The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/diversity-inclusion-policy.aspx.

Forestry, Parks and Tourism is responsible for growing our manufactured wood products and forestry sector, preserving and managing our public lands and provincial parks and supporting our vibrant tourism industry. For more information about the Ministry of Forestry, Parks and Tourism, please visit our website at: https://www.alberta.ca/forestry-parks-and-tourism.aspx.

The Wildfire Management Branch inspires public confidence in wildfire and forest management, sustaining operations and preventative practices, and leading collaboration that enables safe and resilient communities. For more information about the Wildfire Management Branch: https://wildfire.alberta.ca/.

Role

The Junior Forest Rangers (JFR) is an exciting summer work experience program that focuses on stewardship, leadership, and traditional ecological knowledge. The program fosters an appreciation for our natural environment by completing hands-on work projects and being immersed in educational opportunities that showcase careers in forestry, wildfire, ecology and other aspects of natural resource management. We are currently seeking highly motivated, enthusiastic and outdoor-oriented individuals to lead our JFR crews throughout the province of Alberta.

JFR Crew Leaders and Sub Leaders work in pairs and their main responsibility is to supervise a six-person crew of high school students. All Leaders and Sub Leaders go through two weeks of training at the Hinton Training Centre. Leader pairs then begin the project planning phase throughout the month of June. This is done by networking with various individuals in the government, industry, and local organizations, to fill a summer calendar with a wide range of work projects and educational opportunities. Seventy percent of the program schedule is dedicated to physically active work experiences, which may include ecosystem restoration, bushcraft, wildfire or mock fire experience, tree planting, habitat construction, recreational trail construction, and more. The remaining thirty percent of the program schedule may include the following educational opportunities: forestry tours, ATV training, hunters education course, lookout tower tours, speaking with elders or knowledge keepers, wildlife ID training, and so much more. All leaders strive to ensure a safe and positive work environment for the entire crew. Evenings and weekends are spent with your crew, taking part in outdoor recreation activities and completing administrative tasks.

Crew Leaders and Sub Leaders have a start and end date of May 16 – August 25, 2023 (dates may be subject to change). There will be some travel to other areas within the province for training, area visits and program events.

JFR Crew Leaders (NR4):
The primary responsibilities of the Leader includes supervision and direction of a Sub Leader and six crew members; developing and implementing safety standards and procedures; designing a safe, rewarding work, and educational program schedule by networking and coordinating with professionals; organizing evaluations and addressing any situations with staff; and promoting team building and a positive, inclusive outdoor experience.

JFR Crew Sub Leaders (NR3):
The primary responsibilities of the Sub Leader will include assisting in the direction and supervision of all crew members, work projects, recreational outings and general camp situations; designing a safe, rewarding work, and educational program schedule by networking and coordinating with professionals; projecting and conducting maintenance and inventory inspections of all equipment; implementing safety standards and procedures; and promoting team building and a positive, inclusive outdoor experience.

Qualifications

For JFR Crew Leaders (NR4), a high school diploma plus one year related training/courses and or six months related experience is required.

For JFR Crew Sub Leaders (NR3), a high school diploma plus some related training/courses and six months related experience is required.

Directly related experience or education is considered on a one-for-one basis.

Preferred applicants:

  • Are university, college or technical school students or graduates in outdoor education, recreation, forestry, environmental science or related disciplines
  • Have experience working with youth and project planning
  • Are proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook and Excel)
  • Have outdoor skills, gravel road driving experience, and power/hand tool experience
  • Have experience in a leadership or supervisory roles

Additional requirements:
Applicants must provide proof of required items before receiving an offer letter. Applicants are able to provide proof of the documents after submitting their application. If you have these items readily available, include a copy of the following with your application:

 

  • An unrestricted, Alberta Class 5 Driver’s Licence, or equivalent
  • A minimum of Standard First Aid with Level A or C CPR certification
  • A Defensive Driving Certification (contact JFR staff for online options)
  • A completed JFR fitness form and Par-Q readiness form
  • *An Acceptable Drivers Abstract
  • *A Driver’s Abstract, showing a record of seven (7) demerits or less. Your driver’s abstract must show: your driving record for the past three years, and all violations (moving and non-moving), citations, suspensions, and any driving restrictions placed upon you.

Leaders maintain a state of physical fitness to effectively endure the rigorous working conditions. Fitness testing is a mandatory part of the hiring process. You must include proof of a passed fitness test (JFR Fitness Form) with your application. In order to participate in the 2023 JFR season, all leaders and members must pass a fitness test as part of the application process.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf.

About Your Competencies:

  • Agility– Ability to anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities, maintain resilience in times of uncertainty and effectively work in a changing environment.
  • Creative Problem Solving- Ability to assess options and implications in new ways to achieve outcomes and solutions.
  • Develop Self and Others– A commitment to lifelong learning and the desire to invest in the development of the long-term capability of yourself and others.
  • Build Collaborative Environments– Leads and contributes to the conditions and environments that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve outcomes.
  • Develop Networks– Proactively building networks, connecting and building trust in relationships with different stakeholders.

Salary

JFR Crew Leaders (NR4): 
$24.07 to $29.73 hourly

JFR Crew Sub Leaders (NR3): 
$23.28 to $28.67 per hour

*2023 salary rates are effective January 1, 2023

There is an additional 11.2% added to the hourly rate in lieu paid holidays and vacation.

  • 5.2% of regular wage earnings instead of paid holidays
  • 6%  of regular wage earnings instead of annual vacation pay

In addition to daily work Monday to Friday, leaders will be compensated for evening and weekend supervision during July and August, as applicable.

Notes

Final candidates for this position must clear a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check conducted by their local police department. In order to participate in the 2023 JFR season, all leaders and members must pass a fitness test as part of the application process.

If you are selected for an interview, you will receive the JFR Pre-Interview Guide.

Terms of employment in your resume are to be identified in months and years, highlighting applicable duties or achievements at the respective role. Those selected for an interview are requested to bring three work-related references.

How To Apply

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Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/navigating-online-jobs-application.aspx to learn more about creating a candidate profile and other tips for the Government of Alberta’s online application system.

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system, click here to access the main log in page where you are able to ‘Create an account’, reset your password (‘Forgot your password’) or ‘Sign In’ should you already have an account.

Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant.

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-jobs.aspx.

Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.

Resources for applicants:

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) https://www.alberta.ca/iqas-overview.aspx. Applicants are encouraged to include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements.

If you require further information on this job posting, contact Trevor Nichols at (780) 405-7483 or e-mail: jfr.info@gov.ab.ca.

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, continue to check http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.