Prescribed Fire Crew Member, TNC-South Carolina

The Nature Conservancy
Mt Pleasant, SC or Columbia, SC
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$17/hr. + housing provided
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The “TNC Regulars” Burn Crew Member position serves a foundational role within TNC-SC’s fire program, as an implementer of prescribed fire on TNC and partner lands. Prescribed fire work will be conducted statewide, from the mountains to the coast. As such, Burn Crew Member will learn to burn in a variety of terrains and fuel types, from montane oak-hickory forests to southern rough in the Lowcountry piney woods. The South Carolina seasonal prescribed burn crew consists of three Prescribed Burn Crew Technicians and one Crew Manager. The crew assists Conservancy staff in the preparation and implementation of prescribed burns at various preserves in South Carolina which may be owned by TNC or other public or private partners (SC Forestry Commission, SC State Parks, SC DNR, etc.). The crew travels extensively as a team in one to two-week blocks between locations within the state: the coastal plain, piedmont, and mountains. As part of the incumbent’s ongoing professional development, they will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/grow professional fire certification credentials. The Burn Crew Members may assist on wildland fire operations 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. In addition, they shall work to build and maintain relationships in the professional fire community and in the local community where the Conservancy works. Position will begin on January 9, 2023 and terminate on May 26, 2023 (end date negotiable). Position will be based out of Columbia, SC, with housing provided. Hourly compensation will be $17/hr. There are four separate positions open on two separate burn crews: a crew member and crew manager for our "Regulars" crew and our Interagency (USFS) crew. These positions can be found by searching for "South Carolina fire" at the above link. If you have interest in our program, please reach out to Devin Yeatman, TNC-SC's fire manager (
•Must be qualified as a 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 •Ability to achieve a NWCG arduous wildland firefighter rating by carrying a 45lb-pack 3 miles in less than 45 minutes. •Experience operating various types of equipment, including 4WD, standard transmission vehicles, ATVs/UTVs, etc. •Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required i.e., First Aid/CPR, etc. •Ability and willingness to follow instructions from colleagues. •Willingness to travel extensively and occasionally to work weekends and maintain a flexible work schedule. •Ability to perform physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather. •Valid driver’s license and compliance with The Nature Conservancy’s auto safety program. Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of prospective employee’s motor vehicle record. •Willingness to provide lace-up leather boots, minimum height of 8 inches. •Demonstrated ability to work well with a wide variety of people in stressful conditions and to follow assignments closely. *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.
Contact Person
Devin Yeatman
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