The Nature Conservancy’s Kentucky Business Unit is seeking a full-time temporary Prescribed Fire Coordinator for the upcoming spring 2018 burn season. The position will begin February 15, 2018 and end April 20, 2018 unless other arrangements are agreed upon. The Prescribed Fire Coordinator will assist the Fire Manager with all wildland fire management activities while coordinating the use of two prescribed fire modules throughout Kentucky. Housing is provided and frequent travel is required.
The Prescribed Fire Coordinator participates in and coordinates preparation of firebreaks, burn plan writing, equipment maintenance and repair, ensuring qualifications of assigned resources. post-burn monitoring, logistical coordination, and other tasks as assigned. The incumbent will perform other preserve management and restoration duties when conditions are not conducive for prescribed fire activities.
Essentially, this position will serve as a Task Force/Strike Team Leader supervising two fire modules made up of a minimum of one type 6 fire engine each.
As part of the incumbent’s ongoing professional development, he/she will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/grow professional fire certification credentials. In addition, they shall work to build and maintain relationships in the professional fire community and in the local community where the Conservancy works. This may include participation in wild land fire suppression activities in partnership with other non-profits, local fire departments, and local, state and federal agencies, either as a TNC employee, or as a volunteer or short term employee of the partner entity (such as an Administratively Determined, short term federal employee).
• Functions as both leader and member of a work team, in a high stress team environment.
• Conveys work instructions to resources and follows instruction from the Burn Boss.
• Monitors the progress of assigned resources toward achieving fire management goals.
• Makes decisions on the fire line based upon evaluation of fire behavior, available resources and judgment.
• Performs other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.
• Performs heavy physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
• Effectively communicates with partnering agencies and works with the Fire Manager to prioritize actions.
• High school diploma and 1 year training in fire operations or other science-related 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: http://www.tncfiremanual.org/SquadBoss.htm.
• Experience operating and maintaining various types of equipment.
• Must achieve physical fitness standards as set by local Fire Manager and the TNC Fire Manual.
• Experience supervising staff or volunteers is required.
• May be required to obtain related licenses and certifications such as CPR, ATV /ORV operation, and herbicide application.
• Requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
• 5 years training in fire operations or other science-related field or related experience in land management.
• Qualified as any Single Resources Boss. Requirements for Single Resource Boss can be found in the Conservancy Fire Management Manual at: http://www.tncfiremanual.org/SquadBoss.htm.
• Qualified or Trainee Task Force Leader.
• 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.
This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.
HOW TO APPLY
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