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Posted: Jul 5, 2017
Closing: Jul 19, 2017

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry- Provincial Information Officer

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Edmonton

We work to enhance the economic, environmental and social contributions of our forests and forested lands to Albertans. For more information about the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry please visit our website at: For more information about the Wildfire Management Branch:

Besides being a great place to work and one where you can make a difference, we can offer you:

During emergency and crisis events, communication to the public, stakeholders and response partners is one of the most significant actions that contribute to protecting Albertans and their communities. As a Provincial Information Officer, you will not only respond to and manage crisis communications during emergencies, but will also be responsible for creating communication strategies and plans that promote and increase the awareness of department-wide initiatives striving to influence behaviour change in Albertans around wildfire, forestry, mountain pine beetle, environmental and land issues, and multiple related youth programs.

In this position, you will use a combination of traditional and modern communication tools, but when it comes to modern communication, you will be challenged with using a diverse range of tools including online newsletters and social media to capture your audience in a way that will impact their behaviour and awareness of our department-wide initiatives now and in the future.

The primary focus of this role will be traditional media relations. You will be the primary liaison for media inquiries, the lead spokesperson for the Information Unit and the developer of media materials including key messages, communication plans and press releases. These skills are required to ensure success in this role.

Furthermore, this position will include planning, designing and facilitating various education and outreach programs as well as social media initiatives and other complex projects focused on reducing human-caused wildfires, increasing knowledge of FireSmart, promoting mitigation and preparedness activities for wildfires and supporting environmental stewardship to address public and stakeholder needs. Additional responsibilities will include supervising wage employees, providing emergency and crisis communications leadership and direction, developing and delivering communication courses and leading the planning, execution and management of national level corporate events and multijurisdictional mock disasters and exercises.

If you would like to contribute your experience in the communications field to the exciting world of wildfire management and emergency communications, we would like to hear from you. The role of Provincial Information Officer is based in our downtown Edmonton office.


CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING: In this role, you will need the ability to assess options and implications in new ways to achieve outcomes and solutions. For example, you will be tasked with developing and implementing creative communications initiatives for programs which will involve conducting needs assessments and using innovative thinking to create the most appropriate product.

DRIVE FOR RESULTS: Knowing what outcomes are important and maximizing resources to achieve results that are aligned with the goals of the organization will be key while maintaining accountability to the branch and external stakeholders.

AGILITY: This position operates in an environment that is both highly political and fast-paced with potential high consequence outcomes when it comes to protecting Albertans and their communities from wildfire. You must be able to anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities and effectively work in a changing environment in order to make immediate crisis level decisions on communications strategies and provide recommendations that may have high impact high-risk implications.

DEVELOP NETWORKS: This position is responsible for proactively building networks as well as connecting and building trust in relationships with different stakeholders. Strong relationships will allow you to assess stakeholder needs in order to effectively develop and deliver marketing programs and activities, educational sessions, workshops, training and content for websites and social media campaigns.

BUILD COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS: You will be tasked with collaborating across the unit as well as with others in the Ministry and other areas of government to accomplish your goals. Being able to contribute to the conditions and environments that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve outcomes will be imperative.

Salary: $2,588.03 - $3,394.66 bi-weekly ($67,548 - $88,601 annually). Closing Date: July 19, 2017. Job ID #1043380

Qualifications: A degree in a related field such as Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or other related field plus a minimum of two years of progressively responsible related experience is required. Experience with social media, web content development/strategy, digital media, or other modern communication tools is preferred. Experience in emergency communications or wildfire will be considered an asset. Equivalencies will be considered (i.e. a related diploma and four years of related experience).

Please note this competition may be used to fill current and future vacancies at equal or lesser classifications across the Government of Alberta.

Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in-depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies:

Online applications are preferred via . If you are unable to apply online, please submit your cover letter and resume, quoting the Job ID, to: Human Resource Services, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, #304, J.G. O'Donoghue Building, 7000 - 113 Street, Edmonton, AB T6H 5T6. Phone: (780) 427-2111; Fax: (780) 427-3398. Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition. Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file.

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) - . It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact Human Resources at (780) 427- 2111. We thank all applicants for their interest. All applicants will be reviewed to determine which candidates' education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

Although this competition is closing on July 19, 2017, please continue to check for all career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.