Prescribed Fire Apprentice

Prescribed Fire Apprentice

Type of offer:

You will represent the North America Fire Team in the places you work. Your attitude and fire practitioner skills will be important as we prepare fire lines, maintain equipment, conduct pre- and post-burn monitoring and do other prescribed fire related tasks. You may perform other land management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire. We will ask you to serve in roles commensurate with your qualification and experience.

As a full-time prescribed fire crew member, you will participate in a series of prescribed fire assignments during the fall and winter burn seasons. Most of the work we need your help with will occur between September 1- November 15, 2022, with some opportunity to begin work earlier than September 1 and end work later than November 15. Assignment locations include but are not limited to Oregon, New Mexico, Minnesota, Georgia, and North Carolina. Assignments will vary from two to four weeks in duration. If you are interested in participating in just one or two assignments during the fall and winter burn seasons, consider applying for the part-time burn crew member position.

The intent of this position is to provide training and development for entry level fire practitioners to prepare them for additional and more complex roles in fire management. This is a full-time, seasonal, hourly wage position, and overtime applies after the first 40 hours each week. Travel expenses and lodging will be covered when traveling for prescribed fire assignments.  

Hourly compensation will range from $18-$22/hour, with employees who are qualified as a Fire Effects Monitor or have experience as a FFT2 receiving wages on the high end of the range. First-time fire practitioners should expect to receive at least $18/hour- however pay adjustments will be made as experienced is gained.

Burn crew members will be expected to:

  • Perform tasks under the supervision of the Director of Prescribed Fire Training or a designated Fire Manager.
  • Ensure safe work practices.
  • Assist with all aspects of prescribed burning.
  • Maintain assigned equipment.
  • Maintain accurate records of work time, expenses, etc. and submit reports in a timely manner.
  • Work as team player.
  • Operate ATVs, UTVs, tractors, chain saws, and leaf blowers and tow trailers.
  • Be able to perform heavy physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
Location: All United States
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Deadline: August 14, 2022
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