Wildland Fuels Inventory Crew

Wildland Fuels Inventory crew member in uniform kneeling on debris covered ground

There are 3 different positions in this category.

  • Wildland Fuels Inventory Crew Member
  • Wildland Fuels Inventory Crew Leader
  • Wildland Fuels Inventory Lab Technician

Length of employment: As needed by the department, but generally Lab Technicians are required from June to August with the possibility of extension into September; Crew Members and Crew Leaders are generally required from May to August

Deadline for application: February 1

The Alberta Wildland Fuels Inventory Program was established in 2006 to monitor prescribed fire treatments throughout Alberta and has now adapted to address fire environment questions related to mechanical FireSmart treatments. Wildland Fuels Inventory crews establish monitoring plots throughout the province of Alberta to quantify pre-burn fuel load and vegetative composition, immediate post-burn effects, and long-term vegetative response to prescribed fire and mechanical treatments. The objective of this program is to build a provincial database and decision support tool for prescribed fire and FireSmart planning.

No one knows the job better than past crew members, so let them tell you themselves what the highlights of this job are for them and learn more about what Alberta’s action in helping mitigate wildfire threat through forest fuels engineering and monitoring vegetation after a prescribed fire and FireSmart treatment.

Wildland Fuels Inventory Crew Member

Job Classification: Natural Resources 3

Salary Range: $22.76 - $28.03 per hour

Do you want to be a part of collecting valuable data for the Alberta Prescribed Fire and FireSmart programs? Do you have what it takes to work outside in a wide range of weather conditions in remote wilderness locations? Are you detail oriented and enjoy hands on work?

If so, a Wildland Fuels Inventory Crew Member position may be an ideal seasonal position for you.

A Wildland Fuels Inventory Crew Member is responsible for assisting with field sampling work for the Alberta Wildland Fuels Inventory Program throughout the Alberta Forest Protection Area. The objective of this program is to collect detailed field information in order to build a decision support system for prescribed fire and FireSmart planning.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Recruitment Standards

  • High school diploma plus one year post-secondary education or training in forestry, natural resource, or environmental science program.
  • Six months related field experience conducting forest and/or vegetation related sampling.
  • 18 years of age.

Requirements (must have upon commencement of position)

  • Valid Standard First Aid with CPR
  • Valid Class 5 Drivers License
  • Valid Defensive Driving Certificate

Education & Experience Preferred

  • Fire behaviour knowledge
  • Knowledge of the Incident Command System
  • Radio operation
  • Helicopter safety
  • Bear/wildlife safety
  • Orienteering and surveying skills
  • Plant identification, forest mensuration and vegetation sampling skills
  • Excellent problem solving, communication and organization skills

Completion of a fitness test (2 mile walk while carrying 25 lbs ≤30 minutes) may be a requirement of this position.

Roles & 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.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with other crew members.
  • Collect fuel load and vegetation data for Wildland Fuels Inventory Program and fire science research projects.
  • Maintain accurate and high quality data collection.
  • Assist crew supervisor with compiling completed data sheets at end of each shift.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I expect to work?

Crews will begin and end each shift in Edmonton and could be located anywhere in the province for the duration of their shift.

What type of work shifts are expected for this position?

Normal shifts are 9/5, but if working on a prescribed fire, the shift could be extended based on work load.

Are meals and accommodations provided for this position?

Most shifts will be spent staying at primary or secondary fire bases, where meals and accommodation will be provided while on shift. Crews are responsible for their own accommodations off shift.

What kind of field gear would I need to bring on shift?

During a field season, Wildland Fuels Inventory Crews are subject to extreme weather conditions. Members are expected to have adequate work clothing:

  • Comfortable hiking books.
  • Good rain gear is essential. You will want a completely waterproof and durable outfit – pants, jacket, boots and hat/hood. Good options for material include rubber or Gortex, but you should be prepared for your gear to get dirty.
  • A ball cap, toque and mitts/gloves are also good items to bring along.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Personal items.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (hardhats, Nomex, eye and ear protection, first aid kits) and backpacks will be provided.

Updated: Sep 10, 2015

Wildland Fuels Inventory Crew Leader

Job Classification: Natural Resources 4

Salary Range: $23.54 - $ 29.06 per hour

Do you want to be a part of collecting valuable data for the Prescribed Fire and FireSmart programs? Do you have what it takes to work outside in a wide range of weather conditions in remote wilderness locations? Are you detail oriented and enjoy hands on field work? Do you have experience supervising field staff?

If so, a Wildland Fuels Inventory Crew Leader position may be an ideal seasonal position for you.

A Wildland Fuels Inventory Crew Leader is required to perform a variety of duties. Along with overseeing sampling work with your crew for the Alberta Wildland Fuels Inventory Program, you will determine crew schedules based on area priorities, liaise with field offices, manage your assigned workload, ensure crew safety and maintain accurate inventory reporting.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Recruitment Standards

  • High school diploma plus one year post-secondary education or training in forestry, natural resource, or environmental science program.
  • Six months related experience conducting forest and/or vegetation-related sampling.
  • 18 years of age.

Requirements (must have upon commencement of position)

  • Valid Standard First Aid with CPR
  • Valid Class 5 Drivers Licence
  • Valid Defensive Driving Certificate

Education & Experience Preferred/Required

  • Fire behaviour knowledge
  • Knowledge of the Incident Command System
  • Radio operation
  • Bear/wildlife safety
  • Helicopter safety
  • Excellent problem solving, communication and organization skills
  • Organization, time management, communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Experience supervising field staff
  • Ability to use ArcGIS to create field maps
  • Orienteering and survey skills
  • Plant identification, forest mensuration and vegetation sampling skills

Completion of a fitness test (2 mile walk while carrying 25 lbs in ≤30 minutes) may be a requirement of this position.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Determine work plan and sampling locations for each shift based on provincial and area priorities
  • Collect fuel load and vegetation data for Wildland Fuels Inventory Program and fire science research projects
  • Ensure accurate and high quality data collection among crew members
  • Compile completed data sheets and submit to Fire Science Technologist at end of each shift
  • Assist with staff training and mentoring
  • Assist with data entry
  • Assist with map making
  • Assist with booking accommodations and rotary wing transportation
  • Provide frequent work-progress updates to respective Area Duty Officer/WPO/WOO/WSF and Edmonton FireSmart Vegetation Management Specialist
  • Ensure crew members are aware of OH&S policy and adhere to high standard of safety in the work place. This includes district check-in/check-out procedures and regular safety briefings.
  • Ensure crew demonstrates professionalism and dresses in accordance with the departmental uniform policy
  • Maintain open lines of communication with crew members and senior staff and ensure timely conflict resolution

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I expect to work?

Crews will begin and end each shift in Edmonton and could be located anywhere in the province for the duration of their shift.

What type of work shifts are expected for this position?

Normal shifts are 9/5, but if working on a prescribed fire, the shift could be extended based on work load.

Are meals and accommodations provided for this position?

Most shifts will be spent staying at primary or secondary fire bases where meals and accommodation will be provided. Crews are responsible for their own accommodations off shift.

What kind of field gear would I need to bring on shift?

During a field season, Wildland Fuels Inventory Crews are subject to extreme weather conditions. Members are expected to have adequate work clothing:

  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Good rain gear is essential. You will want a completely waterproof and durable outfit – pants, jacket, boots, and hat/hood. Good options for material include rubber or Gortex, but you should be prepared for your gear to get dirty.
  • A ball cap, toque and mitts/gloves are also good items to bring along
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal items
  • Personal Protective Equipment (hardhats, Nomex eye and ear protection, first aid kits) and backpacks will be provided.

Updated: Feb 23, 2016

Wildland Fuels Inventory Lab Technician

Job Classification: Natural Resources 3

Salary Range: $22.76 - $28.03 per hour

Are you organized and detail oriented? Do you enjoy data management and ensuring a high level of quality control in the work you do? Do you enjoy working on a variety of projects and setting your own schedule?

If so, a Wildland Fuels Inventory Lab Technician position may be an ideal seasonal position for you.

A Wildland Fuels Inventory Lab Technician is responsible for processing fuel moisture and fuel load vegetation samples collected by field crews for the Alberta Wildland Fuels Inventory Program.

The objective of this program is to collect detailed field information in order to build a decision support system for prescribed fire and FireSmart planning. By processing samples, maintaining quality records and providing assistance with data analysis you will be playing an essential part in this exciting program.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Recruitment Standards

  • High school diploma plus one year post-secondary education or training in forestry, natural resource, or environmental science program.
  • Six months related experience.
  • 18 years of age.

Requirements (must have upon commencement of position)

  • Valid Standard First Aid with CPR
  • Valid Class 5 Drivers License
  • Valid Defensive Driving Certificate

Education & Experience Preferred

  • Organization and time management skills
  • Detail oriented and able to multitask
  • Data management skill and experience with Microsoft Access.
  • Knowledge of OH&S legislation and safe work practices.

Completion of a fitness test (2 mile walk while carrying 25 lbs in ≤30 minutes) may be a requirement of this position.

Roles & 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.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with direct supervisor and senior staff.
  • Weigh and oven dry fuel load and fuel moisture samples for the Alberta Wildland Fuels Inventory Program.
  • Maintain accurate and high quality data records.
  • Assist with other fire science related projects as required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I expect to work?

Normal shifts are in Edmonton, but should an opportunity arise to assist with fieldwork, you may be relocated anywhere in the province for the duration of a shift.

What type of work shifts are expected for this position?

Normal shifts are 5/2, but should opportunity to assist with work in the field, the shift could be extended based on work load.

Are meals and accommodations provided for this position?

No, meals and accommodations are the responsibility of the successful candidate.

Updated: Sep 10, 2015

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit each of the following:

  • cover letter,
  • resume, and
  • at least two references, each sent as a separate PDF files with the naming convention firstname.lastname.documentname.pdf (ie: john.smith.references.pdf).

Applications can be sent to:

Program Coordinator, Alberta Wildland Fuels Inventory Program
c/o 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

We thank all those apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

 

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Updated: Dec 15, 2016