FireSmart Coordinator



Effective immediately to February 1, 2023


Competition #:        83-COV-22

Closing Date:          June 10, 2022


Reporting to the Director, Fire Rescue Services, the FireSmart Coordinator is responsible for the leadership and facilitation of FireSmart related activities within the City of Vernon. The position ensures that FireSmart activities are supported, developed and implemented in accordance with Provincial guidelines and the direction and policy provided by the City of Vernon. 

Duties Include:

  • Assumes a leadership role on the City of Vernon FireSmart task force.
  • Liaises with other levels of government, such as BC Wildfire, and with UBCM to identify opportunities to complete FireSmart projects.
  • Seeks and administers new FireSmart and fuels management grant opportunities.
  • Coordinates fuels management projects.
  • Oversees the coordination of public forums, education, and demonstrations, including:
    • Organizing, planning, and participating in events to accomplish the goal of educating the public about the FireSmart principals;
    • Coordinating public education work being completed through FireSmart Community Funding & Supports grants;
    • Attending tradeshows, wildfire preparedness days, community events, etc. to engage with the public and distribute information regarding the FireSmart principals.
  • Provides FireSmart recommendations to homeowners to reduce the wildfire hazards on their properties by conducting site visits.
  • Assists with internal, external, and public communications related to FireSmart activities.
  • Oversees work performed by contractors and volunteers.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • All persons employed by the City of Vernon will be required to assist the City in providing emergency services.  Duties assigned during an emergency may differ from regular duties.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years experience working with wildfire mitigation, planning, response, recovery, or equivalent.
  • Minimum 1 year experience in program delivery, program management, or equivalent.
  • Valid BC Drivers’ License Class 5.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of contemporary Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) fuels management practices.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to deal tactfully with co-workers, community representatives and the public on various matters, including those of a sensitive nature.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to write reports and grant applications.
  • Proficient use of information technologies (computers, mobile devices, etc) including Microsoft Office Suite, presentation development tools, online education programs, and social media channels.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver educational and outreach materials to a variety of audiences.
  • Strong time management and organizational abilities.
  • Physically able to perform the duties of the position; ability to walk on even and uneven surfaces, potentially during adverse weather conditions.
  • Proven self-starter and ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to attain Local FireSmart Representative and Wildfire Mitigation Specialist. Designation.
  • Ability to travel within the Greater Vernon Area for work.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
  •  Ability to obtain and maintain an acceptable Police Information Check.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Project and contract management experience.
  • Marketing experience.
  • Adult education/training experience.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of fire and public safety education, fire service operation, and emergency management.

Conditions of Employment:

  • As a fundamental term and condition of employment with the City of Vernon, candidates will be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
How to Apply

Please submit your resume, quoting the appropriate competition number to:  Human Resources, City of Vernon, using one of the following methods:

  • Online at (In MS Word or PDF Format) or
  • By Fax:  (250) 550-3551

Internal applicants are asked to complete the Internal Application Form located on Jostle and forward this along with a resume.

By making application, you are authorizing the City of Vernon to verify, through whatever means deemed appropriate, any information included in your applicant profile.

The City of Vernon wishes to thank all applicants; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please!