Municipal Positions

The Village of Forestburg is seeking a Director of Emergency Management. Please apply to or P.O. Box 210 Forestburg, AB T0B 1N0  or in person at 4902 49th Ave. This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. 

Job title

Director of Emergency Management

Reports to



Volunteer Position – hours as required

Job purpose

The Director of Emergency Management (DEM) is a volunteer position responsible for preparing and coordinating the Municipal Emergency Plan for the Village of Forestburg. 


Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director of Emergency Management will oversee the Municipal Emergency Plan.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Manage Municipal Emergency Plan (MEP):
  • Perform reviews of the Municipal Emergency Plan at least once each year
  • Proposes changes to emergency response procedures based on regulatory changes, technological changes, or knowledge gained from outcomes of emergency situations in other jurisdictions
  • Maintains and updates all resource materials associated with the MEP
  • Plans responses to emergencies and disasters in order to minimize risk to people and property
  • Secures and maintains information regarding facilities and resources, including volunteers, of the Village and of neighbour mutual aid jurisdictions for use in emergency situations
  • Advises the Chief Administrative Officer of the needs of the Emergency Management Department and assists in the preparation of budgets for such needs
  1. Training:
  • Attends Emergency Management training courses and workshops
  • Organizes regular disaster exercises to organize local emergency response agencies, staff, and volunteers
  1. Director of Emergency Operations:
  • Establishes, maintains and runs an Emergency Operations Centre
  • Coordinates all emergency services and other resources used in an emergency
  1. Perform other related duties as required


The Director of Emergency Management must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:

  • Structure, functions and inter-relationships of local and provincial governments
  • Methods of organization, planning, management and supervisions
  • Background and objectives of the Provincial Emergency Management programs
  • Administration, budgets and human resource management

The Director of Emergency Management must demonstrate the following skills:

  • Ability to evaluate situations and exercise good judgment in making decisions
  • Ability to write out and communicate emergency preparedness plans to all levels of government, as well as to the public
  • Ability to anticipate hazards and problems that may arise from an emergency in order to respond effectively
  • Ability to make timely decisions under stressful situations
  • Ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of solutions and approaches and the cost and benefits of each action
  • Ability to work with other government agencies, law enforcement officials, first responders and the general public to coordinate emergency responses
  • Ability to organize and train a variety of people
  • Ability to remain informed of activities or changes that could affect the likelihood of an emergency or could affect response efforts and municipal emergency plan implementation

Personal Attributes

The Director of Emergency Management must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:

  • maintain standards of conduct
  • be respectful
  • possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • be flexible
  • demonstrate a dedication to the position and the Public

The Director of Emergency Management would normally attain the required knowledge, skills and attitudes through past experience with emergency management procedures or with working with first responder groups such as a fire department.

Working conditions

  1. Environmental Conditions:
  • Work is mostly performed in a climate-controlled office; however, there may be a requirement for off-site meetings in all types of weather, on an as-needed-basis
  • Travel by motor vehicle may be required from time to time
  • May be required to work long periods of time
  • May be required to work under highly stressful situations
  1. Sensory Demands:
  • Exposure to computer screens.
  • May be required to sit or stand for long periods of time.
  1. Mental Demands
  • Must work independently and is expected to provide written reports to the Chief Administrative Officer and Council
  • May be required to work under extremely stressful situations in the event that an emergency is declared
  • Stress is caused by the requirement to supervisor and direct others in a very high-paced situation.

Physical requirements

This is normally not a physically strenuous and demanding job but may involve:

  • Lifting, pulling and managing equipment and objects, ability to lift 50 lbs.;
  • Extended periods of standing and/or sitting;
  • Working in all weather, must be prepared for both extreme heat and cold;

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