NC Sandhills Burn Crew Manager

The Nature Conservancy
Southern Pines North Carolina
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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We’re Looking for You: Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I make a difference?”, but you don’t know where to go or have the time to do it? Welcome to The Nature Conservancy. You have found the solution and now you can pointedly make a difference every day! In this role, you will function as both a leader and a member of a work team. You will lead the team by monitoring the progress of burn crew members toward achieving the fire management goals. You will be a key decision maker on the fire line based on your evaluation of fire behavior, available resources and judgment. The Sandhills WRC Burn Crew Manager position is based in or near Southern Pines, NC. Southern Pines is a rural setting. Some overtime may be allowed. Housing is provided. Six-month position (December – June) with the possibility to extend to 18 months contingent on funding. You may perform heavy physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. Who We Are: The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or on Glassdoor. What We Can Achieve Together: The NC Sandhills Burn Crew Manager oversees a squad (4-8 Burn Crew Members) in wild land fire activities, as directed by a Burn Boss, or other command position. The Burn Crew Manager (1 Position) 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 Burn Crew Manager may assist on wildland fire operations in other parts of the region 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. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. The Burn Crew Manager may perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”
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: Must achieve physical fitness standards as set by local Fire Manager and the TNC Fire Manual. Experience operating and maintaining various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.: chainsaw, ATV, tractor and implements, leaf blower, BK radio, hand tools, drip torch, etc.) 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. Please indicate this in your resume. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions from co-workers. Ability to develop timeframes and then complete tasks within timeframes. Experience and willingness to supervise a wide range of people (TNC staff and volunteers). Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather. Ability to navigate to remote sites with maps, written directions, and GPS. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. 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. HOW TO APPLY To learn more and apply for job ID 52062, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law. Do you have military experience? Visit our U.S. Military Skills Translator to match your military experience with our current job openings! TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line. Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.
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