Burn Crew Members

Expected Dates
September 8, 2020 to October 23, 2020
The Nature Conservancy Minnesota
Position ID
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
some coursework or experience
Chain Saw Skills
competent with supervision
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
competent with supervision
Orienteering compass skills
some experience