Wildfire Detection Aide

Lookout observer station

Job Classification: Natural Resources 3

Salary Range: $22.76 - $28.03 per hour

Length of employment: As needed by the department, but generally April to September

Deadline for application: Deadline varies – please contact your local Forest Area office

Do you want to be a key part in our detection system by supporting the detection program, specifically the Lookout Observers? Do you have what it takes physically and mentally to work with the Lookout Observers in meeting their needs?

If so, a Wildfire Detection Aide position may be an ideal seasonal position for you.

A Detection Aide is required to perform a variety of duties. The first priority is to ensure the Lookout Observers receive their scheduled servicing of groceries, water and warehouse supplies. In addition, the Detection Aide may need to fill the role as Lookout Observer, document and report identified maintenance needs at the lookout, and participate in the Area’s detection program by completing fixed wing patrols.

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Minimum Recruitment Standards

High school diploma plus some related experience (i.e. up to 12 months).

Equivalency: Directly related experience or education considered on the basis of: one year of experience for one year of education or one year of education for one year of experience.

Special Requirements:

  • Physically able to perform position duties
  • Some positions require eligibility for appointment as a Peace Officer

Education & Experience Preferred

  • Valid First Aid Certificate with CPR **
  • Valid Class 5 Drivers License **
  • Valid Defensive Driving Certificate **
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Radio (Aeronautical) from Industry Canada.
  • Highly organized individual with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • ** requirement

Completion of a fitness test may be a requirement of this position.

Updated: Jan 17, 2017

  • In consultation with the supervisor, set up a spare lookout schedule with lookout staff for the season.
  • Fill the role of Lookout Observer when the designated seasonal employee for the lookout cannot fulfill his/her duties or requires time off. While in this role, carry out all regular lookout duties, including:
    • communications
    • facility maintenance
    • observations levels
    • public relations
    • weather recording
    • wildfire detection
  • Submit aircraft request for servicing through the Areas Wildfire Dispatch Supervisor.
  • Document, inventory, and report all the identified maintenance and repairs required at eat lookout facility.
  • Carry out fixed wing patrols as assigned by the Area Duty Officer.
  • Assist in the spring opening and fall closure of the all the lookouts in the Area.
  • As directed by the supervisor, ensure that all lookout documentation is being completed and submitted as required.
  • Limited support may be provided to the Areas wildfire suppression efforts where participation does not conflict with the detection program.

Updated: May 16, 2013

How many hours are in a typical work week?

The typical work week is 36.25 hours (7.25 hours/day). You will be required to work overtime as required.

Are there living accommodations available?

In most Areas living accommodations are provided at no cost. Please contact the Area directly for type and availability.

Do I require a vehicle?

A vehicle is not required however it is your responsibility to obtain transportation to and from work. While working a vehicle will be available to perform work related duties. Successful completion of defensive driving is required to operate a Department vehicle.

What type of training is available?

Both on the job and formal training are provided. The successful candidate will be required to take the Lookout Observer course at the Hinton Training Center.

Updated: May 16, 2013

Please note that a separate application is required for each area and position.

Interested applicants should submit an application to the Forest Area they wish to work in.

For more information, please contact your local Forest Area office.

Updated: Mar 3, 2017

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Updated: Jan 17, 2017