Public Education Specialist

City of Vancouver


Public Education Specialist

Requisition ID: 13881

The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Vancouver Fire Rescue Services is seeking qualified applicants for two positions of Public Education Specialist.

Working as a member of the Public Education Branch of the Community Safety Division, you will make public presentations to speak on, educate, and demonstrate, a variety of fire safety topics and core department programs such as the Fire Safety House, the Community Extinguisher Training, the Home Safety Check, and Special Events.

Responsibilities of this position include the following:
  • Public speaking to a variety of audiences, to present, to teach, and to educate on a variety of fire safety topics
  • Teach and demonstrate the proper use of portable fire extinguishers
  • Drive, tow, unhitch, and hitch the Fire Safety House trailer and the Extinguisher trailer
  • Design PowerPoint slides, print materials, brochures, stickers, toy hats and other paraphernalia for special events, media campaigns and other fire prevention and safety education sessions
  • Conduct Home Safety Checks and assist in the installation of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Transport and carry public education supplies, equipment, and paraphernalia to fire halls, parades, and other locations for fire hall tours, and special events.
  • Organize, reorder and restock inventory of brochures, goods and supplies for small and large public events, and home safety check program.
  • Restock supplies, and clean fire safety house and extinguisher trailer and associated equipment.
  • Oversee Youth Academy alumni and other volunteers at special events
  • Utilizes all forms of media, including social media, for effective fire safety messaging to the public; and assist with media related activities such as interviews (print, radio, television, and social media) and assisting with the Department’s Public Information Officer to prepare media advisories and releases

In addition to the above duties the successful candidates are required to:
  • Operate video and photography equipment at special events and public education events
  • Produce and edit videos and photos
  • Wear all uniform clothing and/or personal protective equipment for extended periods of time as assigned or required
  • Prepare written reports, file and maintain accurate records
  • Continually maintain a high standard of professionalism, integrity, reliability and credibility, as well as continued personal and professional development
  • Effectively and collaboratively engage with various internal and external stakeholders
  • Function as an integral member of the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Fire and Rescue workforces to support corporate and Division visions and mission statements
  • Maintain discretion and confidentiality

This is a Group 2 unionized Local 18 IAFF position, working a four day 35 hour work week. Hours of work may be temporarily modified to meet departmental needs.

The successful candidate must complete training provided by the Training Division on driving, towing, and operating the Fire Safety House and the fire extinguisher trailer.

Required Qualifications:
  • Post-secondary training in fire safety, adult education, early childhood education, a teaching degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Successful completion of NFPA 1035 “Standard on Fire and Life Safety Educator” Level 1
  • Valid unrestricted BC driver’s license Class 5
  • Valid Standard First Aid/CPR-C certification or higher
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, developing, designing, preparing, and producing of public information materials, marketing programs, public involvement programs/projects and other public relations activities and public events.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering oral, audio-visual, and other informational presentations to a wide range of audiences; the general public, other internal departments and external agencies.
  • Ability to keep accurate records
  • Ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality
  • Demonstrated experience taking initiatives, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team environment as well as without direct supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to stand or walk for extended periods of time or distance, climb ladders and to lift and carry heavy items
  • Available for duty on a scheduled call out basis after hours, weekends, statutory holidays; altered shifts may be required occasionally
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Be able to provide a criminal background check indicating you have not been convicted of a criminal offence for which a pardon has not been granted, including a vulnerable sector screening (proof of this is not required until conditional offer of employment)

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Basic knowledge in the use of photography and audio visual equipment
  • NFPA 1031 “Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner” Level 1
  • Completion of three (3) years as a firefighter
  • Additional courses, education or training that are related to fire, public education, fire prevention or emergency services, trades qualifications, civil engineering programs, architectural programs or fire protection engineering programs.
  • ICS 100
  • Experience using FDM
  • Experience using Outlook, MS Word, Excel, and Power Point
  • Fluency in speaking in more than one language
  • Teaching, inspection, plans examination or emergency service experience, coaching and volunteer work.
  • Knowledge of chemistry, including knowledge of flammable and combustible liquids
  • Experience in fire prevention inspection, fire protection inspection, installation, maintenance and/or enforcement or a related field
  • Possess strong organizational skills and ability to effectively prioritize tasks and demands
  • Experience using and posting on social media
  • Previous diversity training and education and knowledge about Vancouver’s diverse communities.

All applicants must submit in confidence a complete resume via email to no later than 1630 hours on Friday, July 19, 2019.

Business Unit/Department: Community Safety Division/Fire Rescue Services
Employment Type: Regular Full Time (RFT)
Applications Close: Friday, July 19th @ 1630 hrs.

The City of Vancouver is always interested in adding high performing team members to its staff. If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply on our internal careers site.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Apply here

Organization: City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Fire & Rescue Services, Education & Training
Posted: July 4, 2019, 1:23 pm
Expires: July 19, 2019, 4:30 pm

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