NC Coastal Fire Crew Manager

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Jan 29, 2020
Full time Government/Nonprofit Land Use

Job Description

THE ROLE:

The NC Coastal Plain Prescribed Fire Crew Manager, in Wilmington N.C., participates in preserve operations, restoration, maintenance, and management. This may include the following functions:

  • Participates in prescribed fire and wildfire activities, which may include: burn unit prep, fire operations, managing staff and volunteers, maintenance of equipment and supplies, mop up, and monitoring.
  • Participates in and manages restoration projects including thinning, planting, and other projects
  • Maintains preserves and buildings, which may include: maintaining tools and equipment, repairing fences and gates, posting boundaries, and maintaining grounds and structures at historical sites.

The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager may assist on wildland fire operations in other parts of the Coastal Plain with federal, state, or private partners, or travel to other areas of the state or out-of-state to assist other TNC programs or partners on prescribed or wildland fires.  Housing is provided to fire crew staff.

The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager coordinates day-to-day activities of the prescribed fire crew and participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. May perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Function as both leader and member of a work team, in a high stress team environment.
  • Convey work instructions to Burn Crew members.              
  • Monitor the progress of Burn Crew Members toward achieving fire management goals.
  • Makes decisions on the fire line based upon evaluation of fire behavior, available resources and judgment.
  • Perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.
  • Ability to perform heavy physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • High school diploma and 1-year training in fire operations, science-related field or similar field or related experience in land management. 
  • Qualified Fire Fighter Type 1 (Squad Boss) and successful completion of FFT1 task book.  Requirements for FFT1 can be found in the Conservancy Fire Management Manual at: http://www.tncfiremanual.org/SquadBoss.htm.
  • Must achieve physical fitness standards as set by local Fire Manager and the TNC Fire Manual.
  • Experience operating and maintaining various types of equipment.
  • Experience supervising staff or volunteers is required                                                            
  • May be required to obtain related licenses and certifications such as CPR and herbicide application.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.
  • 1-2 years training in fire operations or other science-related field or related experience in land management or similar field. 
  • Ability and willingness to work in a team environment.            
  • Ability to evaluate inputs in a rapidly changing work environment and make decisions that affect the safety and work of firefighters within squad.                      
  • PC familiarity, including database knowledge, in order to maintain preserve records.