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Job Ref:  44874
Employer:  Nature Conservancy.
State/Province:  Florida
Type of Employment:  Full Time
Environmental Categories:  Conservation
Industries:  Personal and Household Services
Job Description:  WORK WITH US

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit to learn more.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Osceola Okefenokee (O2) Burn Crew Manager/Mentor will oversee training of 20 or more prescribed fire crew interns as Firefighter Type Twos (FFT2s) and directly supervise a squad (3-8 Burn Crew Members) that includes one FFT1 in wildland fire activities, as directed by a Burn Boss, or other command position and oversees the fire crew trainees program.


The O2 Burn Crew Manager oversees the training, partner coordination, supervision and management of fire crew trainees as part of a collaborative project that recruits underserved young people (aged 18 - 25) from the Gulf states. The program trains the young people to be FFT2s, and mentors them with live fire experience in collaboration with the US Forest Service, SCA, and Job Corps of Jacksonville. Individual will serve as a mentor, trainer and supervisor to manage up to twenty young people who will ultimately be deployed with six Conservancy seasonal fire teams in each of the Gulf states.
The Manager will also supervise up to four Burn Crew Members in wildland fire and related activities, as directed by a Burn Boss, or other command position. This seasonal prescribed burn crew of FFT2s will on a daily basis be used to conduct prescribed burns primarily North Florida and Southwestern Georgia. The crew may work in other areas of Georgia and Florida on occasion. The primary responsibility of the crew will be to conduct prescribed burns on key TNC preserves and assist TNC partners such as private land owners, state, and federal agencies.
The individual will administer the project grant, serve as a principal point of contact for the project, and assist the program participants in initiating task books and advise them in searching for professional wildland fire positions.
As part of the incumbent's ongoing professional development, she/he will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/grow professional fire certification credentials. In addition, she/he 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). To maximize the effectiveness of the crew and add to and provide a general security presence for TNC's equipment, the Burn Crew Manager must live on site with the Burn Crew Boss (or other command position) and the Burn Crew Members.


• Function as both leader and member of a work team, in a high stress team environment.
• Coordinate with partners for utilization of crews
• Manage and administer project grant
• Provide required training to program participants.
• Convey work instructions to Burn Crew members
• Serve as mentor and point of contact to program participants.
• Monitor the progress of Burn Crew Members toward achieving fire management goals including initiation of task book in consultation with the respective state Fire Manager, seeking additional employment opportunities, and seeking additional training.
• Makes decisions on the fire line based upon evaluation of fire behavior, available resources and judgment.
• Perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire including, but not limited to, planting native species and removing/controlling non-native species.
• Ability to perform heavy physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.


• High school diploma and 1 year training in fire operations or other science-related field or related experience in land management.
• Qualified Single Resource Boss (Squad Boss) and successful completion of FFT1 task book. Requirements for FFT1 can be found in the Conservancy Fire Management Manual at:
• Experience working with young people.
• Experience operating and maintaining various types of equipment.
• Experience supervising staff is required
• May be required to obtain related licenses and certifications such as CPR, Driver's license, and herbicide application.
• Must achieve physical fitness standards as set by local Fire Manager.

• 3-4 years training in fire operations or other science-related field or related experience in land management.
• ENGB / FIRB qualified.
• Ability and willingness to work in a team environment.
• Qualified as Lead or Unit Instructor for the S-212 course, current as both Intermediate Faller (FAL2) and Single Resource Boss or higher as defined in PMS 310-1.
• Facilitive Instructor Course (M410) or 40 hours of successful fire service instruction.
• Ability to evaluate inputs in a rapidly changing work environment and make decisions that affect the safety and work of firefighters within squad.
• Experience operating and maintaining various types of equipment including, but not limited to, standard transmission 4WD trucks. Proficient and comfortable pulling equipment trailers.
• Current licenses and certifications related to first aid/CPR.
• PC familiarity, in order to maintain preserve records and perform administrative duties.


  • Housing with basic utilities will be provided at no cost to the employee upon signing and agreeing to lease terms.
  • The position will run for no more than 9 months between December 5, 2016 and July 31, 2017. Begin and end dates are flexible within timeframe Employee is required to live in provided housing with the other Burn Crew Members to maximize the effectiveness of the crew.
  • $19.45 Hourly Pay
  • This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at
  • Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


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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 men and women 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.
The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.


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