Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Wildfire Management Branch
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Current B.C. Wildland Firefighter fitness standard
Become a Wildfire Fighter
Are you a physically fit, motivated, team-oriented individual looking for a challenging and dynamic workplace?
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This text will be displayed when applications are being accepted:
The British Columbia Forest Service Wildfire Management Branch is now recruiting for Fire Crew Member positions for the coming fire season. An online application must be submitted in order to be considered for employment.
Paper applications will not be accepted. The online application is the only accepted application method. The application deadline is January 24th, 2013.
Click here for details on being a Fire Crew Member.
This text will be displayed in June through October when applications will soon be accepted:
The British Columbia Forest Service Wildfire Management Branch will begin recruiting for Fire Crew Member positions for next fire season in late October or early November. Please check this page at that time to use our online application system. You must apply with an application.
This text will be displayed when applications will soon be accepted or currently are being accepted:
It is a basic requirement for all applicants to provide first aid certificate numbers or first aid registration information to indicate first aid requirements will be met prior to our New Recruit Boot Camp.
This information must be provided on the online application to be considered complete. Applications without appropriate first aid documentation will not be considered.
Demonstrated experience or knowledge in the following area will be considered preferred qualification:
It is the responsibility of candidates to clearly identify how they meet the preferred candidate qualifications.
This text will be displayed in November through January when applications are currently being accepted:
Physical Ability Assessment
As a part of the recruiting process we will conduct a physical ability assessment during the interview phase. The assessment is a required element of the recruitment process for all candidates scheduled for an interview.
The physical ability assessment will be the Leger 20-metre Shuttle Run. There will be no passing level to the shuttle run, but you will be required to participate in this assessment. Shuttle run scores will be added to your interview score to further assist in screening evaluations. All candidates who are invited to participate in our training camps (Boot Camp) later in the spring will be required to pass our pre-employment fitness standard prior to completing the training camp.
Use our online application system. Your application must be completely filled out by January 24th.
PLEASE NOTE: We are experiencing some difficulty with the menu. After logging in, look at the top left corner of the screen. If you get a message similar to the one displayed on the right, simply press Refresh to correct the error and you should be able to continue with your application. This only seems to happen when first logging in, and then works properly until the next login.
This text will be displayed when applications are no longer being accepted:
The British Columbia Forest Service Wildfire Management Branch only accepts on-line applications for Fire Crew Member positions through this website. Applications are posted on line between mid-November and January 24th.
If you are scheduled for an interview you will be required to participate in a fitness assessment session. You will need to complete a Par-Q + questionnaire which will be provided at this session prior to participating. The Physician's Release Form needs to be completed by a physician only if you are invited to one of our training Boot Camps later in the spring. These examinations must be obtained within 30 days prior to attending camp or the Physician's Release Form will no longer be valid.
This text will be displayed in February while apps are being assessed:
If you applied this year, your application is presently being assessed. Please do not contact the Wildfire Management Branch office to enquire about your application's status - we will contact you either by email or telephone. Please check this page periodically for general updates.
If you applied using our online application form, you may log on to see if any specific updates are available.
This text will be displayed in November through January when applications are currently being accepted, and in February while apps are being assessed:
We will only contact those applicants who pass the initial screening criteria and who will be invited for an interview.
This text will be displayed in March when applications when interviews are underway:
The BCFS has now completed application screening for the coming fire season. All successful candidates have been contacted to schedule interviews.
If you have not heard from us already, you are not being considered for any vacancies for this upcoming season. We thank you for your interest, and we encourage you to apply again next year. The application form for next year will be available on this web page in November.
This text will be displayed when interviews are complete:
The BCFS has now completed interviews for the coming fire season. All individuals who were interviewed will be advised of their status by mid-April.
Thank you to everyone who applied. If you are not hired this year we encourage you to apply again next year.
This text will be displayed in April when the eligibility list is done:
The BCFS has now compiled its Fire Crew eligibility list. Letters advising all candidates of their status (i.e. whether or not you are on the list) are sent via email in early April. Please do not contact the Wildfire Management Branch office to enquire about your status - you will be notified by email.
This text will be displayed in May and June when all positions are filled:
All fire positions have now been filled and only in unique circumstances will we be contacting remaining eligibility list candidates for possible hire in the current year. Anyone who was not successful in obtaining a position this year is encouraged to re-apply for next fire season.
Unfortunately, given the relatively low turnover on our crews (10 to 12%) we are not in a position to offer jobs to all the qualified people who make the eligibility list. It's a very competitive process when approximately 1000 people apply for roughly 100 jobs!
Become a Dispatcher
The Operations Centre Dispatcher is employed at the Fire Centre and fills a highly technical role. They provide the communication link between the fire control centre and the field operations in support of fire control functions.
The Dispatcher is responsible for all radio transmissions, receiving and responding to initial fire reports, monitoring and implementing all safety procedures for personnel, aircraft and equipment. Furthermore, dispatchers operate a variety of communication equipment, including computers, printers, facsimiles and telephones. The work includes transmitting, receiving, relaying and documenting communications and fire management decisions between various groups and entities within the Fire Centre boundaries.
Map of Fire Centre Boundaries
Wildfire Management Branch Seasonal Positions
The Wildfire Management Branch is comprised of a relatively large seasonal workforce, numbering close to 1,000 auxiliaries annually. The ability to voluntarily relocate or bid on vacancies in other locations has always been an option for staff on recall status. The following information is provided to ensure that everyone understands the rules and process around these opportunities.