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Wildfire Training Officer (Forestry Technician 4)

Date: Jan 2, 2019


Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 1/24/2019  


Lands and Forestry 


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


Competition # 17651  



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 Training Officer, you will be responsible for all aspects of wildfire training administration including creating, coordinating and delivering new and/or existing wildfire training across the province. You will determine the provincial wildfire training needs and will develop and implement a yearly work plan to address these needs. You will accomplish this in part by staying current with changes in the wildfire training community, chairing the provincial wildfire training committee, being an active member of the national and international training committees and annually assessing the training needs of the clients.


Additionally, as part of the wildfire management team, you will act as one of the provincial fire duty officers. This includes scheduled duty shifts throughout the fire season and involves setting aircraft alerts, dispatching detection and suppression aircraft, fire equipment, fire personnel and ensuring performance of daily fire control duties (including the calculation and dissemination of provincial fire danger ratings to the appropriate agencies).


This position will report to the Manager of Forest Protection.


About You


As the successful candidate, you have completed a department recognized Technical Diploma Program in Forestry and have six (6) years of related experience . An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.


Previous wildfire, training (eg. coordination/facilitation of training programs) and public speaking experience is required.


You must be highly motivated with strong self-initiative to continually monitor, improve and develop new training initiatives and stay at the forefront of new wildfire training opportunities.


In this role, you will maintain an extensive network and build positive working relationships with numerous government and non government stakeholders (provincially, nationally and internationally). As such, exceptional interpersonal, communication (written and verbal) and consulting skills are required as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.


Excellent analytical, problem solving, decision making, organizational and time management skills are required. You have demonstrated computer skills (using Windows, Microsoft Suite and related wildfire programs) and the ability to operate department radios.


In addition, you have knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and a valid driver’s license (minimum Class 5).


The following are considered assets:

  • Adult education experience/training
  • Current standard First Aid and CPR certification


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


This role requires extensive travel throughout the province (by vehicle or aircraft), nationally and internationally.



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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