Burn Crew Member – Prairie Forest Border Ecoregion, MN

The Nature Conservancy
Cushing, MN
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$12.50 to $15.50/hr DOE; housing provided
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The Burn Crew Member participates in wild land fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, and other tasks as assigned. This is a short-term position from April 3, 2018 through June 1, 2018. ​ There are 2 or 3 openings for this position available at this location. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 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. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE - 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. WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT Ability to perform heavy physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions: - require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain - require long and irregular hours in isolated settings - require independent and group efforts present frequent possibility of injury
MUST APPLY ONLINE at www.nature.org/about-us/careers/ Apply to Job ID 46044 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - High school diploma and 6 months of related experience. - Must be qualified as or able to meet qualifications for 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 http://www.tncfiremanual.org/firefighter.htm - Must achieve physical fitness standard as determined by local Fire Program Manager. - 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). PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS - High school diploma and 1 year training in science-related field or related experience in land management. - Multi-lingual and/or multicultural experience appreciated. - Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for FFT2, including Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors on the Fireline (L-180), Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190), Firefighting Training (S-130), National Incident Management System (IS-700), and one training burn serving under the supervision of a qualified FFT2. See http://www.tncfiremanual.org/firefighter.htm - 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 and willingness to follow instructions from colleagues. - Experience performing physical work. - Ability to pass the DOT federal medical exam (https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/title49/section/391.41).
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