Stewardship Burn Crew Tech - Prairie Coteau

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Clear Lake, South Dakota, USA
  • Jan 30, 2020
Full time Government/Nonprofit Land Use

Job Description


SBCT will serve on a crew of 6 to 8 people.  The crew travels throughout the Prairie Coteau (northeast SD/southwest MN) landscape.   This crew is responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various preserves in the landscape.  Under the direction of a Burn Boss, the SBCT will assist with controlled burns and other land management activities which may include some or all of the tasks listed in the following Responsibilities and Scope section.  The SBCT will work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. 



  • Assist with maintaining TNC land as well as public lands including state-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMA's) and federally-owned Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA's), as well as other protected lands. 
  • Prescribed burn preparation, implementation with TNC, MN Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff.
  • Will perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.
  • Remove and chemically treat herbaceous and woody exotic species.
  • Maintain tools and equipment.
  • Post and sign properties.
  • Seed harvest.
  • 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.



  • High school diploma and 6 months of related experience.   
  • Must be qualified as, OR able to become qualified, as a Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2), including Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors on the Fire line (L-180), Introduction to Wild Land Fire Behavior (S-190), Firefighting Training (S-130), and one training burn serving under the supervision of a qualified FFT2.  See     
  • Must achieve physical fitness standard as determined by local Fire Program Manager and the TNC Fire Manual.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment.                        
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, and driver’s license).
  • Multi-lingual skills and multicultural or cross cultural experience appreciated.
  • 6 months -1 year of related experience.
  • Ability to pass NWCG arduous level “pack test” (3 mile walk with 45 lb pack in 45 minutes).
  • Ability to operate and maintain various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. engine, pumps, ATV, brush-cutter, chainsaw, two-way radio).
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species as required for preserve management activities.
  • Experience working with natural systems. 
  • Qualified or able to obtain SD Pesticide Applicator license. Have valid DOT health card or the ability to obtain a health card.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Ability and willingness to follow instructions from colleagues.