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Fort McMurray seeks 500 new staff

The local government for Fort McMurray, home to Alberta’s oilsands, is aiming to fill more than 500 staff positions during a national recruitment drive.

Following a decade of unprecedented growth, which saw the region’s population nearly triple in size to 100,000, municipal officials hope to benefit from the tough economic times in central and eastern Canada and attract workers to what is likely Canada’s hottest local government job market.

“While many employers struggle through challenging economic times, new jobs with our local government are providing concerned Canadians with stable employment solutions,” said Leslie Robertson, Acting General Manager of Human Resources. “Of the hundreds of positions we have available, there are opportunities for almost anyone. Road maintenance workers, civil engineers, graphic designers, fire fighters, financial buyers, lab technicians, recreation and arts coordinators, and department managers – these are the types of qualified people we need right now to build Alberta’s third most populated municipality.”

Since 2000, when new investment in Alberta’s oilsand industry began its historic surge upwards, the community of Fort McMurray began attracting thousands of new residents. However, with staff, programs and infrastructure in place to administer a population of just 35,000, municipal officials have struggled to keep pace with the region’s threefold growth averaging nine per cent annually.

“Recruiting remains our top priority,” said Robertson. “While there may be a slow down in the national economy, we are still hiring. Our goal is to return our municipal service levels to a standard that’s in keeping with a community our size. To do that we need plenty of talented and resourceful applicants.”

Jobs with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo offer competitive wages for all employees. For example, an entry-level Planner who just graduated from University will be offered an annual salary of $73,000, plus an additional $12,480 cost of living allowance. Currently, the Municipality’s Planning Department is looking to fill close to 50 positions.

Southern Ontario residents interested in learning more about career opportunities with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo are encouraged to attend the Work West Career Fair in Kitchener-Waterloo on March 6 and 7. Municipal employees will be at the Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel to provide more information on vacant positions and meet interested individuals in person.

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