National Certified Air Attack Officer

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Environment and Climate Change
Job ID: 23852
Salary: $87,419 - $104,423
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

Department Information

The mandate of the Department of Environment and Climate Change is to manage land, water, air, wildlife, and forests. This includes promoting, planning, and supporting the wise and sustainable use of natural resources, and protecting, restoring, and stewarding the environment for the social and economic benefit of all Northwest Territories residents.

Job Information

Reporting to the Air Attack Supervisor, the National Certified Air Attack Officer works within the guidelines of established standards and policies, provides specialized expertise and technical support for directing, coordinating, and controlling air attack operations and ensuring aviation and operational support functions are maintained. The position also provides support in the daily operations of the program.

Aerial wildland fire management is used by Environment and Climate Change as a wildfire suppression strategy. Directing and controlling of air operations by National Certified Air Attack Officers (AAON) is critical for effective aerial wildland fire management and wildland firefighting.

The AAON has control over the management of aerial response to wildland fire events where the use of airtankers is essential to the effectiveness of the suppression response. The function and decisions are carried out in field environments with no technical support.

The AAON works directly with the aircrew of the airtanker group, Regional and Territorial wildfire operations staff ensuring that airtanker group response requirements are met during mission-critical activities. The decisions made by the position have the capacity to directly affect the ability of the Department’s wildfire suppression program to provide a safe and effective response.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

A Diploma in Environment and Natural Resources Technology or Forest Technology and five seasons of ground related firefighting experience , as well as three seasons in aerial wildfire management. Must currently hold qualifications as a National Certified Air Attack Officer in accordance with national standards and specifications, have a Communications Canada Radio Operators License, and a valid Canadian Passport.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 876
Tel (867) 872-6500
Fax (867) 872-3298

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Seasonal Position

This job opening is for a seasonal position from approximately April to September each year.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 5 Driver's License

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 23852        

Closing Date: Open till filled

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $44.83 per hour plus Northern Allowance of $1.89 per hour.