The Fire and Stewardship Coordinator (FSC) will work with conservation partners and private landowners to manage high quality habitats utilizing a variety of land management practices. The FSC will create and maintain positive working relationships within the conservation community as well as members of the public. This is a grant-funded, two-year term position with possible renewal in successive years.
The Fire and Stewardship Coordinator’s primary work location will be the Lebanon, Missouri area, but they will also assist in efforts on other natural areas around the state. The FSC will work hand in hand with conservation partners to set management goals/objectives and supervise work teams to achieve those goals. Prescribed fire will be an essential tool and this FSC will lead burn preparations and assist in implementation, mop-up and monitoring needs. The expectation will be that the FSC is consistently increasing fireline leadership skills and qualifications over time. The FSC should be comfortable utilizing, maintaining, and teaching safe power equipment use on and off of the fireline. The FSC should also be prepared to train staff and lead work teams in the safe application of herbicides to control invasive/non-native species and/or woody species that are impairing natural systems. The FSC will be TNC’s representative in this region, working with private landowners, fire departments, community stakeholders, and educational groups to engage them in conservation.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.
- Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and fundraising targets.
- Networks with diverse groups, including landowners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy programs/preserves.
- May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
- May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
- Frequent travel will be required, sometimes on short notice.