Fire Interns

Expected Dates
January 9, 2023 to April 30, 2023
The Nature Conservancy Louisiana
Position ID
This is a 16-week paid seasonal prescribed fire technician position.  Weather-permitting, we may burn between 5,000 and 10,000 acres this year.  Most our preserves feature longleaf pine savanna communities in various phases of restoration. These communities are generally typical of a range of other southeastern fire-maintained communities, and interns will be exposed to fuels and restoration and burning techniques typical of broad regions of the Southeastern U.S. We are hiring 3 interns to work in MS and LA with frequent travel. 

The ideal candidate is someone interested in prescribed fire as part of their future career and eager to develop their skills in this field.  These positions will offer the opportunity to become proficient in prescribed fire operations, including skills in line-preparation, equipment operation and maintenance, pump and engine operations, and prescribed fire implementation in a diversity of habitats. 

This position will likely include work in invasive species management and other preserve stewardship work.  The work is often in remote settings, and will include days of physically demanding work combined with long hours. 

Living allowance: $520 per week;
One-time relocation travel allowance: $650

Conditions of Employment
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to provide proof of up to date vaccination against COVID-19. Up to date vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

  • Headquartered at Money Hill Plantation, Abita Springs, LA. Work will occur on nearby TNC preserves in Louisiana, but travel to to burn and conduct line prep on TNC preserves in south Mississippi will also occur (utilizing TNC vehicles).
  • Line-preparation, equipment operation and maintenance, pump and engine operations, prescribed fire operations (firing, holding, mop-up), basics of burn plan prep. Chainsaw training (S220 or similar) & use of equip. for herbicide application may occur.
  • Technicians will learn longleaf pine savanna ecology and history and basic techniques of longleaf mgmt and will be able to see many interesting and rare plants and animals. Housing is close to Abita Springs, a very nice regional town with good eateries.
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Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Chain Saw Skills
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
some experience