2022 NPS Fire Corps Team (Military Veterans Only)

Expected Dates
January 3, 2022 to April 22, 2022
Natchez Trace Parkway
Position ID

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is partnering with NPS Mississippi River Zone Fire and Aviation Management to administer a veteran fire crew in 2022. The crew will focus on prescribed fire and fuels work and be based at Natchez Trace Parkway with periodically travel to other park units in the region for extended periods of time. This team of 5 will work with a crew leader and directly with NPS fire staff participating in prescribed fires, mechanical fuels reduction, fire effects monitoring, educational outreach, preparation of burn units as well as pre-suppression and suppression readiness tasks. SCA and NPS will provide your training in the following disciplines to qualify you for fire work during and after your service:

  • Fire Training (S-130, S-190, L-180, ICS100)
  • Wildland Fire Chainsaw Training (S-212)
  • Medical Training
  • SCA Corps Member Training

Compensation Details:

  • One-time Travel Allowance: $650 once
  • Weekly living allowance: $340 / week
  • Housing provided
  • Meals provided on workdays
  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps education award valued at: $1,678.57

All members are required to pass an arduous pack test to participate in the program. This includes walking 3 miles with a 45-pound weighted vest in under 45 minutes. Members that do not pass the pack test will be dismissed from the program. In addition, prescribed burning is condition-dependent and members may be required to work long hours and/or weekends depending on direction from the partner. 

NOTE: Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis, but those submitted by Oct 2021 will be given priority. Interviews will start in Oct 2021. 
Conditions of Employment
Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine;
Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements
based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection.


  • Training will be given for fire fighting, prescribed burning, and chainsaw use. Potential for training on manual transmission and use of tractor and bobcat-type equipment. Training opportunities will be given for below listed certifications.
  • Chainsaw
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Working with Animals
some experience
Plant Identification
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience