Wildland firefighter recruitment underway

The BC Wildfire Service is accepting applications for wildland firefighter positions for the 2019 fire season.

Between 150 and 200 positions are available across the province.

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Online applications can be submitted on the BC Wildfire Service website until Jan. 15.

Applicants who pass the screening phase will be invited to attend an interview and complete a fitness assessment. These steps will be completed in February in various locations throughout the province.

New recruits typically start work in early May and finish at the end of September. Students are able to end their terms early to return to school while others may be offered an opportunity to work into the fall, depending on wildfire conditions and activity.

After new recruits successfully complete their first fire season, they are eligible for recall rights and will have a job with a four-to-eight-month term. If work is available, this could lead to a year-round job with the BC Wildfire Service, allowing people to pursue firefighting as a career.

"Firefighting is a unique job," officials said in a bulletin. "It's a great opportunity for people who are interested in challenging themselves mentally and physically, seeing some of the most spectacular locations in the province, and working with a group of dedicated people who are passionate about what they do.

"During the winter, firefighters are able to spend time pursuing other activities, such as attending school or travelling.

To learn more about the application process, get details about required and preferred qualifications, and complete the online application, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirejobs

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