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We are now hiring FireRangers for Northern Ontario to join the forest firefighting crews working to protect the forests, people and communities.

Being a FireRanger is a challenging and rewarding career that allows you to make a positive impact on the environment and the safety of the public. As a FireRanger, you will be responsible for protecting natural and cultural resources, as well as providing for public safety, through the detection, reporting, and suppression of wildland fires. You will have the opportunity to work outdoors in some of the most beautiful and remote wilderness areas, and you will be part of a team of dedicated team professionals who are committed to making a difference. If you are physically fit, enjoy working outdoors, and are looking for a career that is both challenging and rewarding, then a career as a FireRanger may be the perfect choice for you.

Job Term: 1 Temporary recruitment initiative to hire several fixed-term contracts and seasonally recurring positions. Seasonal, duration up to 5.5 months, Any City, anywhere in Ontario

Salary: $22.89 – $29.26 Per Hour*

What can I expect to do in this role?

Ontario FireRangers carry out all aspects of firefighting and participate in:

  • Initial attack: the action taken to halt the spreading or potential spread of a fire by the first firefighting force to arrive at the fire
  • Sustained attack: the continued action of suppressing a fire beyond the initial attack, until so far as it is under control
  • Mop-up: the act of extinguishing a fire after it has been deemed under control
  • Fire prevention
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Training
  • Resource management projects such as clearing brush or trees that could be a fire hazard

Who is Eligible?

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Able to speak English
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada and are also required to have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN)

You also need to successfully complete the following training:

Relevant Skills

  • Leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.
  • Listening skills and close attention to detail.
  • Organizational and prioritization skills.
  •  Problem-solving and judgement skills.
  • Administrative and clerical skills to complete forms, manage files and process transactions.
  • Display professional, respectful and inclusive behaviour.
  • Understanding and following organizational policies and protocols.

Opportunities may become available in the following communities throughout Ontario:

  • North East Region Locations: Chapleau, Cochrane, Haliburton, Hearst, North Bay, Garson, Timmins, Wawa.
  • North West Region Locations: Armstrong Station, Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Kenora, Pickle Lake, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay.


  • You must be able to physically report to the identified work location as alternate/remote work is not an option for these positions.
  • Relocation expenses and/or accommodations are not covered.
  • Please use your legal name when applying to the job ad.

This is a great seasonal opportunity for students, new graduates, new Canadians or anyone who is interested in building a career as a Firefighter, EMT, Emergency Response, Security Guard, Law Enforcement Officer, By Law Officer, Forester, Armed Forces or National Defence.


If you are interested and meet the eligibility requirements outlined above, CLICK HERE to complete your online application.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee’s exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.

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