Burn Crew Member - Prairie Forest Border Ecoregion

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Cushing, Minnesota, USA
  • Jan 30, 2020
Full time Government/Nonprofit Land Use

Job Description


The Burn Crew Member will work throughout the Prairie Forest Border Ecoregion in central and southeastern Minnesota.  This position may spend 70% of the time away from their home base.  Housing away from the home base will be will be provided by the Conservancy at a bunk house or camp ground facility.  Crew members will participate in prescribed fire activities, and other stewardship activities which may include some or all of the following functions:

  • Prescribed burn preparation, implementation, and post-fire monitoring with TNC, MN Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff.
  • Assist with maintaining TNC preserves and public lands including state-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMA's) and federally-owned Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA's) and other protected lands. 
  • Assist in fence maintenance, removal, and construction for conservation grazing.
  • Posting and signing of properties.
  • Brush/tree removal with chemical stump treatment.
  • Remove and chemically treat exotic species.
  • Maintain tools and equipment.
  • Collect and clean native seeds.
  • Monitor and record data entries for photo and vegetation research monitoring.
  • Other preserve management activities.



  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species as required completing preserve management activities.
  • Will perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.
  • 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 or able to meet qualifications for Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2) prior to the start date, 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 http://www.tncfiremanual.org/firefighter.htm     
  • 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.
  • High school diploma and 1 year training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • Experience performing physical work.
  • Ability to pass US Forest Service work capacity test at arduous level (3 mile walk with 45 lb pack in 45 minutes).
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.
  • Experience recognizing plant and animal native and exotic species in Minnesota.
  • Ability to operate and maintain various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. ATV, engine, pumps, chainsaw, brush-cutter, and two-way radio).
  • Ability to pass the DOT federal medical exam (https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/title49/section/391.41).
  • Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Ability and willingness to follow instructions from colleagues.