SCA Team Leader- Winter Women’s Fire & Fuels

Student Conservation Association
Various Locations in Eastern/Southern US
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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Conservation Begins Here. About us: The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the largest provider of hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and adults. Program participants protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces across the country. Full Program Dates: Jan 8, 2024 – October 11, 2024 (Includes USFS AD time outlined below) SCA Program Dates:  Jan 8, 2024 – July 19, 2024 USFS Administratively Determined (AD) Dates*: Up to an additional 12-weeks after July 19 to support wildfire suppression efforts. Leaders will kick off the season with training. Project leader training may not take place at the worksite, and likely will be with other leaders who will be working across the country. Program Location: Based near Clemson, SC, with regular travel throughout the eastern/southeastern U.S. Primary Responsibilities: The Women’s Fire and Fuels Team will work closely with partners at US Forest Service (USFS). This crew of female-identifying members will consist of two leaders and six adult (18+) members. This active season will start with one week of dedicated SCA leader training, a week of leader season prep time, and two weeks of training alongside the team and USFS in chainsaw and wildland fire. This team will be working closely and regularly with two dedicated USFS primary fire employees throughout the season. *Following the SCA Program Dates listed above (1/8 - 7/19), team leaders and members will be serving directly with the USFS for up to 12 additional weeks. Housing will continue to be provided for the duration of this time. This team will have shared housing based near Clemson, SC, and will regularly travel throughout USFS Region 8. The primary objectives for this crew will be fuels reduction and prescribed burning work. The crew will prepare USFS lands for burning, conduct prescribed burning, and work on other conservation tasks as identified by the USFS. Throughout the season, the crew may have opportunities to respond to active fires. Crew members will come from diverse backgrounds and may not have fire experience. We are looking for leaders with strong leadership and organizational skills, and a passion for this field. Additionally, we are looking for leaders that are emotionally mature, can motivate and inspire their crew members, and thrive in new and changing environments. Current chainsaw certification and/or a current red card is not required for this position. Leaders will have the opportunity to gain all qualifications needed for wildland firefighting alongside their crew. Leaders should expect regular Physical Training (PT) to take place during the season. This may include stretching, running, and physical activity alongside their crew. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but those submitted before October 1, 2023, will be given priority. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis through early November, 2023. Specifically, the Crew Leader will: Co-lead a team of six female-identifying members (18+), inspire and teach crew members, promote healthy group dynamics, and facilitate effective and productive teamwork; Develop as a technical advisor with guidance and direction from USFS supervisors; Serve as a partnership representative managing relationships with the agency partner and ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects; Perform tasks as a program administrator by communicating with SCA staff, completing documentation and managing a budget; and Work variable hours (long days and/or weekend), at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, in varying weather conditions, and under physically demanding circumstances.
Leader Qualifications: Female-identifying. We welcome cis and trans females, as well as non-binary and gender non-conforming people; 21+ years of age; Ability to legally work in the US; Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 10 hours per day, exposed to the elements and lifting and/or moving 40 pounds or more. Leader may need to undergo an in-person physical at least 45 days prior to start date (1/8/24); Ability to pass the Work Capacity Test at the arduous level (a 3-mile walk with 45lb weight vest that must be completed in 45 minutes or less); Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required; Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards; Must be able to attend mandatory Crew Leader Training (week of 1/8/24); Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification (preferred but not required) Strong candidates will have: Chainsaw experience (S-212 certification); Past or current red card certification; 1 – 2 years of prescribed burning or wildland fire experience; Experience managing crews of young adults in an outdoor setting; Experience working with federal or environmental agencies to plan and complete a project; Experience with conservation work skills or related skills, such as trail maintenance, trail construction, habitat restoration, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. ATV, two-way radio); Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation; Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s); Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers) Compensation: $850/week salary (paid bi-weekly) Shared housing and field-based meals Travel stipend (up to $1000) 40 hours paid time off SCA is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity. For more information about SCA, visit us at
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