Wildfire Investigator

Wildfire Investigator taking a photo of evidence

Job Classification: Program Services 1

Salary Range: $28.77 - $37.40 per hour

Length of employment: As required by the department, but generally April 15 to October 31

Deadline for application: February 10, 2017

Do you want to be a key part of our wildfire investigations program? Do you have what it takes physically and mentally to withstand working long hours determining the origin and cause of wildfires in Alberta? Do you want to learn about wildfire and develop your investigation skills?

If so, a Seasonal Wildfire Investigator position may be ideal for you.

The Seasonal Wildfire Investigator will report to an experienced Provincial Wildfire Investigator and assist the Compliance and Investigations Unit to establish wildfire origin and cause. Seasonal Investigators will receive on the job training and guidance in wildfire origin and cause determination, while practicing their skills in investigative interviewing, evidence collection, and scene documentation.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Recruitment Standards

  • Diploma or degree in Enforcement/Police and Investigations, Conservation Enforcement, or related studies
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification

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
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Investigative interviewing and evidence collection skills
  • Working knowledge of computers and applicable software
  • Good organization and time management skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills including the ability to make time-sensitive decisions

**Requirement

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

Updated: Oct 14, 2014

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Be aware of OH&S policy and adhere to high standard of safety in the work place. This includes being present for regular safety briefings
  • Demonstrate professionalism and dress in accordance with the ESRD departmental uniform policy
  • Aid in province-wide wildfire investigations
  • Gather evidence at wildfires
  • Field documentation, taking notes, photographs, and witness statements
  • Conduct follow-up and provide ongoing support during active investigations
  • Write reports, conduct research and manage files
  • Provide support to the Wildfire Investigations Program and work with staff to improve it
  • The Seasonal Wildfire Investigator will be trained to FI-110 standards with the opportunity to attend further training

Updated: Oct 14, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours are in a typical work week?

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

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.

Where will I be working?

The position is provincially based, and as such you can expect to travel around to all areas of the province depending on the fire hazard and requirements of the Department.

Updated: Oct 14, 2014

How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to:

Wildfire Investigations Seasonal Employment
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Forestry and Emergency Response Division
9th Floor, 9920 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2M4

Email*: ESRD.WildfireEmployment@gov.ab.ca
Phone: 780 427-6807

*Email is preferred

Updated: Oct 14, 2014

 

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