1. Security Guard - Remote Camps
Logging Sites - Medium Mining Operation - Weather Stations - Remote Plants - Etc.
Security Guard: Competitive Income $$$ I Vehicle Allowance I On Site Lodging
There’s no need to be a seasoned security professional to succeed in this kind of career move. Whatever the economy is doing, there is always a shortage of security guards in remote locations. To my knowledge, it’s been the case especially in Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Alberta, Alaska, Washington, and Montana. Of course, starting your own security guard company is incredibly difficult because it requires a lot of law enforcement credentials, permits, liability insurances, etc. But if you just get a basic security guard license, you are now allowed to work for any licensed patrol and security guard agency as a freelancer (as long as your client’s insurance covers you and your personal vehicle with a liability insurance, among other things). They can also hire you as an employee and require you to use your own vehicle (while normally paying for your mileage expense).
- Patrol logging/mining sites and oil and gas sites.
- Track and report suspicious activity.
- Lock and manage gates.
- Control IDs.
- Inspect trucks and other vehicles crossing your designated areas.
- Welcome visitors/job seekers and escort them.
- Flag safety hazards.
- A large territory to patrol (drive at least 50 miles every day).
- Not a job for sissies : you mostly work alone and often patrol at night.
Why this job is so cool
- The certification-training courses are really interesting, and wherever you live in Canada or the USA, you can get several recognized certifications and licenses in less than four weeks through a mix of online training and in-class courses (subjects include PCST/CSTS, WHMIS, Emergency Level First Aid, Incident Response, Observation & Patrol, Safety on Mining Access Roads, and Petroleum Safety Training). Check what’s available in the province/state where you plan to work.
- A high school education (or equivalent) is sufficient.
- You may get access to forbidden locations (including ghost towns and inaccessible weather station).
- Under certain circumstances, your Jeep can now be equipped with a rotating amber light and/or emergency flashing lights. Because you are on private property, and depending on the state/province regulations where you work, you can generally use those emergency lights on backroads and trails too.
- You contribute to protect companies' assets (and jobs).
- You act as a valuable and respected helper in case of an emergency on the site.
- Nice uniforms : companies are proud to make their security guards look good.
- You can carry a firearm at all times without being a certified “armed security guard.” Technically speaking, if you have a basic firearm license, you can carry any non-restricted loaded firearm (like a 12-gauge Remington pump shotgun) for personal wilderness protection. Having a shotgun overhead should get you some extra respect when you bring some wanderers to a halt on the company’s premises (just my humble opinion).
- You can carry a handgun at all times without being a certified armed security guard. Yes, it’s also possible to openly carry a handgun (like a .44 or .454 Magnum) when you work in the bush for, once again, personal wilderness protection. You can file an application, and if the authorities consider that your arguments are good enough (you work in an area infested with grizzlies, for instance), you might get a license.
- There is on-premise lodging. I’ve never seen a security guard having to sleep in his vehicle or a tent.
- Receive good income and plenty of other opportunities when you have accumulated some credentials.
Strategies for getting hired
- Provide your own vehicle for the job. Make your future employer save money by just asking a standard rate or flat allowance for gas and mileage.
- Don’t get only a basic security guard license but add some other certifications to your resume before applying for your first job.
- Spend some days/weeks wandering in the area before you apply for a job and try to make contact with security guards. Most are really nice guys always willing to chat. Ask them the names of security agencies operating in the area.
- During the job interview, talk about landmarks, name roads and trails by their names, and show that you know a bit about the local challenges.
- Dress, look, and speak like a security guard.
- Agree to any criminal record check and drug screening. You can also pay and bring those official documents prior to your interview.
- Show up directly atsecurity agency offices and fill out a job application on-site. If there’s a position available, wait around and sleep in the area. Keep showing up. Show them you really want to be hired.
- Ask for unpaid training with another security guard on duty to get extremely valuable experience.
- Accept any occasional shift. You need to get experience. Even an eight-hour shift looks better on your resume than nothing.
- Live frugally and stay patient (and positive) until you get your first real opportunity. Once you have accumulated some credentials, you won't believe how easy it's gonna be to find work anywhere you want.