfire equipment and inventory systems.


You have demonstrated experience and training in a leadership role with decision making responsibilities for operational and employee performance management. You are an excellent communicator (both in writing and verbally) and have exceptional interpersonal skills which enable you to build and maintain functional and effective relationships with many diverse clients and organizations. You have demonstrated problem solving, time management and organizational skills. This is a specialized position and you must be highly motivated with strong self-initiative and judgement to produce accurate and reliable results.


It would be considered an asset if you have:

  • wildfire management experience
  • public speaking experience
  • a strong working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet programs
  • previous project planning, development and implementation experience with government and non-government agencies

We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.


Other Considerations


A valid NS driver’s license (minimum Class 5) is required as you will be required to operate or travel in department vehicles and helicopters. This role requires extensive travel throughout the province (by vehicle or aircraft), nationally and internationally. Work environment may result in occasioned exposure to welding fumes, noise, etc.



Pay Grade:  TE 27  


Salary Range:  $2,405.00 - $2,794.00 Bi-Weekly


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU).


If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.  


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates.


Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact


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