Job Description Summary
Each Module Assistant Leader supports the Module Leader in the safe and effective functioning of the Module. He/she contributes to the success of the organization by operating with high reliability, implementing superlative fire and stewardship projects, delivering exemplary training, collaborating successfully with many partners, capably executing administrative duties, and finding new opportunities to increase WRI’s impact.
WRI plans to field three seasonal Fire Modules in 2018. Module staffing will include one Module Leader (SRB), one Assistant Leader (FFT1), and two to four FFT2s.
The modules will be designated as the Southern Blue Ridge Module, the Virginia Allegheny Highlands Module, and the South Carolina Coastal Plain Module.
Southern Blue Ridge Module: Based near Hiawassee, GA, and working in both Georgia & South Carolina, primarily serving the Chattahoochee-Oconee and the Sumter National Forests.
Virginia Allegheny Highlands Module: Based near Hot Springs, VA, and primarily serving the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
South Carolina Coastal Plain Module: Based near Charleston, SC, and primarily serving the Francis Marion National Forest.
General Position Information
Southern Blue Ridge Module – 1 position - OPEN
Seasonal: 13-14 weeks (Includes pre-season training week)
Start & End Date: January 9 - April 20, 2018
Reports to: Team Leader
Virginia Allegheny Highlands Module – 1 position - FILLED
Seasonal: 13 weeks (Includes pre-season training week)
Reports to: Team Leader
South Carolina Coastal Plain Module – 1 position - FILLED
Seasonal: 15 weeks (Includes pre-season training week)
Reports to: Team Leader
Essential Results-Based Duties
Exemplify High Reliability Organizing principles, and commitment to excellent conservation and operational outcomes.
Report to the Module Leader, and provide leadership in the field for Module Members. The Module may at times be split into two squads, each working on different projects; during those times, the Assistant Module Leader will lead her/his respective squad.
Assure that WRI vehicles and equipment are maintained in a fire-ready status.
Use power equipment and hand tools to improve firebreaks.
Participate on prescribed burns.
Collaborate with the Module Leader and partners to deliver experiential and classroom-based wildland fire training and mentoring.
Other related duties as assigned.
Manage Information and Materials
Retain records and maintain organized hard copy and electronic files as needed.
Represent WRI Internally and Externally
Develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with existing and potential partners.
Communicate professionally and productively with WRI colleagues, partner organizations, public officials, media, and the public.
REQUIRED: Meet the National Wildland Coordinating Group qualifications and standards for Firefighter Type 1.
REQUIRED: At least 3 years’ experience in wildland fire or prescribed fire operations and leadership.
Bachelor’s degree or greater in natural sciences, natural resource management, or a related field preferred.
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Ability to effectively communicate with and lead colleagues, consistently exemplifying commitment to High Reliability Organizing principles, and correcting performance deficiencies of those whom he/she supervises in a timely and effective manner.
Ability and willingness to perform difficult physical work for extended and irregular periods, under adverse conditions and in various extremes of weather. Excellent physical conditioning and the ability to complete a standardized 3-mile fitness test carrying a 45-pound pack while walking on flat terrain in less than 45 minutes.
Ability to safely, effectively, and efficiently use and maintain common wildland fire hand tools, brush-cutters, leaf blowers, chainsaws, pumps/hose-lays, wildland fire type three, six, and seven engines, ATVs/UTVs, and other standard wildland fire equipment.
Demonstrated basic proficiency with email, word processing, spreadsheet software, and Global Positioning System technology.
Strong organizational skills applied to paper and electronic record keeping, payroll submission, and vehicle and equipment maintenance.
Valid state or international driver’s license and the ability to operate four-wheel drive vehicles while towing a trailer.
Experience and willingness to live in rustic conditions or camp for extended periods.
Ability and willingness to travel frequently and on short notice for extended periods.
Clean driving record.
Faller 2 qualification and ATV/UTV certification preferred.
Mechanical experience, i.e. troubleshooting and repairing trucks, UTVs, small engines, electrical wiring, etc.
First Responder, EMT, or Wilderness EMT certification.
This position requires the ability and willingness to perform difficult physical work for extended and irregular periods, under adverse conditions and in various extremes of weather. Excellent physical conditioning and the ability to complete a standardized 3-mile fitness test carrying a 45-pound pack while walking on flat terrain in less than 45 minutes.
How to Apply
Send your letter of interest, 3 references, and resumé to Tammy Serata via email or post at PO Box 1983, Duxbury, MA 02331.
Be sure to indicate location. (Georgia is the only location with an open FFT1 position.)
Applicants are encouraged to carefully proof read their application materials, as correct grammar, spelling, and formatting are indicative of attention to detail and commitment to excellence.
Position remains open until filled.
WRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We welcome and consider applications from all persons.