Burn Crew Members

Expected Dates
September 8, 2020 to October 23, 2020
Site
The Nature Conservancy Minnesota
Position ID
PO-00730679
The Nature Conservancy Burn (TNC) Crew will work throughout the Prairie-Forest Border Ecoregion in central and southeast Minnesota participating in prescribed burns, preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, and post-burn monitoring. Crew members of this team must have already participated in an SCA program previously, and must be qualified as a Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2) or higher. Crew members will also be involved in other stewardship activities such as forest stand improvement, invasive species control, vegetation monitoring, equipment maintenance, and other land management activities.  

Basic Qualifications
  • Crew members must be an SCA alumni (must have previously taken part in an SCA teams program or internship)
  • Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2).
  • Experience performing physical work
  • High school diploma and 1 year training in science-related field or related experience in land management
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for FFT2, including Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors on the Fireline (L-180), Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190), Firefighting Training (S-130), National Incident Management System (IS-700), and one training burn serving under the supervision of a qualified FFT2.  See http://tncfiremanual.org/FIrefighter.htm
  • Ability to pass US Forest Service work capacity test at arduous level (3 mile walk with 45 lb pack in 45 minutes).
  • Ability to operate and maintain various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. ATV, pumps, engine, chainsaw, brush-cutter, leaf blower, & 2-way radio).
  • Experience working with our knowledge of natural systems
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues

Compensation details:
- Living allowance of $675/week
- Housing in bunk house
- $650 one time travel stipend 

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.*

Note:  This position is not eligible for the AmeriCorps education award.

  • Operations base is in Cushing, MN. Work will include travel - up to 70% of time away from base. Housing provided at base and travel housing will consist of bunk house or camping at campgrounds.
  • NWCG fire training, herbicide safety, ATV/UTV safety, chainsaw safety, water pumps, GPS & GIS
  • NWCG fire training, work with volunteers, network with conservation professionals, botany, ecology, natural history, fire ecology, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, biking, hiking, volleyball, softball, swimming
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Forestry
some coursework or experience
Chain Saw Skills
competent with supervision
GPS
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
competent with supervision
Orienteering compass skills
some experience