Position Information

Position Title: Fire Crew Leader

Generic Work Description Title: Fire Crew Leader

Classification: GT-03

Location: Fort Smith, NT

Business Unit – sub-unit: Southwest NWT Field Unit, Wood Buffalo National Park

Language Requirement: English Essential

Type of Employment: Term

Duration: From April 2014 to August 2014

Rate of Pay: (Based on full time year-round employment) From $52,724 to $59,783 per year, plus applicable Isolated Post Allowance

Work Profile: Supervises fire crew members and delivers wildland fuel management, prescribed fire and wildfire suppression services in support of field units’ fire management programs. Staffing Process

Staffing Process:

Area of Consideration: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

General Information

Selection process Number: 14.03.SWNWT.T.RM.OC.015

Closing date:

Applications must be recieved on or before: Thursday, April 24, 2014

General Enquiries

Contact: Jean Morin, Fire Program Manager
Phone: 867-872-7964

Submit your application to: SWNWT Human Resources

By e-mail at
By fax to 867-872-4181

Your application should clearly demonstrate that you meet all the requirements for the position and must include:

  • your résumé;
  • your cover letter demonstrating clearly how you meet the requirements of the position;
  • identifying your priority status in your cover letter, if applicable;
  • indicating your preferred official language for correspondence and assessment;
  • your personal record identifier (PRI);
  • a copy of proof of education and certification

Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the Education and Experience factors listed in the Statement of Qualifications (see below). Applicants must list all of these factors in their cover letter, and then write one or two paragraphs for each demonstrating how they meet these factors by providing concrete examples. Please note that it is not sufficient to only state that these factors are met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Resumes will be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the cover letter.

Failure to clearly demonstrate in your cover letter how you meet the Education and Experience factors found on the Statement of Qualifications (see below), may result in the rejection of your application.

Normally, applicants will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.

Statement of Qualifications

Language Requirements: English Essential

A secondary school (high school) diploma and basic fire management training.

Preference may be given to candidates with post-secondary education in natural resource management and/or Basic Wildland Fire course or equivalent

*Proof of education must be submitted with application. Failure to provide a copy of the certificate with your application will result in your application not being assessed further.


  • Experience in fire management operations related to fuel management, prescribed fire and/or fire suppression; 
  • Experience working on the fireline; 
  • Experience in using and maintaining fire equipment; 
  • Experience working in remote areas for extended periods;
  • Experience working in the forestry environment; 
  • Experience in supervision.
Preference may be given to candidates with experience in fire suppression, including mop-up and patrol on multiple fires of various sizes and complexities; experience in fire line construction using hand tools, power tools and water delivery systems and aircraft use (both fixed and rotary wing) in fire management operations; data collection (weather, fuels) for wildfire management.


  • Knowledge of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other related Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) issues;
  • Knowledge of fire management strategies and tactics for both wildland and prescribed fires;
  • Knowledge of key techniques and practices related to weather prediction, map and photo interpretation and fire behaviour prediction.


  • Ability to maintain equipment in state of readiness;
  • Ability to deliver training to fire crew members;
  • Ability to supervise staff while working under high stress;
  • Ability to use a computer for recording and reporting incidents and/or accidents.

Personal Suitability / Leadership Attributes

  • Personally connects with others;
  • Makes things happen; Communicates effectively;
  • Takes responsibility;
  • Knows oneself;
  • Demonstrates integrity.

Conditions of Employment

  • Obtain and maintain a Reliability security clearance;
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s licence;
  • Will be required to undergo and pass pre-placement and periodic medical checks, including:
    - Occupational Health Assessment for firefighters;
    - Satisfactory fitness status as outlined in the Parks Canada Fire Management Workplace Fitness Capacity Test SOP;
  • When position is located in an area classified as isolated and remote, a pre-employment medical examination of an individual and his/her dependents may be required;
  • Possession and maintenance St. John’s Ambulance Standard First Aid Certificate (or equivalent) and CPR certificate;
  • Eligible to be “hover exit” certified in a light or intermediate helicopter;
  • Certification for Chain Saw bucking/felling certification.

Operational Requirements

  • Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform and prescribed protective equipment;
  • Willingness to work and/or travel under challenging conditions (including varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation) for extended periods of time;
  • Willingness to work extensive and/or irregular hours including evenings, weekends and/or statutory holidays and overtime, when required;

Selection Process Notes

Parks Canada is committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity under the Employment Equity Act, and strives to ensure that our workforce reflects the diverse nature of Canadian society. We encourage women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of a visible minority group to self-identify in their cover letter.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection and appointment processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to this process, please advise the organization's representative of your need for accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

In accordance with paragraph 8(2)(a) of the Privacy Act, information or material, whether provided directly by the candidate or otherwise obtained by the selection board, used during the selection process for the purpose of assessing a candidate may be used as part of the selection review and recourse processes. Such relevant information may be provided to third parties, such as other candidates or their representatives, who have a legitimate reason to be aware of that information.