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Fire Operations Technician

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Provincial Services Division - Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services
Fort Frances, Geraldton, Pickle Lake, Red Lake
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Job Term:
5 Temporary annually recurring seasonal contracts for up to 42 weeks per year (Jan-Nov)
Job Code:
41104g - Resource Technician 3 (G29 Salary Note)
$26.57 - $29.55 Per Hour*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
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Are you looking for a demanding, challenging and exciting career opportunity? If so, bring your knowledge of forest fire fighting to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment.

We offer:
• a defined benefit pension plan
• comprehensive health plan
• life and disability insurance
• flexible work arrangements
• collegial and professional work culture
• career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
• on-the-job training to support your success in the role

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the "How to apply" section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• provide group leadership, technical guidance and coordination of Fire Ranger crews
• assist in the planning and implementation of the regional fire management program that includes training, prevention, prescribed burning, suppression and equipment maintenance and development
• promote and enhance the safety management system
• work in progressively challenging fire line assignments such as sector leader or division supervisor
• act in the Sector Response Officer function as required

Note: This position will require travel and work in any area of the province and/or Canada when necessary.

How do I qualify?


• possess a valid class 'G' driver's licence or equivalent, as recognized by the Province of Ontario. The offer of employment is conditional upon the successful candidate providing proof that they have a valid driver's licence upon being hired
• qualified at a minimum of Fire Incident Commander Level 5 (requires Initial Attack Incident Commander Course SP300 or equivalent)
• physical ability to meet the demands of fire suppression activities
• ability to work for extended periods of time in adverse weather conditions
• possess or ability to obtain a valid restricted radio-telephone operator's certificate

People skills:

• demonstrated group leadership skills
• possess strong interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills
• demonstrated analytical, planning, and coordination skills

Technical knowledge:

• possess initiative and the ability to assimilate new fire suppression strategies, tactics and techniques in a variety of fire control circumstances, and to understand and meet objectives with available resources
• knowledge of aerial operations, and fire behaviour observation and predictions
• knowledge of and ability to operate and maintain forest fire suppression equipment and related equipment including pumps, chainsaws and foam injection unit
• ability to interpret and apply relevant legislation such as the Forest Fires Prevention Act and other related legislation, policies and procedures

General skills:

• ability to use geographic information systems (GIS)
• working knowledge of computer applications and word processing, databases, internet, electronic mail software and decision support systems
• understanding of worker and supervisor responsibilities as outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Additional Information:

  • 1 English Temporary - Seasonal, duration up to 42 weeks, 922 Scott St, Fort Frances, North Region
  • 1 English Temporary - Seasonal, duration up to 42 weeks, 139 Forestry Rd, Red Lake, North Region
  • 1 English Temporary - Seasonal, duration up to 42 weeks, 3 Airport Rd W, Pickle Lake, North Region
  • 2 English Temporary - Seasonal, duration up to 42 weeks, 101 MacOdrum Dr, Geraldton, North Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Lands and Resources
Posted on:
Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Friday, September 29, 2023 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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