Prescribed Fire Specialist

Prescribed Fire Specialist

Type of offer:

You will represent The Nature Conservancy and the North America Fire team in the places you work.

Your attitude, mastery of fire culture, and operating standards will be important as we position you to serve on training and curriculum planning teams, assign you to provide temporary supervision for prescribed fire crews and task you to assist with planning and implementing prescribed fires.  You will need strong interpersonal skills that facilitate working independently as well as with teams of different sizes and with an array of team member styles and modes.

This position is targeting someone with previous Prescribed Fire Manager (RXMA) and/or Fire Program Manager experience. Although the position does not require applicants to be qualified as an RXMA, we will ask you to serve in roles commensurate with your current qualification up to and including Burn Boss.

You will support national and international workforce training in prescribed fire implementation and planning; work on teams and committees to develop standards and policies which support increasing and sustaining a prescribed fire workforce; provide oversight and technical support to TNC business units in select locations to ensure adherence to organizational policy, industry safe practices and mitigation of risk; and mentor and support the development of prescribed fire professionals (with an emphasis on Burn Bosses and Incident Management Teams) within TNC and partner organizations.

You may oversee 3-7 other fire practitioners or Single Resource Bosses (SRB) in wildland fire activities, as directed by a Burn Boss or Fire Manager, or other command position.

This position is a year-round, part time position based from any location in the U.S. Scheduled hours will be fewer than 20 hours/week. However, the Prescribed Fire Specialist will mobilize and travel frequently throughout year and will require significant work-hours when mobilized.

Hourly compensation will range from $33-$39.50/hour based on your qualifications and experience.

This position 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 a team player.
  • Operate ATVs, UTVs, tractors, chain saws, and leaf blowers and tow trailers.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to increasing diversity and supporting inclusion on fire crews, and be responsible for managing mixed-gender, cross-generational crews with a range of experience and skills in 24/7 work/live environments.
Location: All United States
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Deadline: September 1, 2022
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