Type of offer: 

The Burn Crew Member participates on prescribed burns throughout the Southern Blue Ridge (SBR) from October 2021 into April 2022 OR November 2021 into May 2022 (6 months). The Conservancy supports SBR Fire Learning Network partners on multiple controlled burns each year.  Under the direction of the SBR Stewardship Manager, the Crew Member provides wildland fire support for single or multi-day prescribed fire operations.  Staffing needs for this position average 2-4 operational periods bi-weekly and operational periods are at the discretion of the Stewardship Manager. Operational periods will likely be sporadic and clustered by opportune weather conditions, and no guarantee of a minimum number of opportunities is given or implied.  Under supervision by a Burn Crew Leader or SBR Stewardship Manager, Burn Crew Members will participate in opportunities only as their own schedules allow, and thus participation on any given opportunity is not required. 

The primary responsibility of the Burn Crew Member will be to assist in wildland fire operations with partners such as state and federal agencies, or on Conservancy preserves in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.  Wildland fire operations may include fire line construction, holding, ignition, patrol, mop-up, and monitoring weather.  All Conservancy staff actively participating on a burn must meet FFT2 minimum qualification but do not need a red card.  Individuals represent the Conservancy on partner burns and must act accordingly.  Potential for assisting on forestry-related projects. 

The Burn Crew Member is expected to provide some of their own personal protective equipment (Nomex pants, Nomex shirt, fire boots, hard hat) as outlined by the Conservancy’s fire management manual http://www.tncfiremanual.org/require.htm and provide their own transportation to the meet-up location in Asheville.  The Conservancy will provide radio and transportation from Asheville to and from the burn unit.  The Conservancy can provide line pack, fire shelter and radio harness, if necessary. 


  • Works in a high stress team environment.
  • Works under close supervision.
  • Ability to perform heavy physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
North Carolina
The Nature Conservancy
Sunday, October 31, 2021