Fire & Restoration Practitioner III: Vancleave, MS

The Nature Conservancy
Vancleave, MS
Job Category
Full time Positions
Last Date to Apply
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Fire & Restoration Practitioner III performs and participates in preserve, restoration and research project operations including the maintenance, management, development and coordination of conservation programs. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Fire & Restoration Practitioner III (FRPIII) leads work teams to ensure the coordination, community support and implementation of preserve management plans. The FRPIII maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, removes exotic species and/or monitors and researches species, maintains tools and equipment, operates heavy machinery, and opens and closes preserve to the visiting public. The FRPIII participates in all aspects of the fire program and assists in other restoration and research projects statewide. RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE • May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers in Mississippi and Louisiana. • Function as both leader and member of a work team in a high stress team environment. • 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. • Manage databases to plan and track restoration progress. • Serve as liaison with Sandhill Crane Refuge • Maintains all equipment at the Vancleave Field Office. • Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and fundraising targets. • Networks with diverse groups, including landowners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy programs/preserves. • May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context. • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1 year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience. • NWCG FFT2 qualification (crew member) • Experience with natural systems. • Experience in ecological land management principles. • Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery including ATV, UTV, tractors and trailers. • Must have a valid driver's license and ability to get a class D CDL. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS • NWCG FFT1 qualification with open SRB taskbook. • Experience with GIS software. • Experience using herbicides in the management of vegetation. • Experience with service and repair of small engine equipment. • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. • 1 – 2 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Some experience managing volunteers or entry level staff. • Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities. • Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation/conservation or similar field. • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s). • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers). • Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
Contact Person
Becky Stowe
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