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BC Public Service

STO 24R - Avalanche Supervisor

Hope, BC
Full Time
3 days ago
66,557 to 75,884 per year
Posting Title

STO 24R - Avalanche Supervisor

Position Classification

Scientific/Technical Off R24




Hope, BC V0X 1L0 CA (Primary)

Salary Range

$66,557.72 - $75,884.38 annually

Close Date


Job Type

Regular Full Time

Temporary End Date


BC Public Service -> Min of Trans & Infrastructure

Ministry Branch / Division

Lower Mainland District

Job Summary

Avalanche Supervisor
Scientific Technical Officer R24

On November 1, 2021 the BC Public Service announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that defines the conditions and expectations for BC Public Service employees regarding vaccination against COVID-19. Among other possible measures, proof of vaccination will be required. It is a term of acceptance of employment that you agree to comply with all vaccination requirements that apply to the public service. More information can be found here .

Make a difference in this rewarding career opportunity

The District Avalanche Supervisor operates the District level program in an expert and timely manner in order to achieve the operational objectives. The position collaborates with other ministry representatives, the maintenance contractors and key stakeholders to help prioritize improvements to the Program. The position may provide advice and/or recommendations on avalanche related matters.

A primary focus of this position is the delivery of the structured avalanche forecasting and avalanche risk mitigation program. Of equal importance is the delivery of the comprehensive avalanche risk managementprogram for all of the workplace activities related to achieving the primary objectives of the program.

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For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact . DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to , before the stated closing time , and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

Avalanche Risk Management Experience
  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 6 winter seasons of experience in an operational avalanche program.

  • A post-secondary diploma in forestry, geography, engineering or meteorology with emphasis on avalanche phenomenon and snow science research along with 4 years of experience in an operational avalanche program is preferred.
    • Note: Operational avalanche program experience must include at least 4 years in an industrial risk management program with at least 2 of those years (more preferred) in a resource and/or transportation program managing avalanche risk, directing and participating in assessments of avalanche risk, and communicating information regarding avalanche risks.

Training Certificates/Professional Associations
  • Must be registered, or be eligible to be registered, with Canadian Avalanche Association, as a professional member in good standing.
  • Canadian Avalanche Association certification (or prior Canadian Avalanche Association learning equivalency assessment) in:
    • Minimum Level 2, with Level 3preferred.
    • Advanced Weather is preferred.
    • Avalanche Search and Rescue Response is preferred; and
    • Introduction to Snow Avalanche Mapping is preferred.
  • Occupational First Aid Level 2, or equivalent, as accredited by WorkSafe BC.
  • Incident Command System 200 preferred.

Blasting Certification and Explosives Experience
  • Must have an Avalanche Control Blasting Certificate - for Hand Charge and Helicopter Control Missions - acceptable to WorkSafe BC or equivalent.
  • Workplace experience that demonstrates 5 or more years of experience with storing, transporting, handling, fixing and firing explosives for avalanche control operations.

Supervisory Experience
  • A minimum of 2 years' experience supervising staff OR an equivalent combination of experience and supervisory training.

Other Requirements
  • Operational field experience making and collecting weather, snowpack, and avalanche activity observations for avalanche forecasting and risk management.
  • Computer and communication skills to conduct data analysis and to write clear and concise technical reports.
  • Valid Class 5 BC Driver's Licence.
  • Physically fit to regularly lift in excess of 26kg, to climb towers in excess of 4m high, to travel on foot an skis in the mountains in winter, and experience traveling in avalanche terrain in a variety of conditions.
  • Willingness to work outdoors in adverse winter weather.
  • Experience with managing and conducting helicopter fieldwork.
  • Willingness to be on call 24/7 during elevated avalanche hazard forecast levels.
  • Willingness to speak in public.
  • Note: May be asked to respond to Provincial Emergency Program callouts for mutual aid, however this is not a job requirement and participation would be at the discretion of the individual/Supervisor.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Cover Letter: NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire (COMPREHENSIVE): YES- As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.

Job Category

Scientific and Technical